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Aug 2018: Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Non-Fiction suggested by Terry

A National Book Award Finalist and Amazon Best Book of 2017, a true crime historical account, disturbing and wonderfully told. It captures an era of lawlessness and greed in frontier life in Oklahoma in the 1920s.

After oil was discovered beneath their land, members of the Osage Indian nation became the richest people per capita in the world. Then they began to be killed off. As the death toll climbed, the FBI took up the case. It was one of their first major homicide investigations and they badly bungled it. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.