David Grann’s, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the F.B.I., is a gripping account of an event in the history of one of the richest Native American tribes in the United States. When oil is discovered on their reservation, the Osage Nation uses their newly discovered resources to provide a future for their families. However, their happiness is short-lived when prominent tribe members begin to die under mysterious circumstances, and no one seems to be willing or able to get the answers these proud people so desperately need. Then J. Edgar Hoover and Tom White, a Texas Ranger, step in.
Killers of the Flower Moon is a work of nonfiction, but it reads like a mystery novel. It is incredibly well-written and meticulously researched by a tireless reporter who stops at nothing to get to the truth and obtain a measure of justice for a people maligned and mistreated by those who were entrusted with their care. Fans of History will find this an engrossing and informative tale, while others new to the genre will find it far from a dry textbook version of an isolated event. More history should be as documented, dramatic, and well-written as this. And more Americans should learn about the heroes and villains that make their heritage what it is. I highly recommend Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of F.B.I.