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Killers of the Flower Moon Audiobook

Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI

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Publisher's Summary

"A fiercely entertaining mystery story and a wrenching exploration of evil" (Kate Atkinson)

From the best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, soon to be a major film starring Charlie Hunnam, Sienna Miller, and Robert Pattison, comes a true-life murder story that became one of the newly created FBI's first major homicide investigations.

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And this was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.

As the death toll climbed, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization's first major homicide investigations, and the bureau badly bungled it. In desperation its young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. Together with the Osage, he and his undercover team began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

©2017 David Grann (P)2017 Simon & Schuster

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    P Garbett 29/04/2017
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    "A tale of stupefying greed, corruption and racism"
    Where does Killers of the Flower Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Osage county, !920’s Oklahoma, and the native American people, the Osage, were notionally the wealthiest per capita of that time. Sitting atop vast oil reserves to which they had legal title, outsiders viewed their wealth variously as a source of fascination and envy. Indeed, and carrying over much of the vestiges of racism from the prior century, for many the Indians did not deserve to be so fortunate. Government policies of paternalism, corruption at state and local level in which whites were always favoured, and venal criminality leading to countless murders, meant for the Osage this period is remembered as the reign of terror.

    I cannot recommend this book enough.


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    Ms. Ej Austin Bucks, UK 19/06/2017
    Ms. Ej Austin Bucks, UK 19/06/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "brilliant"

    I loved every minute, tragic and mysterious, dripping in deceit and a real eye opener

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    Mark 08/06/2017
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    "A story that'll have people talking like 'serial' or 'making a murderer'"

    Fantastic book but I didn't enjoy the direction of the read. The first narrator seems to have been produced to sound like she's reading a pulp fiction and although the middle section of the book is written in this style the first section is not. In short the read detracts from what is a brilliantly researched and fascinating non fiction.

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    Moimeme 27/07/2017
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    "Intriguing"

    This was not a typical murder mystery which is what makes it so compelling. They don't teach this stuff in class. It is genuinely captivating. The narration is good though with varying strengths (I prefer the last two.) that said I literally fell asleep at the end. I tried to stay awake but I couldn't see it through in full consciousness

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    Mr. C. G. Cutler UK 22/07/2017
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    Overall,it was well written ,it contained a lot of detail which , at times ,it went over more than once.The idea of the murders linked with the birth of the F.B.I worked well and me an insight into the history of one group of Indian people and how they were treated by the 'White Man'.

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    Ruben 15/05/2017
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    "incredible story"

    quite an incredible and sad story. the writer clearly did his research and that makes the book interesting especially in its third and final part. however, in my opinion the story could have been told and written better. it is a matter of taste, but it is written as a journalistic account more than as a novel. also the part on the FBI and the birth of the FBI are not really relevant to the story and not really interesting either.

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    What did you love best about Killers of the Flower Moon?

    This is the kind of book that you read and you wonder - how have I never heard this story before? An amazing narrative, told with skill and lyricism.


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