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"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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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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brilliant

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

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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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The birth of the FBI

Whether you regularly devour history audiobooks or have never even considered listening to non-fiction accounts of the past, I think you'll find it difficult to resist David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon. A history of the crimes inflicted on the Osage Indian nation and the role that the fledgling FBI played in the investigations unfolds more like a fast-paced thriller, not just for the completely enthralling style of writing but also because the events just seem too unbelievable to have ever taken place. While the ever-growing web of lies and conspiracies clearly takes centre-stage here, it's the window into the lives of both the Osage people and the men employed by a young Hoover to carry out his agenda that fascinated me. And with the great Will Patton as one of the narrators, it's easily one of the best books I've listened to in a while.

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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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This is amazing and heartbreaking

This true story is incredible. Well researched, presented and told. Especially loved Will Pattons performance.

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would recommend

the story is interesting but it takes a while to get into. the readers are engaging and have pleasent intonation

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Fascinating story that needs to be heard.

A sad part of history I'd never heard before and also a fascinating glimpse into that transitional period in America when the wild frontier merged not so gracefully with the modern world and "progress".

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An interesting story not well told

I am not sure if the book failed to please me because it was poorly written or poorly narrated.

The prose style is very heavy and not easy to follow. Requires heavy concentration. The use of three narrators does not work for me. Two were ponderous and one ok. When I read a book I don’t have three “voices” in my head so I find it detracts from the pleasure.

The story is an interesting one and needs telling.

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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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Extraordinary

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.