52 Weeks, 52 Books: Week 39

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann // Award-winning true crime

This book is not for the faint of heart. I don’t know that I’ve ever started a book recommendation with a warning like that, but this book warrants it. Don’t get me wrong: this is also an absolutely fantastically written book that is impossible to put down. You don’t even just have to trust me on this—it won the Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime book. It’s a work of great achievement. But oh, how sad it is.

Killers of the Flower Moon is set in the Oklahoma, amongst the Osage Indian Nation. The Osage were incredibly rich because oil was discovered beneath their lands in Oklahoma; they were living a life of luxury. And then someone started to murder Osage. This is the story of the unraveling of the mystery of how this happened, and how the newly born FBI worked with the Osage to crack the case. I can’t call this a straight-up murder-mystery though, because I think the book goes beyond that. In my personal notes from when I read it, I described the last section as “chilling”, so don’t expect a neat bow, or an entirely happy ending. But I’m so glad I read this book. It was so worth the time and heartache.

If you feel up to it, click here to place this book on hold.

--Ang

Created by Ang Romano on May 10th, 2018 @ 11:26 AM.
Updated on May 10th, 2018 @ 11:29 AM.