Genre: True Crime
Rating: 4.0/5.0 Stars
Main Takeaway: A heart-wrenching account of a little-known crime against humanity. Must read.
In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann investigates the case of the multiple murders of Osage Native Americans in Oklahoma during the 1920s. Starting with the grisly murder of Anna Brown, slowly Mollie Burkhart’s family starts to dwindle, their lives and oil fortune threatened by unknown, powerful forces. Grann, through years of meticulous research and a devotion to delivering justice, sheds new light on Osage County’s Reign of Terror and reveals a previously unknown and even more sinister conspiracy behind it.
This true crime novel has been on my radar for a while. Family, friends, bookstagrammers have raved how haunting, how fascinating this story was to read, and it truly was. And though I’m late to the Killers of the Flower Moon party, Grann hooked me and kept me trailing. I became so invested in these murders (truly, I lost count of how many Grann details), and I felt such compassion for members of the Osage tribes I almost didn’t want to continue reading, fearing who might be the next to die. I was fascinated by how such an atrocious crime could go virtually unknown and unspoken about in the history books. I was haunted by the how callous, unremorseful, and cut-throat man can clearly be. I was chilled that so much crime went unsolved, so much justice not served.
Grann investigates and writes like a true detective, weaving fact, suspicion and narrative into one provocative story. Killers of the Flower Moon is for fans of true crime or general nonfiction alike, for fans of mystery of all kinds, and for the history buffs that bring fascinating stories like this one to light.