EVENT OVERVIEW: David Grann will Present his New Hardcover Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Grann is a Staff Writer at The New Yorker and the Bestselling Author of The Lost City of Z, which was chosen as one of the Best Books of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He is also the Author of The Devil and Sherlock Holmes. His work has garnered several honors for outstanding journalism, including a George Polk Award.
ABOUT THE NEW BOOK: From New Yorker Staff Writer David Grann, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
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 it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances. In this last remnant of the Wild West where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the Phantom Terror, roamed many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization's first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history. In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood.
Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 6:30 PM
LOCATION: Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64157
EVENT FORMAT: David Grann will Present his New Hardcover Killers of the Flower Moon and answer audience questions. A Booksigning will follow the Presentation.
ADMISSION PACKAGE: This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event. Registration is Required at www.KCLibrary.org or Call the Library at 816-701-3407. Seating is General Admission. Rainy Day Books will have David Grann’s Books for Sale at this Event.
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