Book Group

Monday, December 9th, 5:30pm

In the 1920s, after oil was discovered on their land, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma.  Then, one by one, they began to be killed off and more Osage continued to die under mysterious circumstances, and anyone who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
 
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann recreates the mystery as the death toll surpasses more than twenty-four Osage, and the newly created F.B.I. takes up the case, in what became one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations.  The bureau was then notoriously corrupt and initially bungled the case.  Eventually, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery.  White put together an undercover team, including one of the only Native American agents in the bureau.  They infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest modern techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most sinister conspiracies in American history.