The new novel from David Grann is just as engrossing as his last, The Lost City of Z. Killers of the Flower Moon is a historical investigation into the murders of multiple Osage Indians in Oklahoma in the early 1900’s. It reeks of irony to me that these people were shoved to a dusty piece of land given to them by our government, only to strike it rich when oil is found there. Then, they are systematically murdered and the motivation is greed for the sudden wealth they have come into. This sounds like a great fictional idea for a story, but sadly this really happened in America.
These weren’t just regular murders either, we are talking about poisonings and bombs detonating in people’s homes. A long reaching, scheming conspiracy that even involved some members of the family and local government. Another interesting facet of the story is that this was really the first major murder case the FBI participated in, under new director J. Edgar Hoover. I really found this story interesting and was amazed that something this sad went on in our country’s history.
The best news about this story is that Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro have been announced as in talks for a film adaptation. Two books in a row adapted for the screen, you must be doing something right Mr. Grann.