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Author: David Grann Narrator: Ann Marie Lee, Will Patton, Danny Campbell Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Release Date: April 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780307747457

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"Disturbing and riveting...It will sear your soul." Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review


Named a best book of the year by Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR's Maureen CorriganNPR's "On Point," Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub's "Ultimate Best Books," Library Journal, Paste, Kirkus, and
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From New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times best-selling 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.

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  • “Disturbing and riveting…Grann has proved himself a master of spinning…many-layered mysteries that also happen to be true…It will sear your soul.”

    - Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author
  • The best book of the year so far.

    - Entertainment Weekly
  • A marvel of detective-like research and narrative verve.

    - Financial Times
  • A shocking whodunit…What more could fans of true-crime thrillers ask?

    - USA Today
  • A master of the detective form…Killers is something rather deep and not easily forgotten.

    - Wall St. Journal
  • Extraordinary

    - Time Magazine
  • “The work is so rich that it takes three people to perform it… Will Patton and Danny Campbell, who mainly narrate the investigation by the nascent FBI and the subsequent trial, sound grim and gritty, as befits the story…Together, the narrators’ delivery is powerful, making it a story listeners will never forget.”

    - AudioFile
  • “This book is incredibly researched and stunningly written.”

    - GQ
  • “A fiercely entertaining mystery story and a wrenching exploration of evil.”

    - Kate Atkinson, New York Times bestselling author
  • “David Grann is a terrific journalist, and this is maybe the best thing he’s ever written.”

    - Jon Krakauer, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Utterly original; completely compelling.”

    - Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author


  • An April 2017 LibraryReads Pick
  • An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick for April 2017
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Top 10 Book of Books We Loved
  • Finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction
  • Shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction
  • A GQ Pick of Best Books of 2017
  • A Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year for 2017 in Nonfiction
  • A Library Journal Editor’s Pick of Most Borrowed Bestsellers
  • Winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Historical Nonfiction
  • Finalist for the 2018 Indies Choice Book Award for Best Audiobook
  • An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year
  • A Cosmopolitan Best Book of 2017
  • A Smithsonian Magazine Pick of Best Books of the Year
  • Winner of the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime
  • Finalist for the 2018 Anthony Award for Best Critical/Nonfiction Book
  • Winner of the Reading the West Book Award for Nonfiction
  • A 2017 LibraryReads Favorites of the Favorites selection

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book sounded interesting and the fact that it was a true historical story just added to my interest in reading it. This isn't the traditional story with a beginning, middle and end and it's certainly not one of those journey stories. Instead. It makes you question our "American" heritage. It shows how greedy men (women didn't really have any authority at this time, so men means men not mankind), can ruin lives and obliterate generations of people and families. It also makes you pray we have enough decent people today to ensure this doesn't happen again! I also saw lots of parallels to our society today and how easy it would be to have it happen again. I hope this book helps those who hear or read it will learn to spot the warning signs and help ensure history isn't repeated. "

    - Diane, 1/25/2018
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    " Little bit of a slow listen. Never really grabbed me. "

    - John, 11/8/2017

About the Author

David Grann has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 2003. He has written about everything from New York City’s antiquated water tunnels to the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, from the hunt for the giant squid to the mysterious death of the world’s greatest Sherlock Holmes expert. His stories have appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the New York Times Magazine, Atlantic, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and New Republic.

About the Narrators

Ann Marie Lee is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award for narration. She is a Los Angeles–based actress with television credits that include ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Nip/Tuck. Her stage performances for Broadway National Tours and regional theater include Peter Pan, As You Like It, Heartbreak House, and The Cherry Orchard.

Will Patton is an award-winning actor and narrator. HIs narrations have earned the prestigious Audie Award for Best Fiction Narration and also won dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.

Danny Campbell is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and an actor who has appeared in CBS’ The Guardian, the films A Pool, a Fool, and a Duel and Greater Than Gravity, and in over twenty-five commercials. He is a company member of the Independent Shakespeare Company in Los Angeles and is an adjunct faculty member at Santa Monica College.