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Author of New Book on Osage Indian Murders at Brace Books

David Grann

David Grann

Author David Grann will be at Brace Books & More on Monday, May 1 from noon to 2 p.m. to sign his latest book “Killers of the Flower Moon.” He will also be in Fairfax on Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m. signing his book in the Tall Chief Theater.

David Grann is a journalist and staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. He is best known for his bestselling book “The Lost City of Z,” which is soon to be released as a movie. The movie rights for this book were sold last year for $5 million, even before it was completed.

In this his latest book he continues to prove his reputation as a brilliant storyteller in this gripping true-crime narrative, which revisits a baffling and frightening—and relatively unknown—spree of murders occurring mostly in Oklahoma during the 1920s. During that time the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

The violent campaign of terror is believed to have begun with the 1921 disappearance of two Osage Indians, Charles Whitehorn and Anna Brown, and the discovery of their corpses soon afterwards. Then, one by one, many other Osage Indians began to be killed off.

The murders appear to have been committed by whites greedy to take over the great wealth of the Osage, whose land was producing valuable oil, and who each had headrights that earned lucrative annual royalties.

One Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, watched as her family was murdered. Her older sister was shot. Her mother was then slowly poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances.

The outcry over the killings led to the involvement in 1925 of an “obscure” branch of the Justice Department, J. Edgar Hoover’s Bureau of Investigation, which eventually charged some surprising figures with the murders.

Grann demonstrates how the Osage Murders inquiry helped Hoover to make the case for a “national, more professional, scientifically skilled” police force. Grann’s own dogged detective work reveals another layer to the case that Hoover’s men had never solved.

Bookstore owner Jerry Brace believes this book will be a standard for those interested in Oklahoma history for years to come. Signed books of regional interest always make great gifts.

If you are unable to attend the signings, the staff at Brace Books & More will gladly reserve copies to be signed by the author. Call 580-765-5173

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