The White Hart Speaker Series: David Grann - "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI"

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 6:00pm
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The White Hart Inn
15 Undermountain Road
Salisbury, CT 06068

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Eventbrite - David Grann - "Killers of the Flower Moon: : The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI"

New Yorker staff writer David Grann, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lost City of Z, will talk about his new book - 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.

DAVID GRANN is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine.n His first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, became a #1 New York Times bestseller and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the book was chosen as one of the best books of 2009 by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Bloomberg, Publishers Weekly, and the Christian Science Monitor, and it also won the Indies Choice award for the best nonfiction book of that year. Now a stunning new motion picture due in theaters on April 17. He is also the author of The Devil and Sherlock Holmes. Author image Matt Richman.

 "Quite simply, this is a remarkable book, by a remarkable author—an exhumation of a shockingly brutal series of historical murders, that I for one knew nothing about. Utterly original; completely compelling." - ERIK LARSON

Killers of the Flower Moon brings shattering resolve to a story that resonates now.  As Native Americans fighting to protect resources on the remnants of our lands, we confront the same paternalism, hypocrisy, and greed that destroyed Osage lives and culture in the early 1920's.  David Grann has a razor keen instinct for suspense...Through meticulous detective work, Grann rescues unbearable truth. As with all of his books, this is a mesmerizing read.”- LOUISE ERDRICH

“Loyal readers of David Grann’s books have come to expect jaw-dropping set-ups and brilliantly crafted narratives. Both are on full, dazzling display here. There is an unexpected bonus in the book’s final section, when Grann puts on his deer-stalking hat and proceeds to solve several 85-year-old, unsolved crimes.”- S.C. GWYNNE

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400078455
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 26th, 2010

The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307275905
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Published: Vintage Books USA - January 11th, 2011