Bedtime stories for grown-ups, stroppy women and the myteries of time travel.
DAVID GRANN (SIMON & SCHUSTER, $37.99)
Mansions, chauffeured cars and private schooling weren’t just the preserve of white Americans in Roaring-20s Oklahoma; the local Osage tribe turned out to be sitting on oil-rich land. Happy days! Not quite… white sentiment on this social anomaly was neatly summed up by a Harper’s Monthly magazine reporter: “The Osage Indians are becoming so rich that something will have to be done about it.” Portentous words, indeed. One by one, the Osage began to get bumped off – as were those who attempted to probe their mysterious deaths. Hats off to New Yorker staffer David Grann for his riveting, succinct account of this chilling conspiracy, the investigation of which gave rise to the fledgling FBI.