Bed­time sto­ries for grown-ups, stroppy women and the my­ter­ies of time travel.

North & South - - Columns - STACEY ANYAN

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.

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