KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON
by David Grann, Simon & Schuster.
This gripping true story of greed, murder and race starts in the 1920s, when oil was discovered on the land of the Osage Indians of Oklahoma. Almost overnight they became the richest people in the world, a state of affairs which so distressed white Americans they conspired to rob them of their wealth. When inter-marriage worked too slowly, they used shotguns, poison and explosives to kill their own wives and relatives. This is also the story of the early years of the FBI, which stepped in after years of bungled prosecutions to confirm the murder of dozens of Osage – though fresh research by David Grann suggests the true number who died was in the hundreds. A riveting book.