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West L.A. Book Club
Sunday, February 18, 2024, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM PST
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LACPA’s Winter Book Club Selection:

Killers of the Flower Moon

The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

by David Grann 

Book Summary

Killers of the Flower Moon is a gripping and chilling nonfiction account of greed, envy, and the quest for truth and justice. The Osage Nation in Oklahoma was legally awarded entitlement to the profits made from large oil deposits found on their land, and thus had become wealthy. Beginning in the early 1920s, a complex plot was created to eliminate the Osage inheritors on a one-by-one basis by any means possible. The author, David Grann, uses detailed investigative journalism to recount the history of the Osage Indians, the suppression of justice, how local justice proved ineffective, and the rise of a federal law enforcement body, namely the newly formed FBI led by J. Edgar Hoover. The result is meticulously researched, true detective story that won much acclaim, including being a finalist for the National Book Award in 2017. By the time this article is published Killers of the Flower Moon will be well-known since the film, directed by Martin Scorsese, as it will have been released months before.  

This book was a National Book Award Finalist (2017) and a #1 New York Times bestseller.  Due to the current film based on the book, it has been on Amazon’s Bestseller list for the past 42 weeks, as of 12/8/23

Reviews (Excerpts from Amazon and LitLovers)

A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history, from the author of The Wager and The Lost City of Z, “one of the preeminent adventure and true-crime writers working today. - New York Magazine

A masterful work of literary journalism crafted with the urgency of a mystery. - The Boston Globe

This page-turner surges forward with the pacing of a true-crime thriller, elevated by Grann's crisp and evocative prose and enhanced by dozens of period photographs. Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil. - Kirkus Reviews 

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Sunday, February 18th at 3:00 PM
Hosted by Dr. Cris Scaglione 
[email protected]
(949) 939-1943

This will be an online meeting and the Zoom link will be emailed the day of the meeting.

 Join us for great discussions with fellow LACPA members!


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Contact: Cris Scaglione, Ph.D. [email protected]