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David Grann: Killers of the Flower Moon 

When: Wed., April 19, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: free

New. David. Grann. Those three words are enough to send me into paroxysms of giddy anticipation; I whisper them to writer friends in hushed, awed tones. A Grann article in The New Yorker, where he is a staff writer, is enough to clear my schedule for an afternoon, so a new book is practically a personal holiday. Grann writes crime and mystery stories that read like careful reporting but grip you like potboilers. His clear, neutral prose doesn't cloud the facts, but his structuring of scenes creates nailbiting suspense. He involves us in his process of discovery on his obsession-tinged quests, whizzing around narrative switchbacks as sympatheties, emphases, or even premises shift. His best crime reporting is collected in The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, and in his spectacular book The Lost City of Z (now a motion picture), Grann embarks into the Amazon to search for a lost civilization and the remarkable Percy Fawcett, who disappeared while looking for it, drawing a rich portrait of the last days of British exploration. Now Grann's back with Killers of the Flower Moon: An American Crime and the Birth of the FBI, which untangles the Osage Indian murders of the 1920s in relation to oil rights and the nascent FBI. Clear your calendars. —Brian Howe

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