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All Island Book Club to hold first gathering

By Staff | Jan 3, 2020

The All Island Book Club is returning for its third season, with its first session coming up.

Founded and organized by the Captiva Civic Association, the club is free and open to all – island residents, renters and visitors of all ages. The only requirement is reading the featured selection.

The first session will be held on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Captiva Civic Center.

The book of choice is “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” by David Grann. From the New York Times best-selling author of “The Lost City of Z,” it is about:

“In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.

“Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

“In this last remnant of the Wild West – where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed – many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.”

The next session for the club will be held on Feb. 6.

For more information, call 239-472-2111 or visit www.ccacaptiva.org.

The Captiva Civic Center is at 11550 Chapin Lane, Captiva.