Furious Hours

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Crime, Thrillers & True Crime, True Crime
Paperback Published on: 01/10/2020
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Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2019 Winner of the CWA ALCS Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction Dagger 2020 The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell's murderer was acquitted - thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend. As Alabama is consumed by these gripping events, it's not long until news of the case reaches Alabama's - and America's - most famous writer. Intrigued by the story, Harper Lee makes a journey back to her home state to witness the Reverend's killer face trial. Harper had the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research. Lee spent a year in town reporting on the Maxwell case and many more years trying to finish the book she called The Reverend. Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country's most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity. This is the story Harper Lee wanted to write. This is the story of why she couldn't. 

  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • ISBN: 9780099510598
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 258g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 129 mm

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Furious Hours
Written in three parts Casey Cep has written the true crime novel Harper Lee had always wanted to write. Being a big fan of Scout and to Kill A Mockingbird... READ MORE
Furious Hours
Well researched, needed a bit more focus.
I enjoyed this book and found the subject matter both fascinating and intriguing. I was a little surprised to find that the book was not wholly or mainly... READ MORE
Shirley Williams
Furious Hours
What an interesting book this is and definitely one worth your time.
What an interesting book this is. To my mind, a set of small books all intricately linked together so well that, in the end, the sum is so much greater tha... READ MORE
Jon Jonnson