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

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

By Cep, Casey

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The stunning true story of an Alabama serial killer, and the trial that obsessed the author of To Kill a Mockingbird in the years after the publication of her classic novel - a complicated and difficult time in her life that, until now, has been very little examined. Willie Maxwe...ll was a Baptist reverend in Alabama; he also happened to be a serial killer. Between 1970 and 1977, his two wives and brother all died under suspicious circumstances - each with hefty life insurance policies taken out by none other than the Reverend himself. With the help of a savvy lawyer, Maxwell escaped justice for years. Then, the teenage daughter of his third wife perished. At the funeral, the victim's uncle shot the Reverend dead in a church full of witnesses - and was subsequently acquitted of the murder, thanks to the same savvy lawyer who had represented the Reverend for all those years. Sitting in the audience during the trial was Harper Lee, who had travelled from New York to her native Alabama with an idea of writing a book about the case. Now, Casey Cep brings this nearly inconceivable, gripping story to life on the page: from the shocking murders to the chicanery of insurance fraud to the courtroom drama. At the same time, it is a vividly told, elegiac account of Harper Lee's quest to write a second book after To Kill a Mockingbird, and a deeply moving portrait of this beloved writer's struggle with fame, success, and the mysteries of artistic creativity.
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ISBN 9781785150739
Released NZ 16 May 2019
Publisher Cornerstone
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781785150739
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint William Heinemann Ltd
Released 16 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Cep, Casey
Category True Crime
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 33mm
Dewey Code 364.15232092
Weight 588g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Serial murders - Alabama, Murder - Investigation - Alabama, Trials Murder - Alabama
NBS Text True Crime
ONIX Text General/trade

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