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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

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.

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ISBN 9781785150746
Barcode 9781785150746
Published 7 May 2019 by Cornerstone
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Cep, Casey
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ISBN-13 9781785150746
ISBN-10 178515074X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint William Heinemann Ltd
Publication Date 7 May 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Cep, Casey
Category Essays, Journals, Letters & Other Prose Works
True Crime
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 25mm
Weight 440g
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
Dewey Code 364.15232092
Catalogue Code 978778

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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 Maxwell 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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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A triumph on every level. One of the losses to literature is that Harper Lee never found a way to tell a gothic true-crime story she'd spent years researching. Casey Cep has excavated this mesmerizing story and tells it with grace and insight and a fierce fidelity to the truth. -- David Grann, bestselling author of 'Killers of the Flower Moon'

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Author's Bio

Casey Cep is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in English, she earned an M.Phil in theology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times and The New Republic, among other publications. This is her first book.

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