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Author Cep, Casey N., author.

Title Furious hours : murder, fraud, and the last trial of Harper Lee / Casey Cep.

Publication Info. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.

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Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Parsons Non-Fiction  364.152 C399    ---  Available
 PHS Non-Fiction  364.152 Cep    ---  Available
 Pittsburg 2nd Fl Non-Fiction  364.152 Cep    ---  Available
Edition First edition.
Description xii, 314 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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Summary "'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, best-selling author of Killers of the Flower Moon 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. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier. Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more working on her own version of the case. Now Casey Cep brings this nearly inconceivable 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-314).
Source B&T 06.2019 PARS
Subject Maxwell, Willie.
Serial murders -- Alabama.
Murder -- Investigation -- Alabama.
Trials (Murder) -- Alabama.
Lee, Harper.
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary.
TRUE CRIME / Murder / Serial Killers.
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV).
ISBN 9781101947869
1101947861

 
    
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