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


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“This is a truly stranger-than-fiction true non fiction read.  Part true crime, part biography of one of America’s most famous novelists. Casey Cep does an excellent job of capturing the essence of the towns, the people, the era. It really takes the breath away. “

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This is the 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.

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