Furious Hours

Furious Hours

Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Audiobook CD - 2019
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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.
"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 acquittéd 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." -- Page [2] of cover of print edition.
Publisher: New York, New York : Random House Audio, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group, [2019]
Edition: Unabridged
Copyright Date: ℗2019
ISBN: 9780735208469
0735208468
Branch Call Number: CDBK 364.15232 Ce
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (11 1/2 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in
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optical
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Additional Contributors: Huber, Hillary - Narrator

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