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

de Casey Cep

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"'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"--… (mais)
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Casey Cep was able to piece together this true story about a serial killer and the story of Harper Lee who had sat through the trial collecting all the information with the idea of writing a book about this case. Harper Lee never completed a manuscript, but Casey Cep got access to her files and her communications. I was hesitant to read a story about a serial killer, but this isn’t a graphic tell all. The first part of the book takes place inside the court room, with background on the murders, the accused, the insurance fraud and the lawyer who represented him. The twist is in the description so it's not a spoiler: the lawyer also goes on to represent the man who assassinates the killer. Part two is about the lawyer and he is interesting too. My favorite was part three about the writer Harper Lee and her struggle to write another book after To Kill a Mockingbird and dealing with becoming famous. ( )
  PamelaBarrett | Mar 28, 2024 |
Liked the way this was constructed. You get the murderer’s story, then the lawyer’s, then Harper Lee’s. I think there just wasn’t enough story there for Harper Lee to turn it into a book, but her presence added the element that made it work for Cep. The section on Lee was very interesting and a bit heart breaking ( )
  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
This is really two books, one about the crime(s) and trials, and one about Harper Lee, but both are interesting, and linked a bit ( )
  danielskatz | Dec 26, 2023 |
I learned a lot! A lot about Lake Martin, life insurance, Alabama politics, the voodoo reverend, and especially Nelle Harper Lee! ( )
  franniepuck | May 7, 2023 |
This just never came together for me - what was portrayed as a cohesive novel involving a major trial and Lee’s coverage of it is disparate and never quite reaches the sum of its parts status. While the individual stories are very intriguing: the Reverend and his insurance scams, his murder, the life of Harper Lee, her friendship with Truman Capote and ultimately her ‘coverage’ of the trial for the Reverend’s murder. But they never tied together coherently in my opinion. ( )
  tarapeace | Apr 24, 2023 |
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She explains as well as it is likely ever to be explained why Lee went silent after “To Kill a Mockingbird.” (The clue’s in Cep’s title.) And it’s here, in her descriptions of another writer’s failure to write, that her book makes a magical little leap, and it goes from being a superbly written true-crime story to the sort of story that even Lee would have been proud to write.
adicionado por danielx | editarNew York Times, Michael Lewis (May 1, 2019)
 
Lee spent many years working on the project, but it never saw the light of day. Instead, more than four decades later, we have Cep’s absorbing new volume, which succeeds in telling the story that Nelle Harper Lee could not and offers an affecting account of Lee’s attempt to give meaning to a startling series of events.
 

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Casey Cepautor principaltodas as ediçõescalculado
Carrow, JennyDesigner da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Huber, HillaryNarradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Lew, BettyDesignerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Mapping Specialists Ltd.Cartographerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Ray, B. J.Artista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Schultz, KathrynAuthor photographerautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
StillFxArtista da capaautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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"'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"--

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