+612 9045 4394
 
CHECKOUT
$7.95 Delivery per order to Australia and New Zealand
100% Australian owned
Over a hundred thousand in-stock titles ready to ship
Furious Hours : Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee - Casey Cep

Furious Hours

Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

By: Casey Cep

Paperback Published: 7th May 2019
ISBN: 9781785150746
Number Of Pages: 336

Share This Book:

Paperback

RRP $32.99
$25.90
21%
OFF
In Stock
Enter an Australian post code for delivery estimate

Earn 52 Qantas Points
on this Book

Other Available Editions (Hide)

  • Hardcover View Product Published: 16th May 2019
    $38.75
  • ePUB View Product Published: 10th May 2019
    InstantDownload
    $14.99

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.

About the Author

Casey Cep graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She studied ministry at Yale Divinity School and has delivered guest sermons at churches along the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she lives. She writes for the New Yorker's Page Turner , the Paris Review and the New York Times, among others.

Industry Reviews

"It's been a long time since I picked up a book so impossible to put down. Furious Hours made me forget dinner, ignore incoming calls, and stay up reading into the small hours. It's a work of literary and legal detection as gripping as a thriller. But it's also a meditation on motive and mystery, the curious workings of history, hope, and ambition, justice, and the darkest matters of life and death. Casey Cep's investigation into an infamous Southern murder trial and Harper Lee's quest to write about it is a beautiful, sobering, and sometimes chilling triumph." -- Helen Macdonald, author of 'H is for Hawk'
"This story is just too good ... Furious Hours builds and builds until it collides with the writer who saw the power of Maxwell's story, but for some reason was unable to harness it. It lays bare the inner life of a woman who had a world-class gift for hiding ... [this] book makes a magical 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." -- Michael Lewis, author of 'Moneyball' and 'The Big Short'
"This story is just too good ... Furious Hours builds and builds until it collides with the writer who saw the power of Maxwell's story, but for some reason was unable to harness it. It lays bare the inner life of a woman who had a world-class gift for hiding ... [this] book makes a magical 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." -- Michael Lewis, author of 'Moneyball' and 'The Big Short'
"Fascinating ... Cep has spliced together a Southern-gothic tale of multiple murder and the unhappy story of Lee's literary career, to produce a tale that is engrossing in its detail and deeply poignant... [Cep] spends the first third of Furious Hours following the jaw-dropping trail of murders ... Engrossing ... Cep writes about all this with great skill, sensitivity and attention to detail." * Sunday Times *
"With its rich cast of characters, the polar opposite settings of New York and rural Alabama, Cep's dark humour and painstaking research, there is a great deal to enjoy ... a rich and rewarding read." * The Times *

ISBN: 9781785150746
ISBN-10: 178515074X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 7th May 2019
Publisher: Cornerstone
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.45

Earn 52 Qantas Points
on this Book