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

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

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 t The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the y...

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Title:Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
Author:Casey Cep
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:486 pages pages

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

  • JanB
    Jun 24, 2019
    Despite the title, Harper Lee doesn?t appear on these pages until the last 1/3 of the book and even then it was about her life and her writing, not a trial. The book is divided into 3 sections, with a thin thread connecting them all: the first dealing with the serial murderer, Rev...
  • Diane
    Jun 02, 2019
    This is one of the best nonfiction books I've read this year. "Furious Hours" is both the story of a true crime in 1970s Alabama and the story of famous writer Harper Lee. I was interested in the particulars of the crime, which involved a sketchy preacher who was linked to a series...
  • Chrissie
    Jun 26, 2019
    This book can be classified as both true crime and biography. What has made it worth reading for me is what I learned about Harper Lee. I I have a deeper understanding of her as a person. I am comfortable with the author?s, Casey Cep?s, presentation of facts. One has cause to be wa...
  • Chris
    Jun 18, 2019
    Utterly brilliant. I was fascinated both by this tale of an actual serial killer in Alabama (and his murder), and the desperate way that Harper Lee tried (and failed) to find in his story and trial her own second act. Casey Cep is also a gifted stylist: this is a work of non-fiction wr...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Jul 30, 2019
    My interest often waned with this one, so I sped the audiobook up to 1.5x to finish it. Part 1 deals with the murders Maxwell is suspected of committing. Part 2 deals with the attorney who defended Maxwell?s killer. Finally, Part 3 is sort of a biography of Lee and some of the work s...
  • Libby
    Aug 18, 2019
    3.75 stars rounded up - Reverend William Maxwell was an enigma in his lifetime and even after reading this book, he remains so. As Casey Cep relates in her book, not much is known of Maxwell?s early years, but after a stint in the army, he returned home to Coosa County, Alabama, wher...
  • Diane S ☔
    Apr 29, 2019
    She wrote one book, a book that defined a time period. A book that made her wealthy, but took away the privacy she cherished. She became recognizable everywhere, and though writing was her passion, this she little expected. Why did she write only one book, when everyone who knew her sa...
  • Jessica Woodbury
    May 21, 2019
    This is a book about a book that never got written based on real life events that were never all that well documented, so you need to go into it not expecting it to be particularly lurid or twisty true crime. Cep is generally absent from the narrative and it's a very Just the Facts, Ma...
  • Krista
    Mar 31, 2019
    Among the many already-written books keeping Lee company in her apartment was a copy of Daniel DeFoe's Robinson Crusoe, which she had read, as she put it, umpteen times. Crusoe had been shipwrecked twenty-eight years, and Lee must have identified. Ages had passed since she had publishe...
  • Julie
    Aug 02, 2019
    Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep is a 2019 Random House publication. The case involving the Reverend Willie Maxwell is one I was completely unfamiliar with. I never heard of him, or Robert Burns or their attorney, Tom Radney- until I picke...
  • Susan
    May 15, 2019
    Seventeen years since the publication of, ?To Kill a Mockingbird,? Harper Lee lat in a courtroom in Alabama. She was planning to write a true crime book about the case she was watching, but that book was never published. In this volume, author, Casey Cep, writes not only a compelli...
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Mar 24, 2019
    4.5 stars I was fascinated with the character of Scout Finch in Harper Lee's masterpiece To Kill A Mockingbirdwhen I was a kid. When I re-read the novel for my high school lit class, I was in awe of the layers of the story and its topics that are only complicated by growing up...
  • Lorna
    Jul 12, 2019
    Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee was the first book of author Casey Cep and an amazing debut it was. Ms. Cep has a delightful way of presenting factual data, of which she researched diligently. Basically the book focuses on the serial murders of a lot of r...
  • Tooter
    Jun 02, 2019
    3.5 stars rounded to 4. ...
  • Joey R.
    Jul 29, 2019
    2.5 Stars ? I decided to read ?Furious Hours? after reading a magazine review of this book and being very interested in the subject matter of an Alabama serial killer that I never heard of before. The author did a good job of researching certain aspects of the life story and back...
  • Jill Meyer
    May 10, 2019
    "Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee", by Casey Cep, is my favorite type of book. It's a work of non-fiction that reads like fiction. It's a bit of a strange book - Cep writes three different stories that she doesn't bring together til the end, but somehow, i...
  • Maureen
    Apr 27, 2019
    Divided into three parts, Furious Hours tells the true story of Alabama serial killer the Reverend Willie Maxwell. In the 1970?s he was accused of murdering five family members in order to collect the life insurance money. With the help of a very clever lawyer, ( although rumour had ...
  • Faith
    Jun 05, 2019
    This is a true crime story about Reverend Willie Maxwell who was implicated in the deaths of 6 people over the course of 7 years. He was tried and acquitted once and was murdered by the uncle of his purported final victim before charges could be brought against him. Suspiciously, he ha...
  • Carolyn
    May 04, 2019
    Casey Cep has written a fascinating account of Harper Lee's obsession with writing a true crime novel about the Reverend Willie Maxwell, who murdered five family members in Alabama for the insurance policies he took out on them and got away with it. After giving a eulogy for his stepda...
  • Barbara
    Jun 16, 2019
    I chose to read this book even though I normally wouldn't be drawn to a story about a serial killer. I was drawn to it because it was Harper Lee's (AKA Nelle Lee) story - a mystery in itself. Furious Hours is a description of Andrew Jackson's final engagement with the Creek Indians,...
  • Marjorie
    Apr 05, 2019
    The Rev. Willie Maxwell is a preacher who is well known for being accused and/or suspicioned of killing five of his family members for insurance money. But Willie has a good lawyer (or else he?s very good at casting voodoo spells which some people believe) and he?s always gotten of...
  • Michelle
    May 03, 2019
    "Nothing writes itself. Left to its own devices, the world will never transform into words." Furious hours is an account of a sensational murder trial that captivated a small town in Alabama and one of its home grown heroes, the reclusive novelist Harper Lee. Known best for the Puli...
  • Louise Wilson
    May 02, 2019
    The story of an Alabama serial killer and the true - crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the rears after To Kill A Mocking Bird. The Reverend Willie Maxwell is a preacher who's been accused of killing five of his family members for the insurance money. But Willie alw...
  • Lou
    May 10, 2019
    I must start by saying that Furious Hours is probably the best true crime work I have had the pleasure of reading; it has so much more to it than one would initially imagine and that's what makes it such a gripping book. It's an amalgamation of true crime, American history, legal thril...
  • Kathleen
    May 12, 2019
    Harper Lee was intrigued with the true-crime story of the Reverend Willie Maxwell. She did an amazing amount of research, and then floundered when she tried to write a tale that would appeal to her many fans. Cep has succeeded where Lee failed. Willie Maxwell was born in Alabama in ...
  • Beata
    Jun 07, 2019
    Absolutely fabulous and gripping! The novel tells three incredible stories of Reverend Maxwell, a murderer of five members of his own family, of Tom Radney, a lawyer who defended both Maxwell and the man who eventually killed Maxwell, and of Harper Lee, who came to the trial and follow...
  • ALLEN
    Jun 27, 2019
    As one of the millions of people who enjoyed and admired (Nelle) Harper Lee's novel TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, I naturally gravitated toward this new book by a new author, Casey Cep, especially since it promised to add insight to the central riddle of Harper Lee's life: why, after MOCKINGB...
  • Peter
    May 26, 2019
    Accursed Furious Hours is an engrossing documentary style book, which brings three enthralling stories together around a series of events involving a serial killer. Each part focuses on the perspective of a renowned personality; Reverend Willie Maxwell (Serial Killer, Preacher), Tom R...
  • Jess☺️
    Jun 24, 2019
    Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud And The Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep is a great true crime book it's based around 3 main characters a serial killer ( The Reverend Willie Maxwell) the lawyer (Tom Radney) who defended the reverend and the other killer ( you definitely need to read ...
  • Barbara
    May 13, 2019
    Harper Lee spent nearly a decade struggling to write a true crime book about Willie Maxwell's alleged crimes and his subsequent murder, an effort that was ultimately unsuccessful. Casey Cep has had far more success in creating a book that covers the same true crime territory, but surro...