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Random House presents the audiobook edition of Furious Hours by Casey Cep. 

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.

©2019 Casey Cep (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Fascinating

Firstly this is not a who dunnit so if you are expecting a true crime story you will be disappointed.
The story is told in three parts. Part one is about a serious of crimes and the man suspected of them. Part two is the story of the Alabama lawyer involved and then Part three is the story of Harper Lee. I found the first two parts fascinating and then the third part deeply sad. A great listen / read that is highly recommended.

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Promising storyline that didn’t quite deliver

The story is certainly intriguing, and true crime is a favourite of mine, as is Harper Lee. The story for me was a little disappointing. I was expecting some sort point or conclusion which never appeared. I did struggle to get through this book.

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