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Book Discussion Kit

Furious Hours

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This "superbly written true-crime story" (Michael Lewis, The New York Times Book Review ) masterfully brings together the tales of a serial killer in 1970s Alabama and of Harper Lee, the beloved author of To Kill a Mockingbird , who tried to write his story.

Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members, but with the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative assassinated him 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 himself. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante's trial was Harper Lee, who spent a year in town reporting on the Maxwell case and many more trying to finish the book she called The Reverend .

Cep brings this remarkable story to life, from the horrifying murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South, while offering a deeply moving portrait of one of our most revered writers.
Published: Columbia, MO : Daniel Boone Regional Library, 2021
ISBN: 9781101972052
Branch Call Number: BOOK DISCUSSION KIT/FURIOUS HOURS
Characteristics: 1 tote bag ;,35 x 38 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cep, Casey Furious hours.

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Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members, but with the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative assassinated him at the funeral of his last victim. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted—than... Read More »


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