True Crime Book Club
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, by Casey Cep
Join us as we discover the exciting world of True Crime through books. This month we will be reading Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee, by Casey Cep 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.
Date & Time
December 10, 2019
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Messenger Public Library 113 Oak Street No. Aurora 60542 IL US http://www.kaneneighbors.com/businesses/il-no-aurora-messenger-public-library