Furious Hours by Casey Cep
What's it about? In Alabama, 1972, Reverend Willie Maxwell was accused of murdering five of his family members before he himself was shot dead. Years later, Harper Lee started work on a true crime novel about the case, but she never could finish it. Furious Hours is as much an assiduously crafted work of true crime, as it is about the slippery task of crime reporting and what that does to a writer who refuses to belie the facts. This book is perfect for those wanting to delve deeper into Lee's work, whose scrupulous investigation on what was to become Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, along with her fraught relationship with writing despite the huge success of To Kill A Mockingbird, can be found on these pages in satisfying detail.
My favourite quote. “Violence has a way of destroying everything but itself. A murdered person’s name always threatens to become synonymous with her murder; a murdered person’s death always threatens to eclipse her life.”
My three word review. Microscopic, macarbre, magnificent.
Grace, Audience team