In Furious Hours, Casey Cep brings to life the story of Reverend Willie Maxwell, a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was Harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama and spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case. From the shocking murders, to the courtroom drama, to the racial politics of the Deep South, Cep offers a deeply moving portrait of the case and one of the country’s most beloved writers.
Casey Cep is a writer from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in English, she earned an M.Phil in theology at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the New Republic, among other publications. This is her first book.