Harper Lee is best known for her classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird – and notorious for her staunch privacy.
Lee spent decades trying to write a second novel – and also tried her hand at true crime after helping her friend Truman Capote research his book In Cold Blood. She spent years investigating the circumstances surrounding the Reverend Willie Maxwell, suspected of five murders and shot dead himself at the funeral of his stepdaughter. But no work of Lee’s ever came to light.
Journalist Casey Cep has written a new book on the Maxwell murders and Lee’s investigation. Furious Hours delves deeply into the lives of the Reverend Maxwell; Tom Radney, the lawyer who defended him; and Harper Lee herself.
APR’s Alex AuBuchon spoke with Cep earlier this week about her book.