After publishing the classic To Kill a Mockingbird and helping Truman Capote write In Cold Blood, Harper Lee wanted to write her own true crime book. However, though she researched & worked tirelessly on the life & trial of Reverend Willie Maxwell, who murdered relatives for life insurance money, she never ended up publishing the book. Casey Cep picks up where Lee left off, creating an intriguing story about fraud & murder, as well as an insight into the life of the mysterious Harper Lee.

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