Join Chrissy Keuper on Monday, January 13 at 6:30 for a discussion of Furious Hours by Casey Cep in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room.
Three people are discussed in Casey Cep’s book Furious Hours. One is Reverend Willie Maxwell. In the 1970s he benefitted financially from the deaths of five of his family members only to be shot dead at one of their funerals. The second is the attorney, Tom Radney, who defended Maxwell’s murderer despite having successfully represented Reverend Maxwell at all five of his trials. The third, and most famous, person covered is Harper Lee. After assisting Truman Capote with the research for his classic In Cold Blood, Lee attends the trial of Maxwell’s killer hoping it will give her the inspiration for her own true crime novel. Unfortunately, that book was never written. Furious Hours brings this forgotten true-crime story to light.
Chrissy Keuper is a journalist and host of National Public Radio's All Things Considered on radio station WUOT, and a former contributing writer at Cityview Magazine. She was born in Johnson City, but has been in Knoxville since 1998 and calls it home. She holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Tennessee.