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Cep's true-crime narrative is the perfect combination of author biography and murder mystery that you never knew you wanted. A staff writer at The New Yorker, Cep unravels the story behind the unwritten book that plagued Harper Lee to the end of her life. The work is split into three sections, each dedicated to a different player in the story: the reverend (who murdered loved ones to claim their life insurance money), the lawyer (who defended the reverend and then the man who killed the killer), and Harper Lee (who becomes a character herself in the tale of the murder investigation). While Lee's extensive notes aided Cep's journalistic account, Cep's own passionate and lyrical writing kept me breathless until the very last sentence.

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781101972052
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Published: Vintage - September 29th, 2020

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A two-time Giller Prize-winning novelist, Esi Edugyan takes us on a magical and emotional journey through history. This one-of-a-kind novel imagines the experiences, and eventual erasure, of black and multiracial bodies in Berlin and Paris during WWII. It focuses on a group of jazz musicians who, performing during the Nazi occupation, find their freedom and creative expression called into question and their very existencemade perilous. The story is foregrounded by Sid, narrating from the present day, who sees a documentary in honor of "Hiero" Falk, a musician who had been captured and was presumed dead--only to be found living in Poland. We follow Sid as he visits Falk and is forced to reckon with a decades-old secret of betrayal. Edugyan's spare but musical prose lends a hint of dreaminess and hope that kept me wanting more.

Half-Blood Blues: A Novel Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9781250012708
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Published: Picador - February 28th, 2012