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Subtitle : Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. This is a non-fiction book about a man called Reverend Willie Maxwell, his lawyer and Harper Lee. Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher, in Alabama, accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. His clever lawyer got him off all charges and then, at a funeral of one of his alleged victims, a relative shot him dead. The same lawyer then managed to get the shooter off. This took place in Harper Lee's home state and she became fascinated by the whole thing so went back