Was Harper Lee’s Crime Book Destroyed?

Harper Lee, the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” came to the textile town beside the Tallapoosa river, about 70 miles south-east of Birmingham, in the late 1970s to research a true-crime novel based on the bizarre tale of possible serial murder, the occult and courtroom drama. Her visits were reminiscent of her trips to Kansas in the early 1960s, when she helped her childhood friend Truman Capote research his acclaimed murder story, “In Cold Blood.” Lee worked on the Alabama book for months, maybe even years, but it never materialized. Now even her notes are nowhere to be found, giving rise to another mystery: What became of the novel she had tentatively titled The Reverend? More here.

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