Funeral Wars: How Lawyer Willie Gary Turned a Petty Dispute About Coffins into a Multi-million Dollar Morality Play

Funeral Wars: How Lawyer Willie Gary Turned a Petty Dispute About Coffins into a Multi-million Dollar Morality Play

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By (author) Jonathan Harr

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 80 pages
  • Dimensions: 114mm x 172mm x 10mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 20 August 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571208509
  • ISBN 13: 9780571208500

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'I'm just a country boy,' says Willie Gary when he addresses a jury. 'If I just talk in plain, ordinary talk, you won't hold that against me, will you?' The son of migrant corn-pickers, Gary is one of America's most successful lawyers: diamond-encrusted Rolex, private Gulfstream jet. In Funeral Wars, Jonathan Harr follows Gary's most notorious case, a contract dispute between rival funeral parlours. This is the bizarre story of how Gary turns that dispute into a multi-million-dollar morality play. Above all, though, it is his story, that of a simple Southern boy whose life has taken on the contours of legend.

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Jonathan Harr's book, A Civil Action, was made into a major Hollywood film. The rights for Funeral Wars have been bought by Wamer Bros.