How Lawyer Willie Gary Turned a Petty Dispute about Coffins into a Multi-Million-Dollar Morality Play . . .
"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 a legend.