AL investigation into 'Mockingbird' author claims comes to close

AL investigation into 'Mockingbird' author claims comes to close

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A state investigation regarding famed author Harper Lee is now closed says the Director of the Alabama Securities Commission.

The probe involved an abuse complaint and concerns over financial fraud in a deal to publish Lee's upcoming novel "Go Set a Watchman".

Some residents of Monroeville, Alabama where the 88-year-old "To Kill a Mockingbird" author lives questioned whether Lee, a notoriously private person, was even capable of consenting to the second novel's publication. A longtime friend says Lee is mostly deaf, blind and in poor health.

The Alabama Securities Commission says Lee answered questions to the satisfaction of investigators and the decision was made to close the file.

A high-ranking state officials tells the Associated Press that the Alabama Department of Human Resources has opened an investigation regarding Lee but the status of that inquiry is unclear.

"Go Set a Watchman" is set to be released on July 14.

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