It S The S A Hot August Night Lies Heavy Over The Carolinas The Corpse Legs Sprawled, Stomach Down On The Concrete Pavement, Arms Above The Head Brings The Patrol Car To A Halt The Local Police Pick Up A Black Stranger Named Virgil Tibbs, Only To Discover That Their Most Likely Suspect Is A Homicide Detective From California And The Racially Tense Community S Single Hope In Solving A Brutal Murder That Turns Up No Witnesses, No Motives, No Clues
John Dudley Ball writing as John Ball, was an American writer best known for mystery novels involving the African American police detective Virgil Tibbs He was introduced in the 1965 In the Heat of the Night where he solves a murder in a racist Southern small town It won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America and was made into an Oscar winning film of the same name starring Sidney Poitier the film had two sequels, and spawned a television series several decades later, none of which were based on Ball s later Tibbs stories He also wrote under the name John Ball Jr..Ball was born in Schenectady, New York, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin He wrote for a number of magazines and newspapers, including the Brooklyn Eagle For a time he worked part time as a Los Angeles County sheriff s deputy, was trained in martial arts, and was a nudist In the mid 1980s, he was the book review columnist for Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine Ball lived in Encino, California, and died there in 1988.
- 185 pages
- In the Heat of the Night
- John Dudley Ball
- 03 May 2019 John Dudley Ball