In the Heat of the Night

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It's the 1960s. 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.

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Overview

It's the 1960s. 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.

From an Edgar Award-winning author comes this international bestseller that was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier. The murder of a noted orchestra conductor at a local music festival pits black, big-city homicide expert Virgil Tibbs against the bigoted police department in a small Southern town, when they are forced to join forces to solve the crime.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781585471157
  • Publisher: Center Point Large Print
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: LARGEPRINT
  • Pages: 247
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

John Ball wrote over thirty novels during his career including mysteries, war novels, adventure stories, but his reputation as a novelist is based on his first work--the 1965, In the Heat of the Night. While under considerable pressure from his publisher to make a change, Ball insisted on keeping the leading character in his novel a black man. Ball made the right decision and the book garnered him much praise for progressive thinking and a keen understanding of racial prejudice. Ball wrote other books that featured the hero of In the Heat of the Night, detective Virgil Tibbs, including The Cool Cottontail (1966), and Johnny Get Your Gun (1969). Later in life, Ball worked as a part-time police offer in Los Angeles and also trained in the martial arts. He died in 1988.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    A shocking murder mystery

    In the Heat of the Night by John Ball is an excellent book. It¿s a suspenseful murder mystery in the south when it was segregated. I like this book because it was suspenseful and unpredictable. It leads you to thinking it was one person but at the end it¿s a twist and nothing seems the way it is. I really like how the author ended the chapters. Some of them ended in a way that I left me in shock and wanted to read on. This book is great for people who like murder mysteries, suspense and a little bit of drama. The drama in the book is a black cop trying to do his job in the south when no one wants him there and racial tension begins. The suspense in the book keeps building up right from the beginning of the book to the end. If you don¿t like being surprised and shocked then don¿t read this book, but if you do you should definitely read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2011

    My frist real novel My First

    This is my fist real novel that I ever read ,in high school,before I was readin Batman and Archie comics

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    A well-told suspenseful tale.

    This was a good book. There is a murder and it seems like everyone is being accused. Virgil Tibbs, a black cop from another city is put on the case and racial tension flairs.

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