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In the Heat of the Night

Ball, John
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics)
Published: May 5, 2016
ISBN: 9780241238622
176 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£8.99

A 50th anniversary edition of the classic crime novel that inspired the Oscar-winning film starring Sidney Poitier. ‘They call me Mr Tibbs!’ A small southern town in the 1960s. A musician found dead on the highway.

It’s no surprise when white detectives arrest a black man for the murder. What is a surprise is that the black man – Virgil Tibbs – is himself a skilled homicide detective from California, whom inexperienced Chief Gillespie reluctantly recruits to help with the case. Faced with mounting local hostility and a police force that seems determined to see him fail, it isn’t long before Tibbs – trained in karate and aikido – will have to fight not just for justice, but also for his own safety.

The inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film starring Sidney Poitier, this iconic crime novel is a psychologically astute examination of racial prejudice, an atmospheric depiction of the American South in the sixties, and a brilliant, suspense-filled read set in the sultry heat of the night.

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