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  • Published: 18 July 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241238622
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $26.00
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In The Heat Of The Night




The basis for the Oscar-winning film starring Sidney Poitier, John Ball’s iconic crime novel is a groundbreaking exploration of racial tension and a gripping, suspense-filled read.

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.

  • Pub date: 18 July 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241238622
  • Imprint: Peng. Mod. Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $26.00

About the Author

John Ball

John Ball is a former GP and now a Devon based practitioner of the alternatives who has lectured and taught at schools and colleges of complementary medicine around the UK.

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