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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Ball Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Virgil Tibbs Series Release Date:
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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, and no clues.

Wells’ new police chief recruits Tibbs to help with the investigation. But Tibbs’s presence in town rubs some of the locals the wrong way, and it won’t be long before the martial arts–trained detective has to fight not just for justice but also for his own safety.

“They call me Mr. Tibbs” was the line immortalized by Sidney Poitier in the 1967 Oscar-winning movie adaptation of In the Heat of the Night, which won five Academy Awards and sixteen other film honors.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Virgil Tibbs is] a remarkable individual who may well end up in the great detective category.”

    New York Times

  • “The chief, the force, and the town find it very hard to take when Virgil Tibbs of the Pasadena, California, force is given official leave to help them solve their case. He’s the newest and the brightest of the fictional detectives to appear, and he solves this one with the sort of method and imagination that turns readers into fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “The rhythm of Graham’s voice quickens as a local cop on his late-night beat goes from drinking an ice-cold Coke in the diner to dealing with a dead body…The gentle voice that Graham gives Tibbs is juxtaposed with the redneck tones of some of the locals, a contrast that maintains the undercurrent of racial tension that Ball blends with the mystery…Deftly balancing the story’s elements, Graham provides a strong introduction to a classic series of procedurals.”


  • Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel
  • Winner of the CWA Gold Dagger Award
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