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Author: John Ball Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Virgil Tibbs Series Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781501251450
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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.

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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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About the Author

John Ball (1911–1988) wrote over thirty novels during his career including mysteries, war novels, and adventure stories, but his reputation as a novelist is based on his first work, In the Heat of the Night, from 1965. While under considerable pressure from his publisher to make a change, he insisted on keeping the leading character in his novel a black man. He wrote other books that featured the hero of In the Heat of the Night, detective Virgil Tibbs, including The Cool Cottontail and Johnny Get Your Gun. Born in Schenectady, New York, he grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and worked briefly as a part-time police officer in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of more than a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.