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. Download and start listening now!