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The Big Heat Audiobook

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William P. McGivern Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Murder was in the air. A cop had killed himself, and every crook in town knew that would be sure to bring on the big heat.

It all started innocently enough, when a cop committed suicide. It was worry over ill health, said his wife. Detective Dave Bannion wasn’t so sure, but when he started digging, he was told to lay off—fast! Instead, he turned in his badge and started stalking the city streets and bars in search of the truth. There he uncovered a red-hot story of murder and corruption that would blow Philadelphia’s underworld sky high. Bannion was big, strong, and angry enough to kill, but he was only one honest man in a city full of mobsters and crooked cops. The big heat was on.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “McGivern gets better all the time…will keep you reading until you finish, it is all so compulsive.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Despite having been written more than 50 years ago, [The Big Heat] holds up well, thanks to sharp dialogue and Christopher Lane's crisp reading.”

    AudioFile

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Michael | 8/20/2012

    " well written crime story that keeps you interested throughout.good noir from one of the best. "

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About the Author
Author William P. McGivern

William P. McGivern (1919–1982), born in Chicago, grew up in Mobile, Alabama. After quitting high school, he started to write. He served in World War II and then studied in England before returning to the United States, where he worked as a police reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin. After his first novels appeared in the 1940s, he received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. In the 1960s he and his wife moved to Hollywood, where he wrote for film and television. Several of his books were made into motion pictures, including The Big Heat and Rogue Cop.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator who has earned rave reviews for every book he has narrated for Blackstone Audio. He received the coveted Audie Award in 2004. He lives in Rhode Island.