In the Heat of the Night


On a sticky summer night in the Deep South, a corpse is found, and Virgil Tibbs is picked up as a suspect. When Chief of Police Gillespie checks on his story, he learns that the black man is a top homocide cop in California. With no witnesses, no clues and no apparent motives, Mr Tibbs seems to be the only hope Gillespie has of solving a murder.

ISBN: 9780241238622 Author: Ball, John Dudley Publisher: Penguin Classics Publication Date: 5th May 2016 Imprint: Penguin Classics Cover: Paperback Dewey: 813.54 (edition:23) Pages: xii, 158 Language: English Edition: New edition Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category:

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.

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