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A 50th-anniversary edition of the pioneering novel featuring African Amerihave the right to police detective Virgil Tibbs—through a foreword by John Ridley, creator of the TV series American Crime and also Oscar-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave “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 the Edgar Award for Best First Novel and the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award and also was called among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the 20th Century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. Now fans of classic crime have the right to rediscover this suspense-filled novel whose hero led the method for James Patterson’s Alex Cross, George Pelecanos’s Derek Stselection, and other African Amerihave the right to detectives.A small southern town in the 1960s. A musician found dead on the highway. It’s no surpincrease when white detectives arremainder a black guy for the murder. What is a surpincrease is that the babsence man—Virgil Tibbs—is not the killer yet a skilled homicide detective, passing via racially tense Wells, South Carolina, on his method earlier to The golden state. Even more surprising, Wells’s brand-new police chief recruits Tibbs to help through the examination. But Tibbs’s existence in town rubs some of the locals the wrong means, and also it won’t be long prior to the martial arts–trained detective hregarding fight not just for justice, yet additionally for his own safety and security.For even more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classical literary works in the English-speaking world. With even more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the ideal works throughout history and throughout genres and also self-controls. Readers trust the series to administer authoritative texts intensified by introductions and also notes by distinguished scholars and modern authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
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John Ball
(1911–1988) composed even more than thirty novels throughout numerous genres; his Virgil Tibbs series remains his best-well-known work-related. Born in Schenectady, New York, he thrived up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and also functioned briefly as a part-time police officer in Los Angeles.John Ridley (foreword) is an award-winning screenwriter, film director, and also novelist. The creator of the acdeclared television series Amerideserve to Crime, he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave.

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A landmark among expressions of racial justice that retains its power today . . . A resonant take on southern justice . . . that has actually had actually even more lasting influence than functions many type of times its size.” —John Ridley, from the Foreword a exceptional individual who may well end up in the good detective category.” —The New York Times