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In the Heat of the Night pdf In the Heat of the Night, ebook In the Heat of the Night, epub In the Heat of the Night, doc In the Heat of the Night, e-pub In the Heat of the Night, In the Heat of the Night 0218490850e It S The S 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, No Clues

10 thoughts on “In the Heat of the Night

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    This is the novel upon which the movie In the Heat of the Night was based Set in a small town in South Carolina in the early 1960s, the book opens with the discovery of a body lying in the highway late one night The victim is a prominent musician who had been active in organizing a music festival which many hoped would revive the fading fortunes of the town His death is thus a blow to the hopes of the entire community.The police chief, a man named Gillespie, is new to the job Previously a jailer in Texas, he was hired by the town council basically because they could hire him cheap He s never been a police officer before and has no experience as a homicide investigator, so he s basically clueless here Not knowing what else to do, he orders his principal deputy to look for anyone attempting to leave town In checking the train station, the deputy discovers a black man waiting for the next train The deputy puts the man up against the wall, frisks him, and discovers a wallet full of money.Looking no further, the deputy takes the man to the station and presents him to the chief as the logical murderer The chief joins in the assumption, principally because he believes that no black man could have ever honestly earned the amount of money in the wallet But then it turns out that the suspect, Virgil Tibbs, is, in fact, a police officer from Pasadena, California He s on his way home after visiting his mother.The chief calls his counterpart in Pasadena and discovers that Tibbs is not only a police officer, but a skilled homicide investigator The Pasadena chief offers to loan Virgil s services to Gillespie, if he can be of any help The notion that he might accept help from a black man is clearly anathema to Gillespie, but he has no idea how to solve this crime on his own and, given the high profile of the victim, Gillespie knows that if the murder is not solved he will most likely be out of a job Accordingly, he swallows his pride and allows that Virgil might assist him in his investigation.Virgil himself is torn At one level he simply wants to get out of town as quickly as possible and get back to Pasadena where he doesn t face the kind of prejudice and discrimination that confronts him in South Carolina On the other hand, though, he s obviously tempted to show up these racists and solve the crime when they will never be able to do so In the end, he agrees to stay long enough to see the case through, and this book winds up being not nearly as much of a murder mystery as it is an examination of the implications of race in the deep South in the early 1960s Virgil will suffer repeated insults and will face grave physical danger because of his race, but the dignity and intelligence with which he responds is really a timeless example for people of any race.Inevitably, the movie takes some liberties with the book, but overall, it s a very good adaptation Sidney Poitier is brilliant in the role of Virgil Tibbs, but plays the character with a bit of an edge than the Tibbs of the novel Rod Steiger is also perfect as Gillespie, and reading the book after seeing the film, it s impossible not to see the two actors when thinking of the characters Both the book and the movie move swiftly with no wasted time or space, but one wonders whether it would be possible to publish this book or make this movie in the present day Would audiences be willing to accept a black character who responds as calmly as Tibbs does to the discrimination that confronts him Would they not insist that he react much forcefully against it Whatever the case, both the book and the movie have held up very well and are still as entertaining and as instructive as they were in the middle 1960s.

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    I give 4.5 stars to John Dudley Ball s In the Heat of the Night, which later became a movie starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger and also a tv series Additionally, this short, classic detective book lead Ball to write a series of cases featuring lead homicide investigator Virgil Tibbs This original book is highly regarded On his usual nightly patrolling, officer Sam Wood discovers a body in the middle of the highway in the heat of the night Upon calling the case into chief Bill Gillespie, Wood is tasked with finding the murderer and immediately checks the railway depot where he spots Tibbs Wood arrests Tibbs because Tibbs is colored, yet Tibbs turns out to be a ten year veteran of the Pasadena homicide team Because rural Wells, South Carolina s police force is largely inexperienced, the wealthy friends and family of victim Maestro Enrico Mantoli insist that Tibbs stay and assist Wood and Gillepsie in solving the case Despite the cops misgivings, they allow Tibbs to stay The book wasn t so much about the case itself, although I ve read many mysteries and this one was excellent This classic was about Ball s rap on race in the south immediately post Jim Crow From the outset, it is obvious that Tibbs is a far superior cop than Wood or Gillepsie yet he is regarded as a lesser individual because of the color of his skin Even when he made a name for himself with respected individuals in the town, he is not allowed to eat in a diner, use the same restrooms, or sit on the same benches as his white colleagues Anonymous members of the city council even send Gillepsie a threatening letter that if Tibbs isn t sent out of town immediately, he will pay for it Despite the prejudice, Tibbs cool head prevails I would hope that Tibbs insistence on being called Mr Tibbs from the outset and his professional demeanor in solving the case would enlighten the citizens of Wells about their views on race Unfortunately, this was not to be as Gillepsie couldn t be brought to shake Tibbs hand at the book s conclusion Ball wrote an entire series featuring Tibbs, but the remaining books took place in California rather than South Carolina, where Tibbs points out that he is free to walk down the street Thus, it appears from this book that even after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, that many southern communities remained antiquated in their ideas I thoroughly enjoyed In the Heat of the Night both as an intriguing detective case and as a period piece I only deducted it from a full five star rating because it is under 200 pages in length and I was left wanting of Ball s writing I am looking forward to reading of Tibbs cases as well as watching the film version of In the Heat of the Night A classic detective story, I recommended to all mystery aficionados.

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    Penguin released a 50th Anniversary Edition of the police procedural In the Heat of the Night last year It s a good mystery, but it s even better known for its social criticism in a time of racial unrest following the 1964 Civil Rights Act.A police officer, Sam Woods, finds a body in the road when he s on night patrol in Wells, South Carolina The new police chief, Bill Gillespie, sends Sam out to find the perpetrator of the crime He arrests Virgil Tibbs at the train station because he s a black man with a wallet full of cash Virgil tells the police that he s a police officer, a homicide investigator from Pacadena, just waiting for a train His credentials are checked out, and the Pasadena chief offers Virgil s services to help solve the crime The mayor and police chief accept the offer, figuring that Virgil can be the scapegoat if the crime is not solved.Virgil is smart and educated, in contrast to the poorly trained officers in the small South Carolina town Wells is segregated with special benches at the train station for blacks The black restroom at the police station has no soap or towels The police officers are racist, but they respect Virgil s intelligence Smartest black I ever saw, Pete concluded then he added a remarkable tribute He oughta been a white man Virgil has amazing self control in the racist atmosphere, and gives the white officers credit than they deserve as he solves the crime Virgil wins the respect of the police chief, but Bill does not offer him a handshake as he drops him off at the train station Although Virgil is depicted as almost too flawless intelligent, educated, organized, polite, and handsome the chief does not want physical contact with a man with dark skin A movie, starring Sidney Poitier, was based on this book and won an Academy Award.

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    Flashback to 1960 and the horrible reality of Jim Crow The dignity of Mr Tibbs and the way he handles the slurs and injustice are at the heart of this novel, and Ball makes Tibbs the most intelligent and able character in the book He goes a little overboard in drawing the distinctions between the Southern characters and Virgil Tibbs, but he has an important point to make and he makes it If you are ever doubting that race relations have made enormous progress in the last 50 years, read this book and feel the knot in your stomach when Mr Tibbs comes into a diner and is denied a glass of milk It is difficult to even imagine people actually feeling this way and yet so many did It is painful to read this book now but it matters to remember that it was a small book that made a big difference It exposed us to ourselves, without any place to run and hide I vaguely remember the furor when Sidney Poitier made Guess Who s Coming to Dinner People were outraged It is the outrage that outrages us now It is easy to carry the image of Mr Poitier in my head while readingwho else could be Mr Tibbs It has been decades since I saw the movie and reading the book has made me want to see it again This was an interesting voyage into the past, a place we wax nostalgic for, but in some ways a place we would never want to occupy again.

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    I ve seen several less than positive reviews of this book written by those who were disappointed in the character of Virgil Tibbs after having seen the film Like my review of the The Choirboys I ll make comparisons between the two towards the end.This is a great crime novel, than a crime novel, but a study of human relations in the context of race, an aspect that is handled with poignant delicacy Unlike the movie, the relationship between African American detective Tibbs and southern white cop Sam Woods is the primary focus, and that with Sheriff Gillespie is secondary The novel shows, not tells about the fruitlessness of racial prejudice A notable feature is the way various points of view are presented in the novel, hard to express in a film The points of view of the white men in the story are handled with a logical and even handed manner, detached from prompt condemnation In this way it is easy to see how the racist beliefs of the characters in the novel arise in the minds of uneducated men, to the point that we pardon them, rather than loath them, quite an achievement for an African American author Some of their beliefs are so idiotic, we even feel sorry for them, like when Sam says They don t feel it when they get hit the way you or I would, he explained They haven t got the same nervous systemthat s how they win fights, why they re not afraid to get into the ring Another memorable quote, by a minor character called Pete, is chock full of irony and demonstrates Mr Ball s style in dealing with prejudice Smartest black I ever saw, Pete concluded He added a remarkable tribute He oughta been a white man Some differences with the movieIn the film, Sheriff Gillespie is portrayed as a fairly competent man surrounded by buffoons, including Sam In the novel, Gillespie is an insecure man with no police experience prior to taking the job he was a prison guard before This adds psychological and political elements to the plot.Tibbs is not a volatile man, not struggling to restrain his near bursting resentment toward ignorant crackers as in the film, but rather a calm, methodical, patient person who is well aware of the hostile environment he finds himself in If a white man had slapped him which happens in the film, but not in the book , he would not have slapped him back, but turn the other cheek and shame the offender for his loss of control This adds credence to his reputation as an efficient, analytical homicide detective.Unlike the film, Tibbs is not always the center of attention In fact, there are parts of the book where we don t know where he is or what he is doing, other than investigating This adds an air of mystery to the character.Don t get me wrong, I loved the film, with the riveting performances of Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger it s one of my all time favorites But compared to the novel, it is a different animal altogether.

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    To my mind the Virgil Tibbs in the novel didn t have quite the same presence or weight of Sidney Poitier in the movie Virgil Tibbs in the novel seemed to be a subdued presence, I was expecting fire from his character.Have wanted to read this novel for ages and have to admit being a shade disappointed because I had such high expectations It is well written and the mystery component well delivered but it is the finely wrought characterisation between the amateur Chief of Police Gillespie and the professional Virgil Tibbs that draws the reader in A novel of prejudice and racial discrimination.

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    The 1967 film version of In The Heat Of The Night has long been a favourite of mine It spawned two disappointing sequels, but that s often the way with films There are noticeable differences between the book the film, but both are equally compelling stories.John Ball s 1967 novel starts brilliantly never lets up It s not only a fine crime story, it says a lot about bigotry racism in America in the 1960s There s great dialogue excellent characterisation throughout At only 158 pages it shows that you don t need to write a long novel to write a great one.I was pleasantly surprised to see that Ball had written further novels featuring detective Virgil Tibbs, so my next step is to track some of those down.

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    3.5A classic detective story from the 60 s in South US, with the slight twist that the hero is a black man dealing with horrible racism both from his peers and suspects involved A light and quick read that I d recommend to any crime fan.As someone who loves detective stories I really enjoyed this classical noir type The blatant racism is very annoying but it s exactly how it happened back then, unfortunately.

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    They call me Mr Tibbs When night patrolman Sam Wood finds a dead man in the street, it s quickly apparent the man has been murdered It also transpires he s a prominent person Maestro Enrico Mantoli, a famous conductor who was organising a music festival in the town The new police chief, Bill Gillespie, has never run a murder investigation before In fact, he hasn t much experiencing of policing at all he was mainly hired because of his intimidating air of authority and his willingness to uphold this Alabama town s resistance to change in the face of the Civil Rights movement He orders Sam to check around for anyone who looks like he might be trying to leave town When Sam comes across a black man sitting quietly in the Colored waiting room of the train station and discovers he has a sizeable amount of cash in his wallet, it seems the case is closed Until the black man reveals his identity to Gillespie Virgil Tibbs, a homicide investigator with the Pasadena police, who s passing through Wells on his way back north after visiting his motherI seem to have spent a lot of time recently reading about the American South around the time of the Civil Rights movement This book is fundamentally a crime novel with a very good plot and some excellent detection elements But it s far than that it paints an entirely believable picture of being a black man in a town that s run by the whites for the whites at a time when segregation and racism were still entirely acceptable It also takes us into the minds of the white people, though, showing how they are the product of their conditioning, and how they react when they are forced to reassess the things they take for granted about their own racial superiority I do have one niggling reservation, about me rather than the book It was written by a white man showing the perspective of a black man in the American South, and I am a white Scotswoman, so although it rings wholly true to me, I can t help feeling I m not the best person to judge the portrayals of either race in that place and time That said, on with the review Gillespie is prevailed upon by his superiors to bring Tibbs in on the investigation He has mixed feelings about it on the one hand, he doesn t want to be shown up by a despised black man on the other hand, if the case isn t solved, then he can blame Tibbs Sam Wood ends up as a sort of unofficial partner to Tibbs, and although he s a much nicer man than Gillespie, he too has to fight his repugnance to treating a black man as in any way equal There are all sorts of subtle nuances that show how pervasive racism is in this society, like the white people all calling Tibbs Virgil, while he is supposed to refer to them by their title and surname, or like Sam s unease at Tibbs sitting in the front seat of their car In fact, Tibbs is the one who is most at ease with himself and with the situation He grew up in the South, knows the rules and conforms to them, never arguing about being forced to use the Colored washroom or not being allowed to eat in the diner, nor openly objecting to the overt racist language directed at him But he s worked in California, a place where racism still exists for sure, but not in this formalised, legally endorsed way While the white men think they re superior to Tibbs because of their race, Tibbs is well aware of his own superiority in training and experience But he s human enough to need to prove it, so he s driven to stay and solve the case rather than taking the easy option of simply getting on the next train out of town.The plot itself is very good, and the investigation takes us through all the levels in this society from rich to poor, from the cultural leaders involved in setting up the music festival, to the political class, increasingly divided between the socially conservative and the liberal elements, to the poor people trying to scratch a living in a town that has lost its biggest employer and is struggling to find a new purpose But it s undoubtedly the characterisation that makes this one special Tibbs himself is likeable, a hero it s easy to root for Woods and Gillespie are complex and they each grow and learn over the course of the investigation, about police work but also about themselves It avoids a saccharine wholesale conversion to woolly brotherhood of man liberalism on their parts, but gives hope that people and society can change, given patience and the right circumstances.An excellent book that deserves its status as a classic of the genre well written and plotted, and insightful about race and class at a moment of change Highly recommended.www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com

  10. says:

    Tolle Geschichte ber Rassendiskriminierung und wie , bei der der eigentliche Mordfall fast in den Hintergrund ger t.

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