John Dudley Ball

John Dudley Ball


Born
in Schenectady, New York, The United States
July 08, 1911

Died
October 15, 1988

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John Dudley Ball writing as John Ball, was an American writer best known for mystery novels involving the African-American police detective Virgil Tibbs. He was introduced in the 1965 In the Heat of the Night where he solves a murder in a racist Southern small town. It won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America and was made into an Oscar-winning film of the same name starring Sidney Poitier; the film had two sequels, and spawned a television series several decades later, none of which were based on Ball's later Tibbs stories. He also wrote under the name John Ball Jr..

Ball was born in Schenectady, New York, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He wrote for a
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Average rating: 3.83 · 2,288 ratings · 254 reviews · 43 distinct worksSimilar authors
In the Heat of the Night (V...

3.78 avg rating — 1,413 ratings — published 1965 — 3 editions
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Johnny Get Your Gun

3.71 avg rating — 199 ratings — published 1969 — 16 editions
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In the Heat of the Night: T...

4.04 avg rating — 113 ratings — published 2015 — 4 editions
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Phase Three Alert

3.99 avg rating — 79 ratings — published 1977 — 3 editions
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Miss One Thousand Spring Bl...

4.18 avg rating — 93 ratings — published 1969 — 6 editions
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The Cool Cottontail

3.94 avg rating — 70 ratings — published 1966 — 15 editions
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Five Pieces of Jade

3.67 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 1972 — 14 editions
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Last Plane Out

4.09 avg rating — 32 ratings — published 1970 — 5 editions
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The Eyes of Buddha

3.68 avg rating — 34 ratings — published 1976 — 12 editions
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Arctic Showdown: An Alaskan...

4.31 avg rating — 16 ratings2 editions
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