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John Ball

(John Dudley Ball)
USA flag (1911 - 1988)

The son of a scientist, John Ball was born in Schenectady, New York, and grew up in Milwaukee. He attended Carroll College in Wisconsin. He subsequently worked as a science staff writer on Fortune, a music critic and feature writer for the Brooklyn Eagle, a daily columnist on the New Yorkworld-Telegram & Sun, a broadcaster for a Washington radio station, and a Director of Public Relations for the Institute of Aerospace Sciences. His In the Heat of the Night was awarded a Mystery Writers of America "Edgar" for the Best First Mystery Novel of the Year, and since had been followed by The Cool Cottontail, also featuring his Negro detective, Virgil Tibbs. Mr. Ball has also authored a number of notable young adult books.

Genres: Mystery
Virgil Tibbs
   1. In The Heat Of The Night (1965)
   2. The Cool Cottontail (1966)
   3. Johnny Get Your Gun (1969)
     aka Death For A Playmate
   4. Five Pieces Of Jade (1972)
   5. The Eyes Of Buddha (1976)
   6. Then Came Violence (1980)
   7. Singapore (1986)
Jack Tallon
   1. Police Chief (1977)
   2. Trouble For Tallon (1981)
   3. Chief Tallon and the S. O. R (1984)
   Operation Springboard (1958)
     aka Operation Space
   Spacemaster 1 (1960)
   Judo Boy (1964)
   Miss One Thousand Spring Blossoms (1968)
   The First Team (1971)
   Mark One: The Dummy (1974)
   The Winds of Mitamura (1975)
   The Killing In The Market (1978)
   The Murder Children (1979)
   The Kiwi Target (1988)
   The Van (1989)
Anthologies edited

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