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All in all, this is a satisfying story, above and beyond a "bare"-bones whodunit. And, yes, Virgil does find out, as always, whodunit and why. He was also a part-time LA County sheriff's deputy and trained in martial arts, as was Tibbs himself. Apr 25, Lesley rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the second of John Ball's books featuring his most famous creation, Virgil Tibbs, the Black homicide investigator from Pasadena, California. Ball, who was a nudist, explores that life style when a body is found in the pool of a nudist resort.

The victims tan lines make it clear that he is not a nudist, but great lengths have been taken to obscure his identity whil This is the second of John Ball's books featuring his most famous creation, Virgil Tibbs, the Black homicide investigator from Pasadena, California.

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The victims tan lines make it clear that he is not a nudist, but great lengths have been taken to obscure his identity while making sure that the body is found promptly: Ball not only spins an interesting tales about a well-developed character, he explores issues of race, as well as conformity and individuality. Virgil generally gets along with most people, but struggles to keep his calm when racism faces him again.

At several points, characters must decide whether to stand by Virgil and face the anger or disgust of racists, or whether abandon him to avoid friction. First published in , the book has held up well. And alas, the racial issues are still alive today.

The one weakness in the story is that Ball does not give all the clues to the reader. Since I read mysteries as novels, rather than attempting to solve them, this doesn't bother me, but may be annoying to some readers. At the end of the first two books at least , Virgil assembles the cast to explain the solution. A series that deserves to survive as a classic. Tibbs will fall short. This book, second in the series, is a decent police procedural featuring the ever-cool Mr.


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He uses his logic, his demeanor and his martial arts training to solve a murder, facing bigotry along the way. Pretty standard police procedural with a unique protagonist. Narration by Dion Graham is outstanding. Written in the 60's this is the followup novel to In The Heat of the Night. Let the reader know to watch for the vague clues to the mystery. I missed them completely, although at the end I knew when the final attack came. All is explained at the end of the story.

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Aug 15, Ed rated it really liked it Shelves: Tibbs has to solve a murder in a nudist resort. The unusual environment adds to this mystery. Ball brings his background as a nudist to add realism to the settings. Virgil Tibbs series - Sun Valley Lodge was in a nudist park which had an excellent reputation and a most careful screening of members. Though the body floating in the pool was nude, it was not the body of one of the members.

The dead man was well-to-do, perhaps even prominent. But his clothing was nowher 2 in the Virgil Tibbs series. But his clothing was nowhere to be found; and someone had tried to prevent his being identified. It was going to be a hard murder to solve, but Virgil Tibbs was determined to solve it —and even to get used to carrying on his investigations in the midst of a nudist park, which added certain problems of its own.

This author was so ahead of his time! The story is both riveting and entertaining! The characters are very believable and the prejudice against a nudist lifestyle as well addressing the prejudice towards the color of the leading character, Virgil Gibbs.

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I truly wish I had discovered this author a long time ago. Truly entertaining and an exceptional read. Apr 13, Jenene rated it it was amazing Shelves: Loved the writing style. Looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series based on Virgil Tibbs. Kept seeing Sidney Poitier's face: Jul 23, Randy rated it it was amazing.

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Police officer Virgil Tibbs' investigation leads him to a nudist colony. Kate rated it really liked it Feb 15, Dafne rated it it was amazing Jul 29, Martha Green rated it it was amazing Apr 11, Don Reis rated it liked it Dec 29, Robert Arl rated it really liked it Jun 26, At several points, characters must decide whether to stand by Virgil and face the anger or disgust of racists, or whether abandon him to avoid friction.

First published in , the book has held up well. And alas, the racial issues are still alive today.

The one weakness in the story is that Ball does not give all the clues to the reader. Since I read mysteries as novels, rather than attempting to solve them, this doesn't bother me, but may be annoying to some readers. At the end of the first two books at least , Virgil assembles the cast to explain the solution. A series that deserves to survive as a classic. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime.

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