John Ball's 1965 mystery In the Heat of the Night tells the story of a black police officer named Virgil Tibbs who happens to be passing through a southern town at a particularly inauspicious moment. An orchestra conductor has been brutally murdered and the local police, without much in the way of real evidence, arrest Tibbs. On discovering that Tibbs is not the real killer but rather a highly-skilled homicide detective, the local police enlist Tibbs to help solve the case. Several factors made (and make) this novel so very relevant and timely. For one, the hero is a black police officer, which at the time the book was written was not a very common figure in popular culture. Tibbs's investigation leads him through the backwater town and exposes him to different forms of prejudice harbored by the townspeople. His urban sophistication and his California background also rankle the townspeople. A major accomplishment with this novel is that author John Ball refuses to discredit one stereotype by merely adopting another. He deftly manages to write a novel about prejudice and stereotype set in a region of the country where ignorance and racism cause terrible suffering, but avoids making the mistake of depicting every Southerner as ignorant or racist. Just as the portrait here of Virgil Tibb's topples some peoples' notions, portraits of some Southerners in this novel do the same. In the Heat of the Night stands as a classic pop culture document. It is also winner of the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America as well as the Crimewriters' Association's Golden Dagger Award, and it was named one of the hundred greatest detective novels of the century by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. The book's main character, Virgil Tibbs, also appears in The Cool Cottontail and Johnny Get Your Gun as part of the Virgil Tibbs mystery series.
Characters: 8 male, 2 femaleAcclaimed playwright Matt Pelfrey's adaptation of John Ball's In the Heat of the Night based on the award-winning book that inspired the Oscar-winning film and the Emmy-winning television series.It's 1962. A hot August night lies heavy over the small town of Argo, Alabama. A dead white man is discovered and the local police arrest a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs. The police discover that their prime suspect is in fact a homicide detective from California. As it happens, Tibbs becomes the racially-tense community's single hope in solving a brutal murder that is turning up no witnesses, no motives, and no clues."A tight and timely thriller!" -Theatermania.com. "It's eminently stageworthy...a tense and exciting story that follows the book's basic plot but offers viewers a distinctly new and different In the Heat of the Night" -CurtainUp. "The play is taut and startlingly resonant, even as it deals with events taking place nearly 50 years ago. Pelfrey's work is economical and uncompromising...suspenseful, thrilling, and stunningly theatrical." -Nytheatre.com.
It's supposed to be all hands on deck…not on each other! To Claudia Davis, her Australian beach hotel is paradise. To her business partner, Luke Hargreaves, it's a burden he's desperate to shake off! Then a cyclone hits, and it's down to them both to rebuild the resort. But keeping their minds on the job proves impossible with all those scorching-hot nights alone together…. Agreeing to a fling seems risk-free—Luke's leaving for London soon, and surely their chemistry will have self-combusted by then? Except with time running out it's just getting hotter…like a fireball burning out of control…. Those Summer Nights In Crescent Cove find sun, sea and steamy nights….
SHE MAKES HIM AN OFFER… Detective Brady O'Keefe doesn't want a relationship—doesn't believe in relationships. Especially now that he's knee-deep in a murder investigation that threatens the mayor's reelection campaign. An investigation that would go much more smoothly if only he could concentrate on more than the mayor's sexy PR consultant…. …HE CAN'T REFUSE! Erin Mahoney can't afford to lose this job, but working day—and night—with Brady O'Keefe is driving her to distraction! How can she focus on press releases when all she can do is fantasize about the two of them giving each other some release? So what will it hurt to offer him one night of sex to get it out of their systems, with no strings attached? Little does she guess that being tied up by Brady will be way too appealing….
From the USA Today bestselling author-a two-in-one volume of her extraordinary shapeshifting romances, Hunting Midnight and "The Night Owl." Featuring her novel Hunting Midnight and its sequel novella, "The Night Owl," Heat of the Night is Emma Holly at her paranormal best. In Hunting Midnight, the leader of a pack of shapeshifting immortals is betrayed by his longtime lover. Consumed with fury, he ventures recklessly beyond the borders of the Scottish forest-and into the desperate arms of a merchant's daughter. In "The Night Owl," a member of the same pack has been sent to America where his power can grow unimpeded. In a small Vermont town, his desire for a local baker makes him believe he has found his mate-and he'll do anything to claim her.
"Smart, sassy and entertaining." --Romantic Times magazine on Reunited...With Child All it takes is a spark! Meg Starling has come back to her small Florida hometown to start over. After spending five years in New York fighting to get her own TV show, she's almost ready to admit defeat. Then a call from a producer changes everything. Now she's got one last chance to make it big, and nobody's going to get in her way. Not even a hunky, drop-dead sexy, absolutely irresistible firefighter . . . Rory O'Roarke is new in town, but it hasn't taken the new guy at the firehouse long to scope out what he wants--Meg, the gorgeous girl next door. But Rory has his own issues--an incident at his last fire has left him struggling with doubts. Can he still do the job? All he wants is to settle down and have a normal life. Unfortunately, the only woman he wants has no intention of staying. It is the worst possible time for either of them to fall in love, but it's hard to stop a wildfire once it's burning out of control . . .
Hoping for a respite as his father slowly recovers from a stroke, Hollywood actor Tennyson Hardwick strives to land decent acting jobs and enjoys a relationship with his new girlfriend, circumstances that affect his perceptions about commitment and responsibility.
When Jacey returns home after being away for so many years, Philip, her stepbrother, fears that she has returned to seize control of his troubled company, as revenge for a single night of indiscretion and ecstasy
River of the Sea is the story of a 4 year old boy (Jules) whose mother was killed in an accident at a hunting lodge. He spent the next twenty years searching for his mothers love in the arms of other women. This event was beyond his recollection and the details were kept a secret by his father who attempted to shield him from this tragedy as he grew into a man. The attempt led to frustration in Jules life when the community in which he was raised gave birth to the rumor that his mother had committed suicide. This rumor led Jules to seek the truth of that tragic day at his fathers hunting lodge. Jules was to find no peace with his many consorts until he went off to the Vietnam war and while attempting to escape his enemy, save the life of a French- Chinese woman whose father had been killed in the Battle of Dien Ben Phu when she was a child.