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John Dudley Ball (July 8, 1911 — October 15, 1988), 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.

Ball was born in Schenectady, New York, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He wrote for a number of magazines and newspapers, including the Brooklyn Eagle. For a time he worked part-time as a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, was trained in martial arts, and was a nudist. In the mid 1980s, he was the book review columnist for Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine. Ball lived in Encino, California, and died there in 1988.

Ball's Last Plane Out consists of two stories which share characters and then meld together. The first involves a group of travelers in a troubled Third World country, waiting for the last plane out, which they hope will carry them to safety. The second story is shared by an aviation buff who is given his chance to increase his flying skills by the airline that has been built by the pilot Captain of the first story. They meet when an important character in the first story by chance recognizes the quality of our buff during a plane crash and introduces him to the original pilot Captain.

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Total Books: 134
In the Heat of the Night The Original Virgil Tibbs Novel
2015 - In the Heat of the Night the Original VIrgil Tibbs Novel [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780143107743
ISBN-10: 0143107747
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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In the Heat of the Night
2015 - In the Heat of the Night [Virgil Tibbs] (Audio CD)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781501251481
ISBN-10: 1501251481
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Judo Boy
2014 - Judo Boy (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781503150829
ISBN-10: 1503150828
Genre: Children's Books
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North Tyrol Bavarian and Salzburg Alps
2014 - North Tyrol Bavarian and Salzburg Alps (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783957385253
ISBN-10: 3957385253
Genres: Reference, Travel
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Trouble for Tallon
2014 - Trouble for Tallon [Chief Jack Tallon - Volume 2] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781612329864
ISBN-10: 1612329861
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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War Torn My World in Conflict
2011 - War Torn My World in Conflict (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781462038718
ISBN-10: 1462038719
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Living Well Running Hard Lessons Learned from Living with Parkinson's Disease
Notes of a Naturalist in South America
2010 - Notes of a Naturalist in South America (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781142102982
ISBN-10: 114210298X
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Peaks Passes and Glaciers A Series of Excursions by Members of the Alpine Club
Spicilegium Florae Maroccanae
2010 - Spicilegium Florae Maroccanae [pt.2-5] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781153161534
ISBN-10: 1153161532
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Styrian Carnic and Julian Alps
2010 - Styrian Carnic and Julian Alps (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781153169646
ISBN-10: 1153169649
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South Tyrol and Venetian or Dolomite Alps
2010 - South Tyrol and Venetian or Dolomite Alps (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781153171267
ISBN-10: 1153171260
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A Description of the First Or Aswan Cataract of the Nile
2010 - A Description of the First or Aswan Cataract of the Nile (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143001703
ISBN-10: 1143001702
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Baharia Oasis Its Topography and Geology
2010 - Baharia Oasis Its Topography and Geology (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143010736
ISBN-10: 1143010736
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Journal of a Tour in Marocco and the Great Atlas
2010 - Journal of a Tour in Marocco and the Great Atlas (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781141954773
ISBN-10: 114195477X
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The Alpine Guide
2010 - The Alpine Guide (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141229222
ISBN-10: 1141229226
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Book-Keeping by RGC Hamilton and J Ball
2010 - Book-keeping By Rgc Hamilton and J Ball (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781141282418
ISBN-10: 1141282410
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Central Tyrol Including the Gross Glockner
2010 - Central Tyrol Including the Gross Glockner (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781152879423
ISBN-10: 1152879421
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Hints and Notes Practical and Scientific for Travellers in the Alps Being a Revision of the General Introduction to the alpine Guide
A Guide to the Western Alps
2009 - A Guide to the Western Alps (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151484239
ISBN-10: 1151484237
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2006 - A Treatise of the Covenant of Grace [Facsimile Reprint from the 1645 Edition] (Paperback)
1988 - Then Came VIolence [Virgil Tibbs, Bk 6] (Paperback)
1984 - We Live in New Zealand [Living Here] (Other)Hardcover
Let's VIsit Fiji [Burke Books] (Other)
Awake in Darkness [Mod. Poets S] (Paperback)
Death for a Playmate [A Virgil Tibbs Mystery Novel] (Paperback)