John Ball

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Birthday
8, 1911
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Oct 15, 1988 (77)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
8, 1911
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Oct 15, 1988 (77)

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About

An American mystery writer, he is best known for his series of novels about African-American police detective, Virgil Tibbs. He published the first novel in the series, In the Heat of the Night, in 1965.

Before Fame

He studied at Wisconsin's Carroll College. He later wrote for several magazines and newspapers, including the Brooklyn Eagle.

Trivia

In 1971, he published a bestselling thriller entitled The First Team.

Family Life

He was born in New York, and he grew up in Wisconsin. He married Patricia Ball.

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His works have been compared to those of Tom Clancy.

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