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 York World-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 African-American detective, Virgil Tibbs. Mr. Ball has also authored a number of notable young adult books.
- A Killing in the Market
- Five Pieces of Jade
- Miss One Thousand Spring Blossoms
- Phase Three Alert
- Rescue Mission
Praise for John Ball
A nice tight murder puzzle.
Times Literary Supplement (Five Pieces of Jade)
A taut, dramatic yarn.
Charlotte Observer (Five Pieces of Jade)
Tibbs is as much a model of perfection as the late Wimsey… A good detective who actually ratiocinates.
Times Literary Supplement (London) (Then Came Violence)
Edgar Award-Winning Author
Author of “In the Heat of the Night”