Johnny Get Your Gun

Genre: Mystery

Johnny Get Your Gun

Performed by:
Dion Graham
#3 in Virgil Tibbs

The third novel in the acclaimed Virgil Tibbs mystery seriesWhen a nine-year-old boy shoots an older child, a race war is ignited between militant blacks and racist whites of 1960s Pasadena. Follow black homicide detective Virgil Tibbs as he investigates the scene of the conflict involving riots, brutalities, a chase through Disneyland, and a heartwarming—and heartbreaking—scene that takes place in the baseball stadium of the former Los Angeles Angels.Here you will find childhood gone awry, racism that ought to shock but in context does not (we know it too well), and political conflicts that add fuel to the fire.

Unabridged recording:
Run time: 5 hours
Media Options:
  • Retail Trade: CD, Download, MP3-CD
  • Library Editions: CD

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John Ball

John Ball wrote over thirty novels during his career including mysteries, war novels, and adventure stories, but his reputation as a novelist is based on his first work—the 1965, In the Heat of the Night. While under considerable pressure from his publisher to make a change, Ball insisted on keeping the leading character in his novel a black man. Ball made the right decision and the book garnered him much praise for progressive thinking and a keen understanding of racial prejudice. Ball wrote other books that featured the hero of In the Heat of the Night, detective Virgil Tibbs, including The Cool Cottontail (1966), and Johnny Get Your Gun (1969). Later in life, Ball worked as a part-time police offer in Los Angeles and also trained in the martial arts. He died in 1988.
Dion Graham

Dion Graham, best known for HBO’s The Wire, is a critically acclaimed, Odyssey and Audie award-winning actor and narrator. He has performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, internationally, and in TV and film. He loves making audio art for both young people and grown ups. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.

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