Johnny Get Your Gun

Author(s): John Ball
Series: Virgil Tibbs Series No: 3
Genre: Mystery
CD - unabridged
Audio (4 discs)
Product Number: BN8143
Released: Aug 04, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781501251542
Narrator/s: Dion Graham
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Johnny Get Your Gun (also known as Death for a Playmate) is the third in the Virgil Tibbs mystery series that began with In the Heat of the Night. In this story, a nine-year-old boy, lonely after a family move, shoots an older child who stole something from him, thus igniting the militant blacks and racist whites of 1960s Pasadena into a black-white conflict involving riots, brutalities, a chase through Disneyland, and a heart-warming as well as heart-breaking scene toward the end of the book that takes place in a baseball park of the California 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.

Professional reviews

"A family struggling to make ends meet has their lives torn apart when their 9-year-old son, Johnny, decides to retaliate against a school bully. Dion Graham is up to the challenge of narrating this well-done story, set in the 1960s in California. Graham has to shift between various characters, including the boy and his parents, Tennessee transplants. He gives African-American detective Virgil Tibbs a stoic, commanding voice. The author elicits a fair amount of empathy from the listener by revealing multiple perspectives of the story, and Graham's narration makes fine use of consistent, creative voices for everyone involved. M.B. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"