John Ball: In the Heat of the Night (USA 2001)
From the Publisher:
It's the 1960s. A hot August night lies heavy over the Carolinas. The corpse - legs sprawled, stomach down on the concrete pavement, arms above the head - brings the patrol car to a halt. The local police pick up a black stranger named Virgil Tibbs, only to discover that their most likely suspect is a homicide detective from California - and the racially tense community's single hope in solving a brutal murder that turns up no witnesses, no motives, no clues.
John Ball: In the Heat of the Night. Carroll & Graf; ISBN: 0786708832 (June, 2001), 185 p., $12.00.