The Big Heat

By William P. McGivern
Read by Christopher Lane

6.27 Hours 01/01/2002 unabridged
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Murder was in the air. A cop had killed himself, and every crook in town knew that would be sure to bring on the big heat. It all started innocently enough, when a cop committed suicide. It was worry over ill health, said his wife. Detective Dave Bannion wasn’t so sure, but when he started digging, he was told to lay off—fast! Instead, he turned in his badge and started stalking the city streets and bars in search of the truth. There he uncovered a red-hot story of murder and corruption that would blow Philadelphia’s underworld sky high. Bannion was big, strong, and angry enough to kill, but he was only one honest man in a city full of mobsters and crooked cops. The big heat was on.

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Summary

Summary

Murder was in the air. A cop had killed himself, and every crook in town knew that would be sure to bring on the big heat.

It all started innocently enough, when a cop committed suicide. It was worry over ill health, said his wife. Detective Dave Bannion wasn’t so sure, but when he started digging, he was told to lay off—fast! Instead, he turned in his badge and started stalking the city streets and bars in search of the truth. There he uncovered a red-hot story of murder and corruption that would blow Philadelphia’s underworld sky high. Bannion was big, strong, and angry enough to kill, but he was only one honest man in a city full of mobsters and crooked cops. The big heat was on.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“McGivern gets better all the time…will keep you reading until you finish, it is all so compulsive.” Publishers Weekly
“Despite having been written more than 50 years ago, [The Big Heat] holds up well, thanks to sharp dialogue and Christopher Lane's crisp reading.” AudioFile

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Reviews

by Bertie Wooster 9/13/2017
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A Detective Who Reads St. John of the Cross

I thoroughly enjoyed Midnight Extra and thought I'd get more of the same with the Big Heat. But this is more isn't just a tense, well-wrought detective story. Sure, there's plenty of handguns and gangster's molls, tough talk and crooked cops,. But this is also a thoughtful handling of the question of revenge--its justification and its limits, how far is too far--and whether it should be pursued at all, even under terrible provocation. There's never a question of who's talking because Christopher Lane does the story full justice, with performance that gives every character a distinctive voice.

Author

Author Bio: William P. McGivern

William P. McGivern (1919–1982), born in Chicago, grew up in Mobile, Alabama. After quitting high school, he started to write. He served in World War II and then studied in England before returning to the United States, where he worked as a police reporter for the Philadelphia Bulletin. After his first novels appeared in the 1940s, he received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. In the 1960s he and his wife moved to Hollywood, where he wrote for film and television. Several of his books were made into motion pictures, including The Big Heat and Rogue Cop.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 6.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English