RE: RARA-AVIS: Movies Better Than Books: Doherty

From: Todd Mason (
Date: 29 May 2002

I may have to (belatedly) agree that the film of IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT is at least as good as John Ball's fine novel, but the sequels to the novel
(beginning with the ?intentionally "unfilmable" THE COOL COTTONTAIL) are certainly better than the sequels to the movie...leaving aside the bland television series. Though I am fond of THE ORGANIZATION.

Perhaps there's a reason Robert Fish reached for the Robert Pike name with that one? TM

-----Original Message----- From: JIM DOHERTY [mailto:]

> BULLITT is certainly better than MUTE WITNESS by
> Robert Pike. I found Pike's novel to be a bit like
> a 87th Precinct novel if Ed McBain hadn't been any
> good.

I'd forgotten about that one, but it's certainly an obvious choice. Reminds of another film of roughly similar vintage that's better than the book, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT.

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