Eye of the Cricket - The Detective Story by James Sallis - BBC Radio Audiobook - cheops
A BBC 7 commission of James Sallis' intriguing novel. Set in late nineties New Orleans.
"The storm came in over the lake, bowing the shaggy heads of young trees and snapping branches off the old, blowing out of Metairie where the white folks live. In my own back yard a hundred-year-old water oak at last gave in, splitting in half as though a broadsword had struck it, opening like a book..."
Lew Griffin is a survivor, a black man in New Orleans, a detective, a teacher, a writer. And he is a man subject to all of the frailties to which we are heir. Having spent years finding others, he has lost his son...and himself in the process.
Now a derelict has appeared in a New Orleans hospital claiming to be Lewis Griffin and displaying a copy of one of Lew's novels. It is the beginning of a quest that will take Griffin into his own past while he tries to deal in the present with a search for three missing young men.
Read by Ray Shell and Joe Karie.
Adapted and produced in ten parts by Gordon House.
Ten episodes of approximately fifteen minutes each - episode summaries witheld to avoid spoiling the plot.
'He's right up there, one of the best of the best. His series of novels about private eye Lew Griffin is thoughtful, challenging and beautifully written.' - ( Ian Rankin, The Guardian )
About the Author:
James Sallis is the author of two dozen volumes of fiction, poetry, biography, translations, essays, and criticism. His recent book, Chester Himes: A Life, was widely praised coast to coast and abroad, and his novels, particularly the Lew Griffin series, are among the most highly regarded works of crime fiction published in recent years. He writes a regular column for the Boston Globe's book review section. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona.
First broadcast in 2006 on BBC Radio 7.
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