This novel exudes the personality of a small southern Georgia town on a slow, hot, humid, August day. The narrator is fantastic in his portrayal of the characters and adds to the feeling of being a part of this southern town. Characters are interesting and the author did a great job in developing each one. This is just a great "yarn" that made for an enjoyable experience. I enjoyed the book and recommend it if you are not looking for Jack Reacher exploits. It is a Georgia Peach that goes well with a mint julep...
Since listening, I have been recommending to everyone I can. It was like the movie Places in the Heart meets Mississippi Burning, meets Silence of the Lambs (set in the 1930's).
Hard to compare. Don't recall ever encountering any other book wherein the powerful undercurrent of southern racism evoked a building rage in the listener, while at the same time the compelling mystery kept growing at every turn. I was deeply touched by the reminder of the afflictions endured in the pre-civil rights South, I was tremendously angered by the injustice of that era, and I was all at the same time gripped by the suspense of murder/mystery plot that spanned the lives of 3 police chiefs of this southern community.
Mark Hammer is the story! One of the all time great performances, period. His southern tone, his pace, his inflections, his pondering pauses...Honestly, he made the story and the setting completely come alive. I could taste the dust, the beatings, the suspense...everything!
It was definitely a page turner with a poetic pace. The seemingly innocuous mustard seed of this small community in the South just kept growing and growing and growing...
You will not be disappointed.
This book should be required reading for High School (12th grade) and College students.
Understanding of the political system in America and why people do what they do, is all here.
The narrator brings, Mr. Hammer, brings the voice and the attitude of the times so that understanding in context is assured.
Can't put down
I love the story line where it goes through the generations. It is easy to listen to and so interesting you don't want it to end. I love this series and this is one of, if not the best.
Will Henry Lee
This is just a great all around read. It has something for everyone.
A good look at life in a Southern small town between the 1920s and 1960s. The slow pace of life matched by the pace of the narrator. It was a refreshing change after listening to so many novels read with such urgency and drama. Story centered on a small town, but expanded here and there to a state and national level, which I liked. There are three generational stories that flow well from one to the other, with a dark mystery running through all three. I highly recommend this book.
I was somewhat reluctant to buy a book from 1980, but I was familiar with Stuart Woods and his Stone Barrington series and thought this would be a typical light, fun, read but I was blown by the depth of this book. Reminded my of To Kill a Mockingbird and In the Heat of the Night. This was a generational murder mystery wrapped loosely around an in-depth story of the Deep South in the 20's to the 60's. Wonderfully woven and emotionally charged, this book will have you reading to the wee hours.
This is the best Stuart Woods book, but the Audible version was amateur. I could often hear the narrator swallow. Sometimes there was not even a pause between chapters...they just ran together. Someone needs to re-edit this before selling it.
The narrator was professional and skillful; the editing made him seem like a beginner. No doubt he would be embarrassed if he listened to it.
It's up near the top. It had all the elements of great story telling, it presented atmosphere, characters and a story line that wove through multiple levels.
Will Henry, the first chief won my heart right from the start.
I was very involved in the story line, as I loved the homespun quality of the setting.
I listen to lots of books... this is a good story, interesting idea. However, if I didn't have double time speed I would have slept thru the entire book.