Author Stuart Woods' riveting novel spans three generations while also probing deep into Southern small-town attitudes and behavior. The residents of Delano, with their reluctance to disturb a familiar social order, provide the perfect backdrop for this tale of dark secrets and murder.
Over 40 years ago, Woods found a battered chief-of-police badge in his grandmother's house. It had belonged to his grandfather, who had been shot in the line of duty. The story of the lawman's death inspired Woods to write Chiefs, which won an Edgar Award and was made into a popular TV miniseries.
©1981 Stuart Woods; (P)2006 Recorded Books LLC
"A riveting story of the Deep South that mixes murder mystery with political intrigue." (Publishers Weekly)
"A fascinating, compelling tale." (The New York Times)
"The homey wisdom of [Hammer's] voice, coupled with Woods's engaging story, makes this audiobook memorable." (AudioFile)
I,d never heard of the book until they made a TV series out of it. The book is well written and superbly read. Better, as usual, than the TV Movie.
I really enjoyed Chiefs. The narrator was perfect and a great story. I was disappointed that Will Lee Book 2 was not available so ordered from Amazon.
This is a very good book, perhaps "great story" is over the top. As a black man, there are moments in the book that I had to fast forward or even stop listening momentarily because of the suspense and drama.
Narration is good and the lenght of the story is appropriate
This book got me thru 2 long days of cleaning house to get ready for Christmas company and when it ended I felt lonely! The story is engrossing and you really feel that you become friends with the characters. But there were many times I wasn't sure I could stick with it. The narrator sounds like he's been drinking and slurs his words and sounds like he has marbles in his mouth. I would like to read the book again but not with this narrator.
But still, if you are considering this book, definitely go for it because the story is worth the occasional agony you experience from the narrator.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I did expect more mystery, but the multi-generation story was well-written and kept me interested through the entire 18 hours. The narrator, however, was excrutiatingly slow. His reading voice is clear and methodical, but his southern accents are so slow that it distracts from the story. (I am from Mississippi and I can say the the only person I have ever heard that speaks that slowly has had a stroke!)
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