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Chiefs | [Stuart Woods]

Chiefs

In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1919, Delano, Georgia, appoints its first chief of police. Honest and hardworking, the new chief is puzzled when young men start to disappear. But his investigation is ended by the fatal blast from a shotgun. Delano's second chief-of-police is no hero, yet he is also disturbed by what he sees in the missing-persons bulletins. In 1969, when Delano's third chief takes over, the unsolved disappearances still haunt the police files.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Aaron mirimar beach, FL, United States 05-10-12
    Aaron mirimar beach, FL, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Best Ever"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, good story and narrator Mr Hammer is the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    setting and different characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, I walk and listen, so walked over eight miles to finish this book


    Any additional comments?

    Stuart Woods....best....

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    Elly 05-03-12
    Elly 05-03-12
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    "Sit back and relax"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, so cleverly narrated by Mark Hammer. He takes on so many parts it's amazing he doesn't forget which voice goes with which character. He has a great voice, perfect for this book. Very believable.


    What about Mark Hammer’s performance did you like?

    As above


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to but couldn't. I will be taking it on vaction with me and will do just that lying on my sunbed. Definitely worth another listen or three.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't regret it. I saw this TV adaptation so many years ago... it was a series. And it was so gripping and interesting then. The book version may welll be even better, thanks to Mark Hammer.

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    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 04-30-12
    NOKWISA Garland, Texas, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Southern Living"

    I was not familiar with this author but I am glad I took a chance on "Chiefs". If you grew up in a small town especially a small Southern town you will identify with these characters. As a kid we had a 'Chief' whose nickname was 'Fats' and he was. This book covers the time in office of three men both good and bad and the town fathers of Delano GA who helped put them there. The narration was excellent. Mr Hammer putting voice to each person was smooth gliding from one to another. I enjoyed this book and these characters so much I went on to read "Grass Roots" by the same author.

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    Christopher Sacramento, CA, United States 04-23-12
    Christopher Sacramento, CA, United States 04-23-12
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    "Just as good as the tv mini series"

    Growing up there we a few movies or shows that I would watch over and over. This was one of them. After listening to the book, I can say that I really enjoyed it as much as watching it.

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    Gayle Wayne 03-14-12
    Gayle Wayne 03-14-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Terrific Entertainment!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Chiefs to be better than the print version?

    The narrator is so good he brings every character to life. His accents and inflections put you right into the story. Parts of the story are slow, but he is so gifted that you are completely entertained despite the slowdowns.. It has to be better than the print version because of this. I have never heard a better narrator than Mark Hammer.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    THe last third of the book tied it all together wonderfully - and had just enough suspense to keep me listening in the garage, after the ride home. Every subplot meshes in the end.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending of course! You know it is all coming together after many twists and many years,


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wish they would make a movie of this book - it would be a winner. Tag line???
    Small town intrigue through three generations of Police Chiefs in the old South


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janelle moree, Australia 02-18-12
    Janelle moree, Australia 02-18-12 Member Since 2014

    Book junkie

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    "Very Very Good"

    Atmospheric, timeless and beautifully written.The story flows and grows so well you dont even notice the depth of the story until it unravells.

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    fred PETOSKEY, MI, United States 01-31-12
    fred PETOSKEY, MI, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2007
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    "fantastic"
    If you could sum up Chiefs in three words, what would they be?

    gripping, compelling, realistic


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    the plot twists were unexpected even for a frequent flyer like me, but actually more believable than many stories. i listen to a lot of books but i don't write many reviews. woods is one of my favorite authors and this book is GREAT. even better is the narration. i loved listening to this one. i may listen to this again just to hear it read.


    Have you listened to any of Mark Hammer???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    its weird. when Hammer introduces a book i don't think i will like his reading but once he starts he is soooo good with accents, gender changes, and appropriate inflection that i think he is in the top 3 or 4 readers.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes but my bladder is not big enough for that.


    Any additional comments?

    get this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Beatty, NV, United States 01-28-12
    Mary Beatty, NV, United States 01-28-12
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    "can't listen to this"
    What disappointed you about Chiefs?

    I haven't been able to listen to this. The reader sounds slobbery and it detracts from the whole. I've tried 3 times and just couldn't enjoy it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have read several books by Stuart Woods and like his products.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Hammer’s performances?

    No, thank you.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Stuart Woods is a very readable author.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I could find another version read by a different reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 11-29-11
    Rick Trussville, AL, United States 11-29-11 Member Since 2011
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    "E Book Hooked"

    I have read and listened to Mr. Woods Stone B. books, which I enjoy. But truthfully, I liked this book even better. It caught me off guard and sucked me into the story. I found myself sitting in my car listening to one more chapter. I liked it so much I went out and bought the next book. Good job, I obviously recomend to readers and listeners.

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    Bodil Tromso, Norway 10-20-11
    Bodil Tromso, Norway 10-20-11 Member Since 2010

    Optometrist who likes to read and knit. Preferably at the same time, audiobooks makes it easier.

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    "Loved it!!!"

    I loved this book from the start! I can't really understand the complaints others have had with the narration, I though Mark Hammer set just the right pace for the story, and not once did I think of it as slow. The characters are alive from the start, you feel like you know them and want them to do well.
    The murders in this book is not that much of a mystery, at least not for long, but it forms the thread throughout and finally binds it all toghether, leaving you knowing that almost any book you start next is gonna be a bit of a disappointment in comparison..

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