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.
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"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)
This was an excellent read, continue to enjoy Woods works. I am running out of books by him. Want them all unabridged.
I really recommend this book. Some complained about the narrator and the slowness of his speech, but, trust me, his accent and pace is right for the time and place (well, except for the Irish wife's accent, he'd have been better off not attempting that one and missing by such a wide margin.
Well-told, interesting story about 40 years of a small Georgia town. I'm impressed with the narrator's seemingly limitless accents for each of the characters.
Just finished listening to Chiefs....one of Stuart Wood's best. Quite a bit more appealing to me than his Stone Barrington novels. Mark Hammer is one of those rare storytellers who adds real authenticity to any thing from the deep south. I always enjoy his homespun folksy style...Even Will Patton couldn't have done it better. The loose editing of this audio book would be distracting on a lot of other books, but for some reason it was conducive to this one. I can just imagine Mark Hammer sitting in a rocker surrounded by eager listeners as he spins his tales. I bet his grandkids have spent many an hour enthralled by his mastery of the art of storytelling. I'm ready to listen to another....maybe one of his James Lee Burke audios.
At first, I didn't like the narrator and it took me a little bit of time to get into it. But, then I really began to enjoy it and was sorry to see it end. I would recommend it.
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.
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