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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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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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    Amazon Customer New Berlin, WI USA 07-11-08
    Amazon Customer New Berlin, WI USA 07-11-08 Member Since 2002

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    This book would get 10 stars if allowed!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon garden grove, CA, USA 07-08-08
    Gordon garden grove, CA, USA 07-08-08
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    "A good listen"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Charles F. Robinson Clearwater, Florida 06-29-08
    Charles F. Robinson Clearwater, Florida 06-29-08 Member Since 2000

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    "Great read"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel mckinney, TX, United States 02-20-08
    Gabriel mckinney, TX, United States 02-20-08
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    "great story"

    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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Axel TokyoJapan 01-22-08
    Axel TokyoJapan 01-22-08
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    really enjoyed this fantastic story !

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    Donna Centerview, MO, USA 12-31-07
    Donna Centerview, MO, USA 12-31-07 Member Since 2006
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    An interesting story ... well told.

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    Donna Centerview, MO, United States 12-31-07
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    An interesting story ... well told.

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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 12-23-07
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 12-23-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Epic story, miserable narrator"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jami E. Nettles Columbus, MS USA 02-24-07
    Jami E. Nettles Columbus, MS USA 02-24-07 Member Since 2002
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    "fascinating story - not much mystery"

    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!)

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Chocowinity, NC, United States 01-08-07
    Joseph Chocowinity, NC, United States 01-08-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Chiefs"

    Just a wouderful story. It is captivating with unexpected turns.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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