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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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    Johnathan Santa Rosa, CA, United States 08-13-13
    Johnathan Santa Rosa, CA, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A suspensful drama"

    I remember watching the TV Mini-Series based on this book, which followed the novel beat for beat. Which means I knew the entire story before listening to the book. However there is enough depth and emotion in this story to keep my attention, even though I knew exactly what was going to happen. Perfect story for a lengthy road trip.

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    andrea 07-27-13
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    "So Interesting"

    I learned about the foibles of man and the overreaching proud men who allowed something awful to go on in their town for years, while doing despicable things themselves.

    Had to keep listening though I had finished walking my dogs!

    I will look for more of Stuart Woods. Thank you.

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    Palo Alto Resident Palo Alto, CA 07-19-13
    Palo Alto Resident Palo Alto, CA 07-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Small Town South"

    Mr. Hammer is perfect with his languid delivery. The voices of the characters worked for me. The story manifests disturbing race relations and a suspected serial killer.

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    Daniel Charleston, WV, United States 07-15-13
    Daniel Charleston, WV, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Southern Tale"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I could stop listening to this novel. Even though you know what is going to happen the character are so compelling you want to listen more.


    What three words best describe Mark Hammer’s performance?

    Measured, thought, and southern.


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    Gift Recipient Texas 07-15-13
    Gift Recipient Texas 07-15-13 Member Since 2011

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    "The best of Stuart Woods!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a great listen.


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

    I could hardly put it down!


    What does Mark Hammer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mark Hammer's delivery was a little slow at times but his voice seem to fit the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the best Stuart Woods I've read. I didn't know he had the depth that was required to tell this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Ruppert 07-12-13
    M. Ruppert 07-12-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Chiefs pushes boundaries"
    Where does Chiefs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Narrator is very good. He moves through the story at a pace which is easy to follow. His characterizations are spot on.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Will Henry Lee (one of the main characters). He is a flawed man trying to do the right thing, while still coming up short at times. He is a very human character.


    What does Mark Hammer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mark Hammer brings this story to life in a way I would not have experienced if I had only read the book.


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

    Too Late....The mini series (circa 1980) is the reason I wanted to read/listen to this book.


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    Trine Frederiksberg C, Denmark 07-08-13
    Trine Frederiksberg C, Denmark 07-08-13
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    "Great writing and a good story"
    What did you love best about Chiefs?

    The character gallery is very well described. The plot is not as fast paced as some other detective novels, but the story is so well thought out and the characters so well described that you still want to know more. One of the best listens I've had for a long time.


    What does Mark Hammer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mark Hammer has a very distinctive voice and style. I'm a very big fan of the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly and have thus listened to many audiobooks narrated by Mark Hammer. It took a little while to get used to his somewhat sniveling style but I have grown to like like it very much.


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    Debra smithfield, NC, USA 07-04-13
    Debra smithfield, NC, USA 07-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Powerful story about the south through the years"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene when Tucker gets arrested for speeding before they know he is the new police chief.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator starts out kind of slow but then grows on you and after awhile I couldn't wait to listen to his voice and southern drawl! The story spans 3 generations of small town police chiefs and how their experiences all relate. They characters are all very well developed and interesting. Woods does a great job of capturing the character and personality of a southern small town through the years. Highly recommended!

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    Anton B. Cipri 03-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Really good...Emotion Filled, Must Listen"

    I really loved this book. It will take you on an emotional ride from sadness to gladness and everything else in between.

    The narration is terrific. I don't think it could be any better.

    The only reason that I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5 was because there were a few parts that dragged on a bit too long. But I may be just looking for something too.

    Racial issues- I cannot imagine what it must have been like for blacks during this horrible time of total inequality. I wouldn't wish that treatment on my worst enemy. It's really hard to believe that anyone could feel this way toward a group of people based on any outward identifying characteristic.

    This was my first Stuart Woods. Going shopping right now for more!

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    William Lake Mary, FL, United States 03-07-13
    William Lake Mary, FL, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The triolgy of three chiefs is top nothch"
    Would you listen to Chiefs again? Why?

    I might, there may be points that I missed.


    What other book might you compare Chiefs to and why?

    Not certain


    What about Mark Hammer’s performance did you like?

    He does a great job in a non-invasive way , I never had to distracted by his dialects, tones or style.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The demise of the chiefs were moments of surprise.


    Any additional comments?

    It was just a good overall story, if I am disappointed to hear a book end I classify it as a good listen , I was sorry to hear this one end .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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