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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Measured, thought, and southern.
This was a great listen.
I could hardly put it down!
Mark Hammer's delivery was a little slow at times but his voice seem to fit the story.
This is the best Stuart Woods I've read. I didn't know he had the depth that was required to tell this story.
The Narrator is very good. He moves through the story at a pace which is easy to follow. His characterizations are spot on.
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.
Mark Hammer brings this story to life in a way I would not have experienced if I had only read the book.
Too Late....The mini series (circa 1980) is the reason I wanted to read/listen to this book.
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.
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.
The scene when Tucker gets arrested for speeding before they know he is the new police chief.
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!
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!
I might, there may be points that I missed.
He does a great job in a non-invasive way , I never had to distracted by his dialects, tones or style.
The demise of the chiefs were moments of surprise.
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 .
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