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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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    Barbara C Houston Durham, NC United States 02-02-10
    Barbara C Houston Durham, NC United States 02-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Southern Sounds"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maurice Hoffman Estates, IL, USA 04-24-09
    Maurice Hoffman Estates, IL, USA 04-24-09 Member Since 2000
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    "Mark Hammer Held My Attention Throughout."

    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.

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    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 02-15-09
    MEMcL Carlsbad, CA 02-15-09 Member Since 2003
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    "A good read"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 01-11-09
    ellen abingdon, VA, United States 01-11-09 Member Since 2007
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    "chiefs"

    a terrific book, recommend it highly, looking for others by the author, wish they would put this on dvd, narrator terrific also

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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    "Excellent"

    This book would get 10 stars if allowed!!

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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

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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.

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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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    "just great"

    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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    "Great Read"

    An interesting story ... well told.

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