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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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    Donna Centerview, MO, United States 12-31-07
    Donna Centerview, MO, United States 12-31-07
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    "Great Read"

    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
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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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    Ryan Bee Toronto 05-16-13
    Ryan Bee Toronto 05-16-13

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    "I adored the narrator."
    Would you listen to Chiefs again? Why?

    Do you remember the film PRINCESS BRIDE? It was as if I was sick in bed, and my grandfather was sitting next to me, telling me a riveting tale.

    The plot, while slow at first, takes its time to grab you, then I just couldn't stop.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chiefs?

    Finding out Tuckers Secret.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The prison mess hall with the New York reporter...awesome!


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

    Every small town has its secrets, and will do anything to keep them.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure how I found myself listening to this title, but I am ever so glad I did. highly, highly recommended!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 05-08-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 05-08-13 Member Since 2010

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "I suffered through this novel"

    I still do not know why I listened to this novel to the end. I would consider this novel my worst listen. Do not give credence to the reviews. And to think this is the first novel in a series. It's painful for me to look at the cover, bad memories come alive.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michael Magnolia, TX, United States 04-25-13
    michael Magnolia, TX, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good story, poor narration"

    Very good story line, long book but interesting enough to want to hear more. The narration was poor.

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    Nick Bloomington, WI, United States 09-18-09
    Nick Bloomington, WI, United States 09-18-09

    Retired Marine combat officer now enjoying life in Southwestern Wisconsin. With my wife, Crystal, we own and operate a portrait studio, True Lives Studio, in Bloomington, WI

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    "Content maybe but the worst narration"

    I tried. I really tried. In the evening, in the morning and while driving...the story seems to be a good one but the narration is downright awful...I'll try this one from the library...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Pelham, Thailand 08-05-09
    Neil Pelham, Thailand 08-05-09
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    "Excellent"

    Excellent all round---try it!

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    Demetra Orofino, ID, United States 11-18-08
    Demetra Orofino, ID, United States 11-18-08 Member Since 2006
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    "very long book"

    This is a very long story but good. Kept me interested the whole time.

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