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Chiefs Audiobook

Chiefs

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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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    Suzanna Austin, TX, United States 08-23-13
    Suzanna Austin, TX, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2013

    I'm new to Audio-books and already hooked.

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    "Like this book very much..."

    ... I had been avoiding it for awhile, but was totally engrossed. Really liked the narrator.

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    George 08-16-13
    George 08-16-13
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    "Southern Comfort"

    Multigenerational 20th century story of a small town in Georgia. I was captivated from the first and couldn't wait for the next chapter. Told through the eyes of three police chiefs, it's the story of change in the south...with a dark side.

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    Janice Saint John, NB, Canada 08-16-13
    Janice Saint John, NB, Canada 08-16-13 Member Since 2016
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    "One of my all time favourites"

    This is the first Stuart Woods book that I've read but it won't be my last. Lots of action and suspense. I highly recommend this book.

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    Brian Roanoke, TX, United States 08-16-13
    Brian Roanoke, TX, United States 08-16-13

    Listening while I run.

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    "My favorite Stuart Woods - by far"

    This book is full of complex and interesting characters - good and bad. Great story - you can sense that Woods had a personal connection with this early work. This book was written in 1981 but it holds up. Credit worthy - yep!

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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
    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.

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    M. Ruppert 07-12-13
    M. Ruppert 07-12-13
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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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