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
"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)
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
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.
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!)
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.
Finding out Tuckers Secret.
The prison mess hall with the New York reporter...awesome!
Every small town has its secrets, and will do anything to keep them.
Not sure how I found myself listening to this title, but I am ever so glad I did. highly, highly recommended!
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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.
Very good story line, long book but interesting enough to want to hear more. The narration was poor.
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