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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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    Ron 01-26-15
    Ron 01-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Masterful"

    I listen to many but review few. This is an extraordinary book. Compelling book evoking numerous emotions over 50 years

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    Carol Heggie Canada 01-24-15
    Carol Heggie Canada 01-24-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Sensational!"

    Bought this as the 3rd book in a 3 for 2 credits deal.
    Wow. It's the best story I've listened to in many a year.
    Great narrator, once I became used to his occasional breathlessness (age??) I actually found it worked to accentuate the telling!
    Highly recommend a listen as it's a great plot and resolution!

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    Lindalovesbooks 01-24-15

    I love to read and I love to listen to good books! Because I can listen while I walk, its great for both my health and the health of my dog Rubi.

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    "Wow.........just Wow"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Chiefs to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version but the audio was so powerful! It shocked, surprised and amazed me. Absolutely a keeper.


    What other book might you compare Chiefs to and why?

    I would compare it to Roots in that it stretches over generations and has the same ability to shock with the way people were treated. It reminds me of The Help in that we find that some people rose above that awful attitude to see others as they were not just at their colour.


    What does Mark Hammer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    That fabulous accent!! and I think the slow pace, while initially a bit hard to get used to, actually suited the book perfectly. He was brilliant.


    Any additional comments?

    More please.

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    DorothyWagner Kernersville, NC, United States 01-20-15
    DorothyWagner Kernersville, NC, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Honest Characterizations of the Old South"


    I grew up in a small southern town in the 50's, 60's and 70's. Woods accurately portrayed the times and the struggles of change with the tension of a mystery. The narrator captured the cadence of Southern speech wonderfully. I was transported to my childhood. Highly recommend it.

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    Susan WEST CHESTER, PA, United States 01-20-15
    Susan WEST CHESTER, PA, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Lousy"
    Would you try another book from Stuart Woods and/or Mark Hammer?

    Probably not


    Has Chiefs turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was just flat.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    It was a very boring book. Waste of my time.

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    mzpaul06 01-20-15
    mzpaul06 01-20-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Phenomenal!"

    Great performance of an outstanding book! I was anxious through most it. Loved the suspense and storyline. I wouldn't want to divulge any other details!

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    Tannith K. 01-19-15
    Tannith K. 01-19-15
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    "If theres a book that should be a movie this one is it"
    If you could sum up Chiefs in three words, what would they be?

    You know when that question is ask. you set and think, then you try to think of what words would work and mostly you can't not for a book like this so I have to say I don't know what three words would works not without using more then three. Not happen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chiefs?

    mmm that a really good questions I have to say when the deputy pull over the new chief will the fourth one and they fine out later the he was the new chief and he was a man of brown skin I really don't like the word BLACK.


    What about Mark Hammer’s performance did you like?

    I really like hearing him he knows how to make a book sound good and keep your interest in the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I movie to the South as a child from the north you don't know the culture change.


    Any additional comments?

    Now that I've said that this book should not be change or anything take out if it made into a movie.

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    Kathleen BOISE, ID, United States 01-19-15
    Kathleen BOISE, ID, United States 01-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story"

    This is a deeply engrossing story that spans the early 20th century ending shortly before JFK's assassination. It follows the tenures of three Police Chiefs in rural Georgia searching for a serial killer. Il loved
    every minute of the book. It was hard to quit listening. I highly recommend it.

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    Barry Deerfield, IL, United States 01-18-15
    Barry Deerfield, IL, United States 01-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Like fingernails on a chalkboard"

    The story of Chiefs is very interesting and entertaining. However this is the single worst recording I have ever purchased from audible. The editing is so bad that every time the narrator smacks his lips, licks his lips, gulps, or takes a drink of water it plays very loudly through my headphones. I would cringe every time it happened – and it happened often. Despite the fascinating plot, the production is so terrible that it took me a long, long time to get through it. I kept cringing every time he smacked his lips.

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    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 01-18-15
    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 01-18-15 Member Since 2011

    Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.

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    "Slow start but worth finishing"

    The book starts slow in a small southern town and there are times when I wonder how/if this book will get to the point. At first, I continued because of the reviews but as the story developed, I kept finding ways to listen to it.

    The author builds the characters in such a manner that their meaning and usefulness is seen later in the book.

    I grew up and lived in the north all my life but have traveled many times to the south and Woods paints a picture that many told me existed but I only experienced through the words of older people during the 60's. The racial tension along with the life of living in a small town are painted in such a manner that I felt as if I were living it with some of the main characters. There were times when I listened that my heart hurt since we have many friends of different races.

    Throughout the book many instances of poetic justice take place along with a few laughable moments.

    The narrator did a good job of telling the story almost in the manner of a grandfather telling the story to his grandchildren and their friends over a course of many visits.

    I recommend the book especially if you want something different than what is common in 2014-2015.

    I can understand why Woods won many awards with it and at first didn't understand/like the ending but then I noticed this is the first in a series.

    I recommend the book if interested in a good detective novel wrapped in history.

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