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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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    Tupelo Honey 01-07-15

    My mom taught me to read when i was 3 and i've been reading ever since. I LOVE to read and now 'listen' to books.

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    "SUPERB book"

    I LOVED this book! Hated to see it end. Narrator was excellent also. Great story though difficult to take at times because of the injustices.

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    Kimberly 12-30-14
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    "Excellent listen"

    I do remember the mini series. However books are so much more than the adaptation to screen. Great narration, awesome story line. Quite suspenseful.

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    Amazon Customer Rockford, MI 10-19-14
    Amazon Customer Rockford, MI 10-19-14 Member Since 2017

    Amy Life long avid reader, especially of poetry, literary and popular fiction, historical fiction, mystery/suspense, and some non-fiction.

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    "Sinister Happenings in Small Town Georgia"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Chiefs to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version so I can't compare, but Mark Hammer is an excellent narrator. The dialogue, the descriptions of small town Georgia, the depth of racism in the 1920s and the upheaval of integration moving into the 1960s were vividly portrayed through the audio version.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept my interest and there were many moments where it kept me on the edge of my seat, mostly because it was told in stages. This is about three police chiefs in a small town in Georgia who gain information about missing boys who have traveled through the area.. Beginning in the 1920s and continuing into the 1960s, each of these chiefs gains information about a predator, but his capture is a long time coming. This momentum toward resolution drives the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The climax of the story towards which this novel had been building.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The victimization of the young boys.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is #1 in the Will Lee series and I liked it a lot. I chose to read it after seeing several positive Audible reviews. If I had not read those reviews, I probably would not have chosen this book, because I am not a fan of Stuart Woods "Stone Barrington" series.

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    "One of Stuart Wood's earliest and best"
    If you could sum up Chiefs in three words, what would they be?

    Suspenseful and painful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There were too many to highlight any particular one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Again, there were too many to highlight any particular one.


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

    I remembered fondly the television mini-series several decades ago and wanted to know what had been left out. The story is a good if painful history lesson about race relations in smaller, more rural areas of the deep South and not-so-deep as the present example of Ferguson, Missouri shows.


    Any additional comments?

    Very well worth a listen. Mark Hammer is the perfect narrator with a wide range of voices and style perfectly suited to the slower pace and accents of a Southern tale.

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    eva Shavano Park, TX, United States 08-19-14
    eva Shavano Park, TX, United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story that spans time."

    So entertaining to see this story evolve through so many years, and watch some characters develop and get old, as others are shown through their offspring. The rawness of racial problems, as they get better through the years, but still are extremely evident was insightful. When certain characters died, I truly missed them, and felt comfort in following their children. Great book and very entertaining narration.

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    Trish Virginia 08-04-14
    Trish Virginia 08-04-14 Member Since 2010

    I have always loved to read, and now I really enjoy listening to my books as well!!

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    "An Interesting Saga!!"

    Once again, I must give credit to wonderful people who write reviews--otherwise, this book never would have come across my radar!

    I read a review by a listener that I follow, and saw that this book had an excellent overall rating, plus the rave review I was currently reading. I put it on my Wish List. When I got around to listening to it, I was very glad I did. Chiefs is a very interesting novel spanning over 40 years, and starts with the first Chief of Police appointed in a small Georgia town. A recurring mystery flows through the stories of three of the early chiefs--one of the ways the stories tie together.

    This book was very well written, and truly held my interest throughout. The narrator was not my favorite--but that was my only very small issue with an otherwise very entertaining listen.

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    Cindy Messmore Wooster, OH United States 08-02-14
    Cindy Messmore Wooster, OH United States 08-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Description is misleading IMO"
    What disappointed you about Chiefs?

    The story was not what I expected from the description. It doesn't really seem to be a "mystery", its more about the race issues of the South. This is not what I was looking for in a mystery book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unsure


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None. I didn't finish the book. I am going to return it.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I could hear.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm hoping to return this purchase.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Inez 07-09-14
    Inez 07-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Chiefs is the beginning of a Great Series"
    What did you love best about Chiefs?

    Having recently been introduced to the Stuart Woods characters, it was great to learn where
    and how one character (Will Lee) came into existence.


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    PAR-TEE 06-17-14
    PAR-TEE 06-17-14 Member Since 2017

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    "A hot summer Georgia day..."

    This novel exudes the personality of a small southern Georgia town on a slow, hot, humid, August day. The narrator is fantastic in his portrayal of the characters and adds to the feeling of being a part of this southern town. Characters are interesting and the author did a great job in developing each one. This is just a great "yarn" that made for an enjoyable experience. I enjoyed the book and recommend it if you are not looking for Jack Reacher exploits. It is a Georgia Peach that goes well with a mint julep...

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    stephen 06-09-14
    stephen 06-09-14
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    "Perfection!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Since listening, I have been recommending to everyone I can. It was like the movie Places in the Heart meets Mississippi Burning, meets Silence of the Lambs (set in the 1930's).


    What other book might you compare Chiefs to and why?

    Hard to compare. Don't recall ever encountering any other book wherein the powerful undercurrent of southern racism evoked a building rage in the listener, while at the same time the compelling mystery kept growing at every turn. I was deeply touched by the reminder of the afflictions endured in the pre-civil rights South, I was tremendously angered by the injustice of that era, and I was all at the same time gripped by the suspense of murder/mystery plot that spanned the lives of 3 police chiefs of this southern community.


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

    Mark Hammer is the story! One of the all time great performances, period. His southern tone, his pace, his inflections, his pondering pauses...Honestly, he made the story and the setting completely come alive. I could taste the dust, the beatings, the suspense...everything!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was definitely a page turner with a poetic pace. The seemingly innocuous mustard seed of this small community in the South just kept growing and growing and growing...


    Any additional comments?

    You will not be disappointed.

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