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Chiefs: A Novel (25th Anniversary Edition) (Will Lee Novels) [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Woods
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The compelling thriller that launched the career of best-selling novelist Stuart Woods in an anniversary hardcover edition.

In the bitter winter of 1920, the first body is found in Delano, Georgia; the naked corpse of an unidentified teenager. There is no direct evidence of murder, but the body bears marks of what seems to be a ritual beating. The investigation falls to Will Henry Lee, a failed cotton farmer newly appointed as Delano's first chief of police. Lee's obsession with the crime begins a story that weaves through the decades, following the life of a small southern town and the role of three police chiefs in unraveling the crime. Chiefs is the best kind of thriller, where the investigation plays out against the drama beneath the surface of a seemingly placid community, seething with the pressures of race, love, hate, and; always; political power, extending from the town fathers all the way to Washington, DC. With a new foreword by the author, this volume will be a collector's treasure for all fans of Stuart Woods.

About the Author

Stuart Woods is the author of fifty novels, including the New York Times���bestselling Stone Barrington and Holly Barker series. He is a native of Georgia and began his writing career in the advertising industry. Chiefs, his debut in 1981, won the Edgar Award. An avid sailor and pilot, Woods lives in New York City, Florida, and Maine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 824 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 25th Anniversary Edition edition (Jan. 23 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070ZCA9C
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars very intriguing...but a bit too slow June 16 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the second book by Stuart Woods that I've read. The first being Orchid Beach which was paced like lightning. This one was a bit slower.
It reminded me of a Ken Follett book in that it spans over the course of many years, decades even, intermingling a central location and all the characters who populated that location over the years.
I thought the dialogue was a bit on the dry side. Everyone had their own voice and I got the feeling from the style Woods used that people were indeed southern, but there wasn't that much personality to the characters. In other words, I didn't get that much feeling of emotion from their words as I do other books.
The book is only about 427 pages long but it seemed like it was alot longer than that.
I liked the theme overall..I found the premise of the story very interesting. But the pacing and the lack of focus or time spent on the 'main event' of the book (the common theme that drives the whole story and its characters through the years) kind of killed it for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great History/ Mystery Novel May 20 2004
Chiefs is a great introduction to the Stuart Woods' novels. After I read Chiefs, I have been hooked on all his books. You have to read Chiefs to get the history of the characters that you will met in all his other novels. The opening chapters gets you interested in the mystery, but overall you care about the people. This is the first book I recommend to anyone interested in a good story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Woods right up there with Cather May 17 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a Broadcast Journalist in Portland, Maine. I am primarily a storyteller and frequently write stories about my childhood in Somersworth, New Hampshire on a web site devoted to that City. I also maintain a website where I tell Franco-American stories. My favorite writer until I saw the Made for TV movie "Chief's" in 1983 had been Willa Cather (Pioneer, My Antonia etc.) Now Stuart Woods joins her. My co-workers will tell you I can recite from memory the entire "Chief's" screenplay...almost. Patiently waiting for it to come out on DVD I delight in the paperback while waiting for that big day. I select chapters at random and enjoy the extra detail cut from the movie. I always wondered how Foxy Funderburke lived with no visible means of support. It's all in the book. Writer Stephen King, though a magnificent benevolent person, sometimes reveals his social awkwardness in his writing..(Kingdom Hospital is a good example)..Stuart woods reveals his social savvy. Billy Lee's proposal to his British War bride epitomizes what I mean. If all these characters lived for real...they would walk and talk as scripted by Woods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous May 15 2004
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This is the story of a succession of police chiefs in Delano, Georgia, a small town. It reminds me of a James Michener novel in that the main characters change as time progresses, but the story continues on in the same locale. This novel is also the story of race relations in rural Georgia from the 1920s to the 1960s.
The characters are very good - there's a wide variety of characters here. One of the sherrifs is especially vile, but you root for him as he is tracking down a serial killer that stalks, rapes and kills young men over the course of 40 years.
Stuart Woods is sort of a hack nowadays, writing formulaic detective thrillers, but this is undoubtedly the best of his that I've read. Here is the highest praise I can give it - this book is a book that I wish I had written - it has heart, danger, loyalty and a host of other qualities that make it great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic epic Dec 23 2003
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This is a novel that I have been wanting to read for quite sometime, and it was well worth the wait. Stuart Woods has managed to incorporate a history lesson about civil rights with a fantastic mystery. Woods develops Will Henry and Billy Lee's characters remarkably well, and ties father and son together in the history of the town of Delano. This novel also shows just how delicate racial tensions were in the south.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Book! Dec 12 2003
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This was a well written book thar made an excellent movie as well.You have the history of three police chiefs in the state of Georgia that covers a 45 year period.You also have a long time mystery of missing young boys.This is a mystery passed on over the ages from chief to chief.It remains a huge mystery as to who is behind the dissapearance of the young boys.The true identity
of the kidnapper-killer is shocking. The cultural and racial differences in the community are well covered in this book.If you
read this book you will become a Stuart Woods fan. The movie is excellent as well.
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Essentially, this novel is about three generations of police chiefs in Delano, Georgia, who attempt to solve the mystery behind the disappearance of several young men, and capture the elusive serial killer who victimizes them.
However, Edgar Award-winning novelist Stuart Woods has written not only a riveting mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat, compulsively turning pages, he has described the history and culture of a small Georgia town from 1919 through the 1960s, and created such a realistic a populace that, at times, it is difficult to believe this is a work of fiction. Woods' characters are well defined and complex. There are many good moral people who live in Delano, but there are also the corrupt and perverse, those who have many secrets to hide. The story of the town's growth, as well as that of its inhabitants, over the years is absolutely fascinating, as are the details and intrigues of Georgia's state politics. And the history of the tense race relations during the entire period recalls a time of gross injustice that most of us would like to forget.
This is one of the best mysteries I have read in a long, long time, and, to my mind, Stuart Woods' best novel.
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2.0 out of 5 stars so-so
This was a decent read. I think the plot was a bit scattered and the dialogue shift between some of the characters was over used and cliché, but for the most part the book... Read more
Published on June 27 2003 by Todd E.Waters
2.0 out of 5 stars so-so
This was a decent read. I think the plot was a bit scattered and the dialogue shift between some of the characters was over used and cliché, but for the most part the book... Read more
Published on June 27 2003 by Todd E.Waters
1.0 out of 5 stars Very good reading
Stuart Woods is great again. I thought it was one of his more current books, only to find it was written some time ago. I must say I enjoyed the book very much. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2003 by Asa Beach
5.0 out of 5 stars A good crime novel plus a lot more
"Chiefs" is the story of three police chiefs in a small Georgia town: one was the town's very first Chief of Police in the 1920's, the second in the 1940's, and the third... Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2002 by Stan Vernooy
5.0 out of 5 stars True to life!
The audiobook of this award-winning novel is superbly read by Mark Hammer. While his manner is slower than most narrators, it lends to the story, by making a listener impatient, as... Read more
Published on July 18 2002 by scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This was without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read. It is more a combination of history and mystery. Very interesting story along with some interesting charactors. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2001 by Robert B. Ressler
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