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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,806 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stuart Woods Narrator: Mark Hammer Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781440781070
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Over forty years ago, Stuart 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. This novel won an Edgar Award and was made into a popular TV miniseries. Now you can enjoy this thrilling book on audio.

In a novel that spans fifty years of racial tension, politics, and murder in the small Southern town of Delano, Georgia, a depraved killer claims his innocent victims even as three very different generations of policemen seek to stop him.

For the people of Delano, 1920 was a landmark year. That winter they elected their first police chief, built the first jail … and discovered the first body—the naked, brutalized corpse of a young boy. So began a forty-year manhunt that would embroil three generations of small-town police chiefs in the dark, twisted secrets of their sleepy, God-fearing community—and expose a seamy underbelly of hatred, corruption, and perversion too terrible to imagine … and too virulent to ignore.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Wonderful…Stuart Woods has written a classic!”

    Pat Conroy

  • Chiefs is a fascinating, compelling tale…Woods accurately draws characters and puts into historical perspective events and emotions as current as the morning newspaper.”

    New York Times

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/7/2014

    " Top of list - great book. Generations of southern families and their connections. Corruption, family and even murder "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott Sherman | 2/5/2014

    " A supreme example of storytelling the way it should be, unfolding in layers with bits of intrigue, twists and turns that hold you all the way through to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 1/30/2014

    " This is my favorite Stuart Woods series. I'm always waiting for the next about Will Lee "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 1/30/2014

    " WOW What a great book. I checked my library and I have more in this series :). Can't wait to see where the story goes next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annica | 1/23/2014

    " Chilling story. Page turner with a good plot keeping the reader captured till the end..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 1/22/2014

    " Excellent. This is the second time I have read this book. The story follows a seriel killer through three generations of Police Chiefs. Stuart Woods first book and one of his best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy Poke | 1/14/2014

    " good story full of suspense! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin Christmas | 1/10/2014

    " Not a fan of historical fiction no matter the topic.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ladyjexie | 1/10/2014

    " Excellent police and family saga. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tessa Eger | 12/12/2013

    " Too much sex for me, including violent. Didn't get involved with characters--some I really disliked, no one I loved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 karen otto | 11/15/2013

    " One of my favorite multi-generational sagas. So different than much of what he writes today.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 9/30/2013

    " Ok Mystery. More about segregation and small town politics "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Librarian | 9/19/2013

    " This is where at all began, in Delano. As the police chiefs come and go, they all notice a pattern of crimes. The culprit stays just out of reach. Foxy has his name for a reason. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Ford | 9/5/2013

    " Stuart Woods best!!! I saw the mini-series when it first came out and loved it.......before I knew of the book. When I want to re-read a Stuart Woods book.....it's one of the three go-to books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 7/28/2013

    " Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 6/20/2013

    " great if you're taking a flight...simple and easy, quick read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kenny McGinnis | 6/12/2013

    " 4-1/2 stars, but I'll round up. I really liked the setting of the novel - the historical aspects of Georgia from the 1920s to 1960s. I believe Chiefs was a mini series back in the day, and its one I will have to look up online. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pete | 10/11/2012

    " Woods creates a great collection of characters...The Lees of Delano continue in several good books after this... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 I ♥ Bookie Nookie | 8/18/2012

    " this is one of my all time favorite books. great mystery--i recommend it all the time. i never read books twice but recently i have thought about re-reading it because i read it in high school (a couple of years ago hee...hee...) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne V | 8/18/2012

    " A re-read of perhaps Wood's best book. Wish we could see the mini-series again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arlene | 4/4/2012

    " I was drawn into the mystery and the tragedy of the search for the killer. The story takes place over several decades. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 2/9/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. I remember seeing the movie as a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer Lange | 11/16/2011

    " A good book. I'm not one for 'retro' time periods, but the story was very interesting and more about the people than the time period. A nice change of pace from Woods' other work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 10/10/2011

    " This book is a different path for Stuart Woods. I believe it is his first novel and really a good tale over generations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Zimmer | 9/23/2011

    " Another one of Stuart Woods' early novels. Can be read before or after Run to the Wind, but they definitely go together. An excellent read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 SueAnn | 8/30/2011

    " I was listening to the audio version. There are 15 CDs, I left off on the 12th CD as it would not play. Hopefully I will finish it sometime in the future "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 6/26/2011

    " Just LOVE a novel that mixes in a fictional story with historical facts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenda | 5/25/2011

    " I have read all of Stuart Woods books and this is one of my favorites. It is a story of the Deep South that mixes murder mystery
    and race with political intrigue. Mr. Woods makes you keep the pages turning. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charla | 5/2/2011

    " this is my favorite book, greatest book i ever read, now on to the sequels to see if they are worthy of the same praise "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Annie | 4/21/2011

    " not his best BUT different from his other books give it a chance laura i think you would like it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 4/16/2011

    " Good book to get lost in on a rainy afternoon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geni | 3/22/2011

    " Stuart Woods's first novel. Well-written crime novel. Dates from early 80s, and still a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 3/19/2011

    " Excellent. This is the second time I have read this book. The story follows a seriel killer through three generations of Police Chiefs. Stuart Woods first book and one of his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/13/2011

    " It was pretty goood and seemed like it was a little long. But overall, I enjoyed the plotline of the developing a stable police department and finding the right person to do the job. It was also nice that it was generational tale and displayed a lot of regionalism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 1/4/2011

    " This one is my least favorite series by him, it was good but not great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 12/19/2010

    " Not a fan of historical fiction no matter the topic.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary | 7/23/2010

    " A terrific crime story with agreat backdrop of history and the way things change in a small Southern town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 5/12/2010

    " For years I've resisted Stuart Woods. I've always considered him more of a "man's" author and just didn't think I'd enjoy his books. I started "Chiefs" on Wednesday and stayed up verrryyy late on Thursday finishing it. Now I'm hooked! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marianne | 5/10/2010

    " Very good book! I couldn't put it down.
    Woods has wide range of talent. Winds the plot through years of circumstances, portrays racial cruelty, prejudice and just plain stupidity in a small Georgian town. But balances this with compassion of a few southerners. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 5/9/2010

    " I like Wiil Lee's character. He's a break from Stone. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 5/8/2010

    " Oh My! What a fabulous book this was. My husband read it, then both of my in-laws read it. We all loved it. I will look for more Will Lee books by Mr. Woods. "

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About the Author
Author Stuart Woods

Stuart Woods is a New York Times bestselling author. His first novel, Chiefs, the first of the Will Lee novels, won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel and was made into a television miniseries starring Charlton Heston. His other works include the Stone Barrington novels, the Holly Barker novels, the Ed Eagle novels, and a number of standalone works. He has had more than thirty straight New York Times bestsellers on the hardcover list. He was born in Manchester, Georgia, and earned his BA in sociology at the University of Georgia. Aside from being an accomplished novelist, he is also an avid sailor and has sailed in many prestigious races, including the Observer Single-Handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR) and the Fastnet Race. He wrote an account of his OSTAR race experiences in a memoir called Blue Water, Green Skipper, which was published in 1977.

About the Narrator

Mark Hammer has had long and distinguished career in the theater. After earning an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, he completed an MFA degree at Catholic University. For twenty-three years after that, he served on the drama faculty at that university and as co-chairman of its MFA acting program. For the last sixteen of those years, he was also a member of the resident acting company at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage. There, he had significant roles in both classic and contemporary dramas. He was twice nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for his performances in Cloud Nine and The Wild Duck. He has also appeared in several Broadway plays. Hammer was proud to be chosen to narrate the opening film of the permanent exhibit for the National Holocaust Museum.