Chiefs, Book 1

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2006 - Fiction - 427 pages
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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.
  

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Review: Chiefs (Will Lee #1)

User Review  - Rob Peters - Goodreads

This novel about a small southern town navigating the changing times from 1920 to 1963 is a fantastic read. It explores the racial tensions and political climate of small town America across decades ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rosa Cline - Goodreads

My husband had me watch the mini series (that was very hard to find) and I loved watching it. Then he read this book and recommended that I, too, read it. Although it's a much different type of book I ... Read full review

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Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia on January 9, 1938. He received a BA in sociology from the University of Georgia in 1959. He worked in the advertising business and eventually wrote two non-fiction books: Blue Water, Green Skipper and A Romantic's Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland. His first novel, Chiefs, was published in March 1981. It won an Edgar Award and was made into a TV miniseries starring Charlton Heston. His other works include the Stone Barrington series, the Holly Barker series, the Will Lee series, the Ed Eagle series, and the Rick Barron series. He won France's Prix de Literature Policiere for Imperfect Strangers. Currently, two of his novels, Under the Lake and White Cargo are under development as feature films. In 2014, his titles Standup Guy and Carnal Curiosity made The New York Times Best Seller List.

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