The Edgar Award-winning mystery that launched the career of bestselling novelist Stuart Woods.
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.
Includes a new foreword by the author on the twenty-fifth anniversary of its publication.
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Excellent book on so many levels, one of the best books I have read in quite some time, and I read a great deal. Job well done, Mr. Woods!
Great story and read. This first Woods book is a five star page turner. No wonder it won the award.
Chiefs (25th Anniversary Edition)
Possibly the best of all Stuart Woods books I have read, I thought that I had read them all. I guess that I found the best from his earlier writings.
Keep on writing Mr. Woods I preorder your new books as fast as you can churn them out.