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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Chiefs by Stuart Woods

Chiefs is the debut novel of Stuart Woods. Woods is quite prolific and has gone on to write more than 30 novels. It 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 sheriffs 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 has settled in to writing formulaic detective thrillers, like the Stone Barrington novels, but this is undoubtedly the best of his books that I have 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.

I rate this book 5 stars out of a possible 5.

This book can be found on Amazon.com here: Chiefs by Stuart Woods.

Reviewed May 15, 2004.

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