Chiefs: A Novel (25th Anniversary Edition) by Stuart Woods

By Stuart Woods

The compelling mystery that introduced the profession of best-selling novelist Stuart Woods in an anniversary hardcover edition.

within the sour iciness of 1920, the 1st physique is located in Delano, Georgia; the bare corpse of an unidentified teen. there is not any direct facts of homicide, however the physique bears marks of what appears a ritual beating. The research falls to Will Henry Lee, a failed cotton farmer newly appointed as Delano's first leader of police. Lee's obsession with the crime starts a narrative that weaves during the many years, following the lifetime of a small southern city and the function of 3 police chiefs in unraveling the crime. Chiefs is the simplest form of mystery, the place the research performs out opposed to the drama underneath the skin of a doubtless placid neighborhood, seething with the pressures of race, love, hate, and; regularly; political energy, extending from town fathers the entire solution to Washington, DC. With a brand new foreword by way of the writer, this quantity should be a collector's treasure for all lovers of Stuart Woods.

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Well, that means you're going to have to hire a civilian. " Foxy had served briefly in France as a second lieutenant in the supply corps. He had been sent home when a wagon had overturned, landing on his foot. The injury had got him a medical discharge. In Foxy's mind, and in his telling, the iniury was a combat wound. Holmes began to marshal his faculties once more. " "I've been trained. " "Well, now, Foxy, a Delano chief of police isn't going to have any men to lead. " "It'll grow. " "Discipline," Holmes repeated tonelessly.

He had given her no clear definition of his job. He would be, he had said, "working for the city," and he was vague about what the work entafied. She had accepted that, at least for the moment. He was not looking forward to telling her the whole of it. Will Henry retreated into him sel as he drove. He tapped out a rhythm on the steering wheel and sang absently to himself. "Bringing in the Sheaves, Brining in the Sheaves. We shall come, rejoicing, Bringing in the Sheaves .... " He felt the way some men feel when they leave the army; the way some men feel when they have paid their debt; the way any man feels when he is free.

That won't last long, though. " "Well, Skeeter," said Will Henry, "I guess we better get our money's worth out of you while we can. " "That's exactly what I'm going to do, boy, after I give you the benefit of my experience. " He pOinted to-the rear of the new building. "Hugh, I'd make the jail just as deep as the firehouse, but maybe not as wide. Will Henry don't have. to get a fire engine in it. I'd put four cells back there at the back, about eight by eight apiece. That may sound like a lot, but the first rowdy Saturday night you have you'll wish you had more.

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