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

Police Procedurals

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 youngster. there's no direct proof 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 in the course of the a long time, following the lifetime of a small southern city and the position 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 outside of a possible placid group, seething with the pressures of race, love, hate, and; continually; political energy, extending from the city fathers the entire method to Washington, DC. With a brand new foreword by way of the writer, this quantity may be a collector's treasure for all fanatics of Stuart Woods.

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Abruptly, he broke through onto a road, hesitated, decided against it, and threw himself across the open area into the brush on the other side. He was momentarily in thick, thorny blackberry bushes, then found hinelf on a narrow path. He was Falling now sucking in air with a loud, rasping noise, his muscles aching, legs wobbling. He heard the man fighting through the blackberry bushes, cursing, and he flung himself forward with his remaining strength. He knew he would rather run until he died than go back to that house.

He smiled at the boy, and the boy smiled back. Booc ors: Will Henry Lee 9 WILL HENRY left the louse after his midday meal and walked up the hill to Broad Street. He turned left and started toward the corner where Broad met Main Street, where the bank was. He had to pass a number of stores on the way, and he was nervous about it. He knew that word of the arrest that morning would surely have got around by this time; he began to wish the incident had never happened. As he approached the hardware store, he saw Ralph Mc-Kibbon, the owner, standing out front talking to a rrm.

The banker's brain was in high gear now. But Holmes's morning was just Ieginning. When he opened his office door to show" out Will Hj. my, he found someone else waiting to see him. Francis Funderburke, better known in Delano and Meriwether County as Foxy, because of an uncommon resemblance to that animal, stood waiting at a not-too-loose parade rest. The stubby, wiry little man, dressed in stiffly starched and tightly tailored khaki, with trousers tucked into lumberjack boot tops and a flat-brimmed, pointy-peaked army campaign hat raked at a regimental angle over his bright, dose-set eyes, looked for all the world like a demented forest ranger or an ancient Boy Scout.

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