Baker & Taylor
When a teenaged boy is found dead, the chief of police in a small Georgia town in 1920 begins an obsessive hunt for the boy's tormentor, which leads him to two former chiefs of police, one a murderer and the other the concealer of a secret
The compelling thriller that launched the career of best-selling novelist Stuart Woods in an anniversary hardcover edition.
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.
A twenty-fifth anniversary edition of the best-selling thriller finds 1920s Georgia cotton farmer Will Henry Lee, his city's first chief of police, investigating the ritual murder of an unidentified teenager, a case that takes him through decades of Southern history. 10,000 first printing.
New York : W.W. Norton And Company, 1981
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