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Chiefs Mass Market Paperback – April 6, 1999
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Praise for Chiefs
“A fascinating, compelling tale.”—The New York Times
“A riveting story of the deep south that mixes murder mystery with political intrigue.”—Publishers Weekly
“Excellent.”—Roanoke Times & World News
More Praise for Stuart Woods
“Stuart Woods is a no-nonsense, slam-bang storyteller.”—Chicago Tribune
“A world-class mystery writer...I try to put Woods’s books down and I can’t.”—Houston Chronicle
“Mr. Woods, like his characters, has an appealing way of making things nice and clear.”—The New York Times
“Woods certainly knows how to keep the pages turning.”—Booklist
“Since 1981, readers have not been able to get their fill of Stuart Woods’ New York Times bestselling novels of suspense.”—Orlando Sentinel --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia, a small town in the American South. He was educated in the local schools and at the University of Georgia, where he graduated with a BA degree in 1959. He served in the United States Air Force, in which he says he "...flew a truck," as an enlisted man during the Berlin Wall crisis of 1961-62.
He devoted his early adult years to a career in advertising , as an award-winning writer for agencies in New York and London. It was while living in London in 1973 that he decided to pursue an ambition held since childhood, to write fiction. he moved to a flat in the stable yard of a castle in south County Galway, Ireland, and while working two days a week for a Dublin ad agency to support himself, began work on a novel. Shortly after beginning, he discovered sailing and , as he puts it, "Everything went to hell." The novel was put temporarily aside while he spent all his time, "...racing an eleven foot plywood dinghy against small children, losing regularly."
In the autumn of 1974, a friend invited him to help ferry a small yacht up the west coast of Ireland, and the bug bit even harder. Shortly thereafter, his grandfather died, leaving him "...just enough money to get into debt for a boat," and he immediately decided to go to the 1976 Observer Single-handed Transatlantic Race (OSTAR). He moved to a gamekeeper's cottage on a river above Cork Harbour and had a boat built at a nearby boatyard. He studied navigation and sailed on other people's boats every chance he got, then, after completing a 1300-mile qualifying voyage from the Azores to Ireland, he persuaded the Race Committee to accept him as an Irish entry.
He completed the race in good form, taking forty-five days, and in 1977 his memoir of the Irish period, Blue Water, Green Skipper was published in London and New York. While sporadically working on the novel, he completed another book, A Romantic's Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland, published in 1979.
Chiefs, Woods' long-awaited novel, was published in 1981 to wide critical and popular acclaim, garnering excellent reviews and winning the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Chiefs was filmed for television as a six-hour drama starring Charlton Heston. Following his success with that novel, Woods published a string of fiction that established him as one of the most popular writers in the world.
Orchid Beach is Stuart Woods' eighteenth novel. His previous books, Run Before the Wind (1983), Deep Lie (1986), Under the Lake (1987), White Cargo (1988), Grass Roots (1989), Palindrome and New York Dead (1989), Santa Fe Rules (1991), L.A. Times (1992), Dead Eyes (1993), Heat (1994), Imperfect Strangers and Choke (1995), Dirt (1996), Dead in the Water (1997) and Swimming to Catalina (1998) have been translated into Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Serbo-Croatian, Czech, Japanese, and Hebrew and there are millions of copies of his books in print around the world. Several of Stuart Woods' novels have been optioned for feature films and television movies.
Stuart Woods lives on the the Treasure Coast of Florida and Litchfield County, Connectict. He still flies his own plane, and sails.
Top customer reviews
I have read, or listened to, almost every novel Stuart Woods has written, and I like many aspects of his literary art. He is contractually obligated to turn out three novels a year currently, and he is beginning to "partner up" with another fine writer, Parnell Hall, in order to (I presume) keep the inspiration and flow going. And it is well worth it: Woods has created a wonderful family of disparate characters, most of whom have their own limited series of novels, but still interact with each other in the various series, and particularly with Stone Barrington, his major character with the longest series of books.
"Chiefs" is the novel with which Woods initiated all his interlocking series over the decades. It's the story of the Lee family in Georgia, starting with the grandfather of Will Lee, the protagonist who, later in his own series, becomes President of the United States. Whereas all of Woods' later novels move right along, with fast action, interesting character interactions and many cliffhangers, this first novel is the foundation upon which the whole structure rests. Woods has also said that it was his favorite novel to write, partly because it was inspired by a family heirloom from his grandmother. The book therefore reads like an intergenerational family drama as much as a thriller, and its moderate pacing and greater length support this. It seems that Woods gave equal emphasis to the polished details of the writing and to the large arc of the narrative. No surprise, it won an Edgar award, and inspired a television series.