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by R.Wright Campbell
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  • Author:
    R.Wright Campbell
  • ISBN:
    0340602899
  • ISBN13:
    978-0340602898
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  • Publisher:
    Hodder & Stoughton Ltd (April 21, 1994)
  • Pages:
    272 pages
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    Contemporary
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Sauce for the Goose book. Campbell's Jimmy Flannery mysteries are altogether unlike anything else in the mystery genre, or at least unlike the classic 1950's private eye working out of a small office waiting for the next voluptuous blonde or redhead to sashay in and spin his head. Fact is Flannery is not even a private eye. He's a sewer inspector and ward leader for the 27th ward in old machine run Chicago.

Campbell's Jimmy Flannery mysteries are altogether unlike anything else in the mystery genre, or at least unlike the classic 1950's private eye working out of a small office waiting for the next voluptuous blonde or redhead to sashay in and spin his head. Flannery's got a cat's curiousity and a cat's nine lives as well. Leroy Brown may have been meaner than a junkyard dog but no one is as relentless as Flannery not even a junkyard dog.

You can’t help liking Jimmy Flannery. This truly innovative private-eye character moves credibly through a brawling, tough-guy atmosphere in a plot that’s both twisty and witty. Written in an appealing argot, this mystery has full characters, a satisfying ending and a nice balance of hardboiled action and romantic tenderness. Winner of The EDGAR AWARD.

I hadn't seen a Jimmy Flannery mystery for over 15 years. I guess I got busy and missed the last three of the series. I am 3/4 of the way through Sauce for the Goose, and it is totally entertaining, like all the other Flannery mystery stories

I hadn't seen a Jimmy Flannery mystery for over 15 years. I am 3/4 of the way through Sauce for the Goose, and it is totally entertaining, like all the other Flannery mystery stories. If you want to get everything out of it, then you have to slow down and just read the Flannery Chicago dialect to completely enjoy it; but Jimmmy is one of the most likeable "detectives" (actually a sewer inspector and, self-proclaimed "busybody")out there. Campbell nails the Flannery formula perfectly in this story

Jimmy Campbell (4 January 1944 – 12 February 2007) was an English musician and songwriter from Liverpool, England. He was a member of Merseybeat groups The Kirkbys, The 23rd Turnoff, and Rockin' Horse, as well as releasing three solo albums

Jimmy Campbell (4 January 1944 – 12 February 2007) was an English musician and songwriter from Liverpool, England. He was a member of Merseybeat groups The Kirkbys, The 23rd Turnoff, and Rockin' Horse, as well as releasing three solo albums. Campbell started in music at school, forming the band The Panthers. They supported The Beatles in January 1962.

Sauce for the Goose is a Jimmy Flannery Mystery by Robert Campbell. Campbell became an architect in 1975, as a consultant for the improvement of cultural institutions, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Jimmy Flannery is a regular guy, not a private detective or a police officer. He's got a good job, working for the city (that would. He has been an urban design consultant to cities and is an advisor to the Mayors' Institute on City Design, which he helped found. In 1997 he was ce at the American Academy in Rome.

Not that Jimmy Flannery is one to judge. What's this idealistic sewer inspector, Chicago ward chief, and new father doing at night school anyway?He's getting an education in the finer points of the Chicago machine, where politics, patronage, and organized crime shake hands. Jimmy - a decent guy in a dishonest world - is familiar with his town's mangled grammar, its dirty contract deals, and the strange disappearances of those who become a liability. But night school is fast becoming a crash course in crime.

Download Now. saveSave Summary Sauce for the Goose For Later. On the other hand, Olivia was trapped in the same place when she went to the cellar to set her alibi for the police

Download Now. Summary Sauce for the Goose. On the other hand, Olivia was trapped in the same place when she went to the cellar to set her alibi for the police. Loren Amory (Olivias husband) Loren was a rich stockbroker and a naive man. Physically, he is not attractive.


anneli
Jimmy Flannery just grew on me. Great reads with well developed plots. Hope there are more to come.
WinDImmortaL
I read these books in order and loved following the developement of the stories of all the same people om Chicago.
Super P
Campbell's Jimmy Flannery mysteries are altogether unlike anything else in the mystery genre, or at least unlike the classic 1950's private eye working out of a small office waiting for the next voluptuous blonde or redhead to sashay in and spin his head. Fact is Flannery is not even a private eye. He's a sewer inspector and ward leader for the 27th ward in old machine run Chicago. Flannery's got a cat's curiousity and a cat's nine lives as well. Leroy Brown may have been meaner than a junkyard dog but no one is as relentless as Flannery not even a junkyard dog. Campbell's brilliance here is turning the whole classic mystery genre on its head and recreating it in the form of a back slapping insider who just can't let go of a bone.

This particular edition of the Flannery saga may lack the kind of relentless action you might expect in a mystery novel. In fact, most of the book is Flannery jawing it up with one connection or another.

But what makes it all work and do hard to put down is the narrator's voice which is at one homespun and like that of the cheery guy you just met in the bar. It does start out with Flannery talking on about his domestic situation but that's really his manner of introducing himself. The real story is about influence peddling, the world of machine politics slowly coming to an end, the retirement of the old boss of bosses and his successors fighting over the spoils, a body, an illicit affair, and a fight over an old house and the dog that lives there.

Just don't go reading this expecting a classic shoot em up mystery with bodies falling everywhere and a half crazed blonde not knowing enough to walk away from the crime scene.
Mash
Jimmy Flannery is one of the most original creations in American detective fiction and a delight in every outing. He's a new-old man who straddles the worlds of the Democratic old-school party machine in Chicago's ethnic wards and the reformers who are putting the machine out of business. He owes his job in the city sewers to his political connections and sees nothing wrong with it. He makes it all work by trading favor for favor, in an impeccably moral way in which he seeks a good solution for all involved. It's that skill that often leads him into unraveling complicated criminal circumstances in a way that pleases (or equally displeases) all involved. His exploits are always recounted in picturesque ways, and his underclass dialogue is riveting to the ear and the mind.
In Sauce for the Goose, Jimmy has just finished moving up in the world (as he should after 8 previous novels in the series including The Junkyard Dog, The 600 Pound Gorilla, Hip-Deep in Alligators, The Cat's Meow, Thinning the Turkey Herd, The Gift Horse's Mouth and In a Pig's Eye). He has succeeded his old Chinaman, Chips Devlin as the unpaid 27th ward councilman after having served as a precinct captain for about 15 years. His new job of inspector of the sewers means he doesn't have to go down into them every day any more. He has married the delightful nurse, Mary Ellen, and they have a newborn daughter, Kathleen. They share Mary Ellen's dog, Alfie, and their in-laws. Mary Ellen's mom has married Jimmy's dad. One of Jimmy's best political allies is the "lipstick lesbian" Janet Canarias who took the 27th aldermanic seat away from the regular Democratic organization. These facts are briefly and effectively displayed at the beginning. Thus, you can read this book and enjoy it without having read any of the earlier books in the series. That's a rare treat for mystery fans these days when series seem to get more and more interconnected so that each new book is incomprehensible without reading 15 others.
As the book opens, Ms. Canarias informs Jimmy that there's a shake-up coming from city hall and that more city services are about to be outsourced (to help keep the reformers happy) . . . maybe even some of the Municipal Pier, Canal, Garages, Public Curbs and Expansion Agency which is headed by attorney and power broker, Frank Vollmer. That's curious . . . because Jimmy finds himself taking a course in political science in night school from Vollmer. What's a $400 an hour doing teaching 20 of the relatively unwashed? What's more, why is there a semi-illiterate Mob supporter falling asleep nightly in the same class?
Jimmy's also taking an English course to help get rid of the "ain'ts" in his speech and to expand his spoken vocabulary. It's all part of Mary Ellen's plan for helping Jimmy move up in the world. Pretty soon it takes him twice as long to say everything . . . as he continually and self-consciously corrects his verbs and objects. It's even getting on Janet's nerves. But he meets an old acquaintance in the class, Jake O'Meara, a broken-down former cop who briefly redeemed himself by taking three in the belly during the hold-up of a candy store. The old lady he saved in the candy store leaves him a house and money to keep her elderly dog until he dies. Out of compassion, Jake finds himself filling the house with runaway teenagers who need a helping hand and encouragement. What will happen to the teens when the old dog dies? Jimmy finds himself in the middle of the solution. In the process, you'll find out about a very humorous, sure-fire way to get a friendly dog to snarl at strangers.
The mystery develops when Vollmer unexpectedly leaves the class for Jimmy to teach for two hours. The Mob enforcer wakes up long enough to bolt out the door after him. Vollmer returns, but his Jaguar seems to have changed color. How could that have happened? The next day, the enforcer's dead. Jimmy attends the wake, and meets the competitors who fighting to take over as head of the local family. Before long, Jimmy hears that Vollmer's wife is in the hospital with a coma. Why does Vollmer spend time helping do Jimmy a favor before going to the hospital? Could it be that something's rotten in Denmark?
Following his nose and using his connections, Jimmy soon finds that Vollmer and Jake's problems are intertwined . . . and only he can unsnarl them.
If you know Italian, you will figure out the mystery much faster than if you do not. I suggest that you pretend to be ignorant of the language as you read the book. You'll enjoy the story more.
The book's overall theme relates to exchanging favors. You'll see the consequences of doing so in a moral and constructive way . . . and of doing the opposite. It's an "old-new" fashioned morality tale, not unlike everything in Jimmy's life. The meetings with Chips are as funny and delightful as ever. Jimmy's in fine form and good will overcome evil.
After you finish enjoying the book, I suggest that you think about what favors you could do for others today that would help them more than anything they could do for themselves. Then do at least one of those favors. How does it make you feel?
Whiteflame
Bought this to complete my set of this series. The stories are well-written and I like the interweaving with the Chicago political machinery.
Froststalker
Jimmy Flannery novels are an enjoyable read. There are 10-12 books in this series and I have read 7-8 of them. Any of these stories can be read in an afternoon. I grew up and live in the Chicago area so I can vouch for Campbell's depictions of city's politics, politicians, and their local patois. All are spot on. Frankly it is a shame there aren't more Jimmy Flannerys running this Chicago. The place would be a lot better off