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Thinning the turkey herd : a Jimmy Flannery mystery
Campbell, R. Wright.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : New American Library, [1988]

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pages cm
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"NAL books."
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Author Notes

Robert Campbell was born on March 31, 1937 in Buffalo, New York. He is a writer and an architect. Campbell is a graduate of Harvard College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he received the Appleton Traveling Fellowship and Francis Kelley Prize. Campbell became an architect in 1975, as a consultant for the improvement of cultural institutions, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra. 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 architect-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome.

Campbell's poems have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly and Harvard Review, among other publications. Campbell has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Boston Architectural Center, and the University of North Carolina. He also is a former Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1993-2002 he was visiting Sam Gibbons Eminent Scholar in Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of South Florida. In 2003 he was a Senior Fellow in the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University.

In 1996, Campbell won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, he has received the AIA¿s Medal for Criticism; the Commonwealth Award of the Boston Society of Architects; and a Design Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2002 he won a national Columbia Dupont Award for "Beyond the Big Dig". He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

His titles include Cityscapes of Boston: An American City Through Time and Civic Builders.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Two new mysteries from Edgar winner Robert Campbell-one a departure from form, another firmly in the mainstream. Not content with two ongoing mystery series-the Jimmy Flannery novels (see below) and the La-La Land adventures-Campbell unveils a new hero, Burlington Northern Railroad cop Jake Hatch. Somewhere between Chicago and Denver the emergency cord is pulled, and a body is found underneath the train. Actually, it's not quite a body, just two half torsos belonging to two different people. Plugged Nickel is a kind of stripped-down version of Campbell's earlier works. Nearly absent from this novel are two of the author's calling cards-detailed and idiosyncratic characterization and a setting firmly grounded in a particular time. The focus here is almost solely on plot, as Campbell capably mixes a host of beguiling clues, demonstrating both lightness of touch and narrative cunning. In Thinning the Turkey Herd, sewer inspector, harassed local precinct captain, and part-time sleuth Jimmy Flannery once again braves the time-honored political and social jungles of Chicago. An alderwoman, who is also the Republican candidate for governor, asks Jimmy to find her lover, a struggling model, part of the annual influx of the ``turkey herd,'' young girls looking for glamorous careers in the city. Someone is killing the ``turkeys.'' Jimmy finds the girl dead in the apartment down the corridor from her own. Campbell's taciturn detective sorts through a plethora of suspects-from a weapon-welding super to an unofficial pest exterminator-uncovering in the process neighborhood loyalties, favors granted and received, hard lives lived on the edge of desperation. Another fine novel in an exceptional series. PLR.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Fans of fictional Chicago pol Jimmy Flannery, who might have been disappointed with Campbell's Hip-Deep in Alligators, rejoice: the precinct captain/sewer inspector is back in fine form. A flock of out-of-town models (the ``turkey herd'') have been found dead in the last year, but Chicago's cops aren't interested. Flannery's alderman-friend Janet, a feminist activist he calls ``lipstick lesbian,'' wants Jimmy to investigate. Her interest becomes personal when her friend Joyce, a model, doesn't show up to move into her apartment. After Flannery discovers Joyce strangled in a neighbor's apartment, he probes deeper and eventually nails the not very surprising, but very creepy, killer. Along the way he meets a wonderfully mixed bag of outlandish characters (exterminator Willy Dink stands out), conducts a hilarious raid on an animal shelter and adopts a mongrel dog almost as charming as himself. (April) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved