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The lion's share
Campbell, R. Wright.
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New York : Mysterious Press, 1996.
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246 pages ; 22 cm
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"It seems that Congressman Lundatos, who has spent the last year bucking a million ethics charges, wants to have a go at local office - this time with Jimmy Flannery as his running mate. Jimmy has a knack for finding things out, and that could be very useful to the Lion. For Jimmy, it's a shot at becoming alderman of the Fifth, the mayor's ward, and wielding more power than he has ever known. That is, if he wants to hitch up with the likes of Lundatos." "Jimmy is mulling over the offer when an anonymous phone call urges him to go to a certain posh apartment in the glamorous Bridgeport district. Here, he's told, is the information he needs to make up his mind." "What he finds is a very beautiful, very dead, very naked woman in a tub filled with six inches of water ... and not a drop of blood."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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

Publisher's Weekly Review

Every cloud seems to have a silver lining in the tenth Jimmy Flannery mystery (following Sauce for the Goose). The rise of sewer inspector Flannery through Chicago's political ranks might be expected to stall with the death of his longtime mentor, Chips Devlin. The old man goes gently, in his bed, with a smile on his old Irish face and possibly after some paid female company; he has bequeathed his Bridgeport house to Flannery, his wife and their baby daughter. The political vacuum left by Devlin's passing is one that disgraced congressman Leo Lundatos would cheerfully fill, with Flannery's help. Meanwhile, two ex-cops, one a recent sex change, are fighting over a prostitution franchise. One of their contested employees, very possibly Devlin's last angel of mercy, dies in a house owned by Lundatos's wife, a perky redhead with an unsettling effect on Flannery. Although Campbell doesn't provide a great deal of narrative firepower here, he musters all the romantic urban crime elements that have garnered this series its deserved heap of praise: the ever noble Flannery; the anachronistic Chicago neighborhood settings; and a forgiving approach to those, such as a good woman who turns to prostitution for a host of noble reasons, who fail to be saints in the city. Flannery's grammar might stumble on occasion, but his Hibernian heart is always in the right place. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Powerful ex-congressman Leo "the Lion" Lundatos wants to run for office, with sleuthing Chicago sewer inspector Jimmy Flannery as running-mate. While making up his mind, Flannery discovers a naked dead woman in Leo's apartment. Sex scandal, politics, and mobsters intertwine. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.