- Tapa blanda
- Editor: Grand Central Pub; Edición: Reprint (1 de mayo de 1996)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0446404632
- ISBN-13: 978-0446404631
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Sauce for the Goose (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 may 1996
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As the new Democratic committeeman for the 27th ward, sewer inspector and sometime sleuth Jimmy Flannery learns more than he had bargained for about the new politics of City Hall, where people who get in the way still meet with fatal accidents
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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.
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?