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Crooked Man: A Hard-Boiled but Humorous New Orleans Mystery (Tubby Dubonnet Series #1) (The Tubby Dubonnet Series) by [Dunbar, Tony]

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Dunbar's (Delta Time) first novel is less a mystery-the murder occurs at the halfway point and is witnessed by the reader-than a deliciously witty caper through the idiosyncratic landscape of New Orleans, where crickets sing in the weeds that grow up through the curbs and St. Patrick's Day paraders toss crawfish and potatoes from floats. Tubby Dubonnet is a lawyer who likes fishing, beer and off-track betting. His clients include a cross-dresser referred by the very doctor he's suing for a botched skin-creolizing, and a lakefront bar owner who has held on to a nearly $1 million payoff after a shrimpboat marijuana bust. The bar owner hands over the money locked in a gym bag to Tubby, then is murdered, leaving behind a death scene portrayed with jarring comic understatement. Tubby grapples with the temptation of riches and the threats of claimants, and, as he sorts out the rogues from and among the buttoned-downs, he dispatches the villain and finds a home for the cash in a conclusion that's as cleverly convoluted and amusing as the rest of this tale, the first in a projected series.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Best known for his nonfiction work (e.g., Delta Time: A Journey Through Mississippi, LJ 7/90), Dunbar creates a lighthearted, fast-moving, comic mystery with New Orleans lawyer and epicure Tubby Dubonnet as the hero. One would think that Tubby's professional life is interesting, given his involvement with a transvestite/entertainer client who's suing for a botched skin-darkening operation (he was referred to Tubby by his doctor, the defendant!). Alas, Tubby finds himself in possession of a gym bag full of cash that may be tied to a drug-deal-gone-sour murder. There are certainly others who will stop at nothing to obtain the bag. Are they underworld or are they from the "right" side of the law? In this well-written, entertaining first novel, Tubby's luncheon menus are as engaging as the plot. Highly recommended for public libraries.
Heather Blenkinsopp, Mercy Coll. Lib., Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Publication Date: November 29, 2013
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