Name: Crooked Man
Rating: 4.2 stars over 13 reviews
Description: Hard-boiled and hilarious at the same time, this legal thriller asks the question: If a gym bag of cash fell into your hands, what would you do to keep it?
And it has another great quality: The food's as much fun as the tightly-coiled plot.
A simple man with a refined palate, maverick New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet has a penchant for fishing, Old Fashioneds, off-track betting, and fighting evil while passing a good time.
His clients are all renegades from the asylum (aka Orleans Parish), including a transvestite entertainer, a buxom deadbeat blonde, a doctor who refers his own patients to a malpractice lawyer, and a Mardi Gras reveler who drives a float shaped like a giant crawfish pot. He also has his hands full with an ex-wife and three teenage daughters, who are experts in the art of wrapping Tubby around their little fingers. And somehow, between work and family, Tubby finds time to sample the highs and lows of idiosyncratic Crescent City cuisine, from trout meuniere amandine and French roast coffee with chicory to shrimp po-boys and homemade pecan pralines.
Tubby's new client is Darryl Alvarez, the manager of a local nightclub who's been caught unloading marijuana from a shrimp boat. At their first meeting, Darryl entrusts Tubby with an ordinary-looking blue gym bag. But after Darryl's unfortunate demise, Tubby realizes he must tighten his grasp on the gym bag -- and its million-dollar contents.
Tubby can’t just give up the cash. But if he gets caught, he’ll be in jail. And if the wrong people catch him, he’ll wish he was.
Reviews: "Lucid, even graceful, Dunbar's voice is pitch perfect throughout. But more than clear writing and clever plotting sets this mystery novel apart from a lot of the rest. It's the characters."
"Tony Dunbar's droll detective series featuring the laconic lawyer Tubby Dubonnet is certainly one of the better evocations of the Crescent City produced in the past thirty years."
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