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Crooked Man (Tubby Dubonnet #1)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  1,252 Ratings  ·  117 Reviews
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, including a transvestite entertainer with curious medical issues, a buxom deadbeat blonde, a doctor who refers his own patients to a malpract
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published May 7th 2012 by booksBnimble (first published December 28th 1994)
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Feb 01, 2015 Monnie rated it really liked it
Back in June 2014, I got this one free through BookBub - it sounded interesting and is the first in a series of seven, I believe. Set in New Orleans, the author is a New Orleans attorney, and the series has been nominated for both Anthony and Edgar Allen Poe awards. It's also relatively short - just 224 pages - and reader reviews are fairly positive. So what did I have to lose?

Not much, as it turns out. Right off the bat, one sentence made my day: "There were enough law books on the shelves to p
Charles Ray
Nov 17, 2015 Charles Ray rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books
New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet is a simple man with fancy tastes. When a new client, caught with a load of marijuana, gives Tubby a gym bag full of cash for safekeeping, nothing is simple anymore. His client dies unexpectedly of lead poisoning (the projectile kind) and Tubby’s left literally holding the bag. If the cops catch him with it he could go to jail, but that’s not the worst of his problems—there are others who are willing to kill him for it.
Crooked Man by Tony Dunbar is the first boo
Jul 24, 2016 T.L. rated it it was amazing
I started this series out of sequence and fell in love with it.
I adore the setting of New Orleans and like the way Dunbar sprinkles food references in the story. He makes New Orleans itself as much of a character as the people in the story.
Crooked Man sets the stage for the rest of the series in a nice way, referring to the main character's divorce after the fact. We find out where Tubby Dubbonet went to law school, how many daughters he has, what kind of car he drives, what he likes to eat, etc
Kimberly Hicks
Jun 11, 2015 Kimberly Hicks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kimberly by: Bookbub
Shelves: read-on-kindle
I haven't read any books from this author before, and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with how well I enjoyed this novel.

Tubby Dubonnet has quite a sarcastic sense of humor which resonates throughout the story. His partner, Reggie Turntide, asked him to take on a new client, Daryl Alvarez, and when he agrees to take Daryl's case, strange things begin to occur. For instance, Daryl stops by Tubby's office and asks if he can hold onto a large blue gym bag. Tubby takes law very seriously and
Jun 14, 2014 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tubby Dubonnet is a New Orleans lawyer who tries to keep on the straight and narrow. He represents a wide range of characters in criminal court and when one of his clients gives him a gym bag to hold on to, things start to get interesting. Unfortunately, the client can't come and reclaim the bag.

This is the first in a series (and the second in the series that I have read). I liked this book because it was an engaging read with a good plot that has plenty of twists. The characters are introduced
Mar 07, 2016 Liz rated it liked it
The ending seemed a bit abrupt, but overall I enjoyed the book. It definitely made me laugh at some parts, which I enjoyed. I would probably read more of his books.
Oct 27, 2016 Wendy rated it really liked it
Crooked Man

Good book. I really enjoyed reading a book set in New Orleans that the people and places were so authentic. You can tell that the author is from the city. The story was also good enough that I will be reading the whole series and I'm sure it can only get better from here.
Mike Boese
Nov 27, 2016 Mike Boese rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
A fun, quick read. Like its protagonist, the book glides along good naturedly. I'll be reading more from the series, especially if Amazon keeps giving them away!
Nov 29, 2016 Miriam rated it liked it
this was a fun and easy read. decent plot, some intriguing details, and fascinating characters.
Oct 16, 2016 Renee rated it really liked it
Tubby is fantastic! What a character. I had visions of Better Call Saul. Dunbar has a way of making the scenery come alive. I totally loved his meals it was like I was visiting New Orleans again
Ronald Keeler
Jun 11, 2016 Ronald Keeler rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
By the book’s title you would expect to read a story about a criminal, a crooked man. Maybe the identity of the crooked man would be a mystery and that would be the fun of the book, finding out who is the crooked man. But the reader can’t really do that because there are too many crooked men, and a few slightly bent women. I really looked to find one character that could be described as completely innocent. Just when I thought Tubby’s secretary, Cherrylynn, was an innocent, Dunbar hinted at a ...more
Sonjie Outlaw
Sep 21, 2016 Sonjie Outlaw rated it it was amazing
Tubby got the last laugh

Tony Dunbar is a very good writer. Some of his character's are pretty strange. I recommend any of his books.
Kat Lebo
Crooked Man, Tubby Dubonnet #1
by Tony Dunbar

Unlike many of the reviewers on Amazon, I did not find Tubby Dubonnet to be funny or charming or refreshing. Sigh. I know this is the first book in the Dubonnet series, and I am more than willing to give the author a chance to do better in the next installment (might as well, I already have it on my Kindle). However, I must say that I recently read books featuring two of my favorite characters (Nevada Barr and Harry Dresden)from series I've followed si
Sep 19, 2016 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short mystery and an entertaining one. There is some violence. Sex, but not explicit. There are interesting characters and the ending was a bit of a surprise and worked very well.
Grant Leishman
Jun 05, 2016 Grant Leishman rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Crooked Man by Tony Dunbar is a fairly old book. I think it was first released in 1994 and was the first novel by this author.
To be honest, I didn't particularly like the writing style. Perhaps because I'm not American or even more so, American South, I found some of the dialogue a little folksy and stereotypical.
That having been said, the basic premise of the story was a simple one that has been repeated often. A bag of cash inadvertently falls into someone's hands and the dilemma then become
Jan 22, 2016 Ben rated it really liked it
I had " Crooked Man" by Tony Dunbar on my Kindle for some time waiting for me to get around to it. After reading it and enjoying it, I wondered why I didn't get to it sooner.
Mr. Dunbar' s hero, Tubby Dubonnet, is a New Orleans lawyer who is only as crooked as he needs to be in a City where municipal and judicial corruption is endemic. Without getting too long about it, the plot involves a client of Tubby's who gets arrested in a big drug deal, million dollar deal. The client was arrested, but t
Sep 11, 2016 MicheleStitches rated it liked it
This book made me want to go to New Orleans and EAT. There are several scenes that featured the yummy southern cuisine! The character of Tubby was a likable fellow, and the story was "okay."
Bryan D.
Jul 09, 2015 Bryan D. rated it really liked it
58 of 75 for 2015. Tony Dunbar is a New Orleans lawyer who has written a very funny series of mysteries concerning the life of New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet. Crooked Man is the first of the series, though not the first book I read. It stands well on its own, while introducing many characters we'll meet in later additions to the series. Dunbar knows New Orleans well, and peoples his books with fascinating characters you'd be likely (if unfortunate in some cases) to meet on the streets of the ...more
John Lee
Aug 26, 2016 John Lee rated it really liked it
Having just read Envision This, the short story prequel to the series, I felt that I had a bit of background ready for my return to Tubby Dubonnet in this story.
This isn't a 'who-done-it' but a story about the New Orleans lawyer and a few of his clients. Except for the setting and the lack of a wheelchair , perhaps it raised memories or Raymond Burr as Ironside.
It was a very easy read that didn't need much concentration or character map and with the video that was linked to Envision This, I had
Stanley McShane
Okay, I tried. 3 times; City of Beads, Crime Czar, and then Crooked Man. Difficult to create any empathy for Tubby; and really don't like him. Heavy into drinks and food. Lots of restaurants. Plodding story line deviates somewhat and moves a little cumbersome for me. Erratic scene changes that were difficult to follow with no explanation. Climax sewed up loose ends with some questionable finagling, but Tubby got into some really questionable moral ground this book that still has me shaking my ...more
Lorin Cary
Apr 04, 2015 Lorin Cary rated it it was ok
Tubby Dubonnet is a New Orleans lawyer. He and the other main character, Monique, enter trailing backstories.The plot wanders a bit before it gains traction and Tubby's ethical dilemma becomes clear: what to do with money a client asked him to hold. Well, I won't give away the kickers here. Suffice it to say that Tubby acts out of character in one instance and devises a clever way to deal with the money. At times the author's voice intrudes and at times there are sudden jumps in point of view. ...more
Frances Livingston
Jun 28, 2015 Frances Livingston rated it really liked it
Crooked Man: A Hard-Boiled but Humorous New Orleans Mystery ( Tubby Dubonnet Series. #1 A Review

I chose to read this tale for a couple of reasons. It was a mystery. It was set in New Orleans and it was supposed to be funny. It was an ok read but I did not find it all that funny. I did like the main character quite a bit. And I did sort of admire how he was able to make things work out for " the little guy." I only give 5 stars to books that I would read again. The very best reads that I could no
Jul 11, 2015 Randy rated it it was amazing
An interesting plot with lots of surprises. I like Mr. Dunbar's writing style and how he develops his characters. This is the first of seven current books in the Tubby Dubonnet series, taking place in New Orleans. Tubby is an attorney with the usual protagonist issues (divorced, kids, drinking, gambling) and an assortment of friends and enemies and clients. Both the beautiful and seamy sides of New Orleans appear in the book. Amazon states that this is a humorous New Orleans mystery, but I found ...more
David Isgur
Jun 19, 2015 David Isgur rated it it was ok
Fast-Paced Mystery in a Great Setting

I'm generally a big fan of mysteries set in New Orleans. The city makes a great backdrop for detective stories. I really wanted to like this book and its characters, but this one didn't give me much to work with.

The overall plot/crime was weak and many of the characters were stereotypes and not well fleshed out. I really wanted to like the main protagonists, but they didn't come across in a way that allowed me to empathize with them.

The story moved along at a
Feb 06, 2016 Wendy rated it liked it
Tubby Dubonnet, a New Orleans lawyer, loves his food & drinks. He also doesn't mind manipulating people and the system to work things out. But when a client is murdered and a whole lot of people are trying to find the missing $1 million (which winds up in Tubby's safe), the plot gets a little busy. I enjoyed the book more because I've spent a bit of time in The Big Easy and could visualize many of the places referenced. There were a couple of unexpected twists that I didn't see coming that ...more
Chi Dubinski
Mar 04, 2015 Chi Dubinski rated it really liked it
Tubby Dubonnet, ex-jock and lover of fine food, has a law practice in New Orleans and a bunch of oddball clients. Divorced, with three teenage daughters, Tubby has his hands full when his partner Reggie Turntide aska him to take on a new client, a nightclub manager caught unloading fifteen bales of marijuana from a shrimp boat,a case that should be a slam dunk for Tubby. Great New Orleans atmosphere and a plot that will keep the reader guessing.
Dec 06, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
This was my first Tubby Dubonnet, and I read it on my Kindle. I didn't expect much, because I paid nothing to download it, but Tubby is fun, and I love New Orleans, and the city is as much a character in the story as Tubby is. Tubby isn't a hardworking character. He earns a living as an attorney, but is mostly just interested in a good meal, and interesting people. And then this guy asks him to keep a gym bag in his office, and he agrees, and then everything starts to go wrong.
Jeannine Stewart
Jul 29, 2016 Jeannine Stewart rated it really liked it
I've read most of the Tubby Dubonnet series but not this one, which is the first. I really enjoy this character, the humor and the New Orleans setting. Finally reading the first book in the series, I now have a better understanding of what drives this character. The plot is a bit darker than most but it explains a lot. Although you can read the books in this series out-of-order, I would recommend starting at the beginning. This one has some good plot twists.
Jun 11, 2014 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As mysteries go, this isn't Sherlock Holmes. But if you're a fan of the genre and looking for a quick summer read, then you can't go too far wrong with Crooked Man. It's part slapstick, part noir, all entertainment. If Tubby Dubonnet didn't have bad luck, he'd have no luck at all. It's a bit dated (it was first published in 1995), but I enjoyed it. I'm off to read the next Tubby story.
Jul 26, 2015 Joyce rated it liked it
Toby is representing a man involved with drugs who ends up dead. The man had left a bag in Toby's care containing the money to be used for pay,net for the drugs. Toby decides that the money has no legitimate owner and that he could use it to his benefit. Those who were also involved in the drug deal do not agree and come looking for the money. The novel is written with wit and an obvious familiarity with the court system in New Orleans. Fine reading for a rainy afternoon.
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Tony Dunbar started writing at quite a young age. When he was 12, growing up in Atlanta, he told people that he was going to be a writer, but it took him until the age of 19 to publish his first book, Our Land Too, based on his civil rights experiences in the Mississippi delta. For entertainment, Tony turned not to television but to reading mysteries such as dozens of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe ...more
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Tubby Dubonnet (9 books)
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  • Trick Question (Tubby Dubonnet, #3)
  • Shelter From The Storm (Tubby Dubonnet, #4)
  • Crime Czar (Tubby Dubonnet, #5)
  • Lucky Man (Tubby Dubonnet, #6)
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  • Night Watchman (Tubby Dubonnet, #8)
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