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Crooked Man (Tubby Dubonnet #1)

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,073 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
A simple man with a refined palate, maverick New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet is a master at juggling the seemingly disparate aspects of his frequently hectic life. His clients are all renegades from the asylum, including a transvestite entertainer with a troublesome skin condition, a buxom blonde with a penchant for not paying her bills, a doctor who refers his own patie ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Berkley (first published December 28th 1994)
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Feb 01, 2015 Monnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kimberly Hicks
Jun 11, 2015 Kimberly Hicks rated it it was amazing
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
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
Charles Ray
Nov 17, 2015 Charles Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Mar 07, 2016 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 11, 2016 Ronald rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 se ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Grant Leishman
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
Kat Lebo
Jun 19, 2014 Kat Lebo rated it liked it
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
Bryan D.
Jul 09, 2015 Bryan D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Frances Livingston
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
Lorin Cary
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. T ...more
Stanley McShane
Jun 22, 2014 Stanley McShane rated it it was ok
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 he ...more
Jul 11, 2015 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jefferson S Taylor

Contrived, shallow and boring, though I trudged through at least half the book, hoping that the plot or characters would start to pop. This never happened for me. To add insult to injury, the editing of this peace was so very poor; a problem that seems to be presenting itself more and more frequently in the Kindle e-books and definitely affects the quality of any read. Why do the 'powers that be' continue to shrug off so many complaints in this regard?
Dec 06, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 22, 2014 Bert rated it it was amazing
The 1994 first Tubby Dubonnet crime mystery novel. This is the pick of the litter, or perhaps the rest are simply more predictable. Protagonist is a 45 year old New Orleans lawyer with alcohol issues, perennial financial difficulties, and the world's most colorful practice. He's an idealist, and at times heroic, bright and packing a dark sense of humor. Lots of nifty glimpses into local judicial politics, scammery in the Big Easy, and local customs and usage.
Oct 11, 2015 Orion rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, library, 2015
Boring! The reviews on amazon claimed this was a humerous book about a funny lawyer in NOLA. I never did find anything even remotely humerous in the book. This is supposed to be a mystery series. An ok story yes, a mystery NO. Had to read half of book to even see a crime committed, but there was never any mystery, since you pretty much knew everything all along the way. The only twist was near the end, and not very dramatic. Luckily its a quick read.
Sep 06, 2015 Puna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, he may be a lawyer, but he seems kind of like an idiot. Tubby Dubonnet does things that don't seem at all sensible and gets away with murder. Literally. Also mystery? Not really. And has Mr. Tony Dunbar (not to be confused with his protagonist, Tubby Dubonnet, by the way) ever heard of a climax? Let's just say I feel a little sorry for his wife. The book didn't even make me crave beignets, which was really the least that I expected.
David Isgur
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
Jun 11, 2014 Dawn rated it liked it
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.
Sep 25, 2015 Debbie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Crooked Man

This is supposed to be a Hard-Boiled mystery. I didn't find anything about it hard-boiled. Just a story about a small time lawyer in a small parish in New Orleans who receives money from a club owner to hold for him. The club owner is soon killed and the lawyer tries to decide what to do with the money. Slow reading and not a mystery at all.
Terri Weitze
I like the Tubby Dubonnet books because they are a nice light read with a touch of New Orleans (without being heavy handed), a likeable main character with lots of fun side characters. And the plots are pretty good too - nothing mind bending but just a good detective story. Even though I'm reading these out of order, the stories definitely stand alone and work.
Jul 28, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely filled with humor. Almost bungling lawyer playing detective juggling an ex wife, crooked friends and enemies as well as clients; Crooked Man was entertaining as well as somewhat suspenseful. Thoroughly enjoyed reading all the antics of all parties involved. Look forward to losing myself on this very hot summer day in more of Tony Dunbar's novels.
Feb 06, 2016 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 w ...more
Jul 11, 2015 Abbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny lawyer with death chasing him

Tubby is a likable and well liked lawyer trying to get by but his clients are trying to get him killed. The background, foods, sights and smells put you right into the heart of New Orleans in a great way. Very well written and a fun read.
Jul 27, 2014 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First in the Tubby Dubonnet mystery series. Tubby is a lawyer who has a partner, but I handles petty criminals, and small civil suits. In crime novel terms Tubby deals with the criminal under-belly. The story is well written and entertaining. I will continue to read the series.
Aug 16, 2015 Joni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crooked Man

This is the first book in the Tubby Dunbar mystery series. Tubby is a divorced lawyer with three daughters. He has an odd collection of clients and friends, which are larger than life and keep your interest and attention. Great read.
Laura Johnson
Ok story, takes time to sort out

Storyline was ok, but had trouble keeping the characters straight, especially the bad guys. A bit more exposition would have been helpful. Maybe it would've helped to read the first book first.
Nov 22, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the 3rd in the series first and it made me want to see the beginning. I like Tubby Dubonnet and the New Orleans background. The book moves along quickly and there there are several plots to keep things interesting. Fun read.
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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 storie ...more
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