Tubby Dubonnet is a New Orleans lawyer without a lot of ambition or illusion. He wants to bill enough hours to pay his alimony and keep his daughter in college, with enough left over for an occasional drink and a good meal. When he’s offered a job researching the licensing requirements of the city’s new gambling casino, he doesn’t care if he’s working for the Mob. Meanwhile, he becomes involved in executing the estate of an old friend who controls some dock leases on the wharf, and he agrees to help his daughter’s environmental group stop illegal dumping into the river. As one might expect, the three cases begin to converge: the toxic dumping, the dock leases, and the too-good-to-be-true casino job lead Tubby to the conclusion that he’s been set up to be the fall guy in an effort by the casino to expand its operations. The endearing Tubby is street smart, but he’s no tough guy and is sometimes betrayed by his desire to see the best in people. He makes a charming guide to a side of New Orleans few see.
New Orleans-based attorney and writer Tony Dunbar is the Lillian Smith Book Award-winning author of books about Mississippi, Appalachia, migrant workers, and the Southern labor movement as well as the acclaimed Tubby Dubonnet mystery series.