City of Beads

City of Beads

Tony Dunbar / Sep 23, 2019

City of Beads New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet is bored 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 but he long

  • Title: City of Beads
  • Author: Tony Dunbar
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  • Page: 371
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  • New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet is bored 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, but he longs for something different and exciting When he s offered a job researching the licensing requirements of the city s new and lucrative gambling casino, he doesn t care if he New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet is bored 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, but he longs for something different and exciting When he s offered a job researching the licensing requirements of the city s new and lucrative 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 curiously 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.Suddenly Tubby is doing something different and exciting he s running for his life

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      • Tony Dunbar

        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 stories Among his favorites are Dashiell Hammett, author of The Maltese Falcon, and Tony Hillerman, and John D MacDonald, and Mickey Spillane.He has lived in New Orleans for a long, long time, and in addition to writing mysteries and serious fare he attended Tulane Law School and continues an active practice involving, he says, money That practice took a hit in the Hurricane Katrina flooding, but the experience did produce a seventh Tubby Dubonnet mystery novel, Tubby Meets KatrinaThe Tubby series so far comprises seven books The Crime Czar, City of Beads, Crooked Man, Shelter from the Storm, Trick Question, Lucky Man, and Tubby Meets Katrina The main character, Tony says, is the City of New Orleans itself, the food, the music, the menace, the party, the inhabitants But Tubby Dubonnet is the actual protagonist, and he is, like the author, a New Orleans attorney Unlike the author, however, he finds himself involved in serious crime and murder, and he also ears exceptionally well He is 40 something, the divorced father of three daughters, a collector of odd friends and clients, and he is constantly besieged by ethical dilemmas But he is not fat he is a former jock and simply big.Tony s writing spans quite a few categories and is as varied as his own experiences He has written about people s struggle for survival, growing out of his own work as a community organizer in Mississippi and Eastern Kentucky He has written about young preachers and divinity students who were active in the Southern labor movement in the 1930s, arising from his own work with the Committee of Southern Churchmen and Amnesty International He has written and edited political commentary, inspired by seeing politics in action with the Voter Education Project And he has had the most fun with the mysteries, saying, I think I can say everything I have to say about the world through the medium of Tubby Dubonnet Hurricane Katrina and the floods, which caused the mandatory evacuation of New Orleans for months, blew Tony into an off resume job serving meals in the parking lot of a Mississippi chemical plant to hundreds of hardhats imported to get the complex dried out and operating It also gave Tony time to write Tubby Meets Katrina, which was the first published novel set in the storm It is a little grimmer than most of the books in the series, describing as it does the chaos in the sparsely populated city immediately after the storm It was a useful way for me to vent my anger, Tony says Still, even in a deserted metropolis stripped of electric power Tubby manages to find a good meal.The Tubby Dubonnet series has been nominated for both the Anthony Award and the Edgar Allen Poe Award While the last one was published in 2006, the author says he is now settling down to write again But about what Birds and wild flowers, he suggests Or maybe television evangelists Or, inevitably, about the wondrous and beautiful city of New Orleans.


    1. Set in New Orleans, City of Beads by Tony Dunbar, highlights the mystique that is New Orleans. Attorney Tubby Dubonnet is pulled back from his sabbatical to investigate the murder of former friend and client Potter Aucoin. As with any large city, it's a toss-up as to who controls the political scene--perhaps the gambling side of life with dark, mob-connected casino bosses or the Asian network connection of crawfish farmers tapping into the lucrative food-driven side of New Orleans big money. It' [...]

    2. Entertaining criminal investigation novel featuring a well-fed late middle aged lawyer named Tubby Dubonnet as the hero. Wonderful sense of evoking place: the setting is New Orleans and one call tell the author not only knows the range of traditions and perspectives possible in that singular city, he relishes them. Tubby begins to see some intriguing connections between a series of disparate cases he is involved in given the wide range of clientele he has—he is sensible about working for the b [...]

    3. This is the second crime mystery novel involving New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet. There's carefully-crafted continuity from the plot outline of the first book. Tubby's still got a warm place in his heart for the underdog, and he still shares his attraction for alcoholic beverages. The author has quietly magnificent metaphors and euphemisms that help with his colorful descriptions of The Big Easy. I know this isn't more than light entertainment for most readers, but the masterful way that plot [...]

    4. Tubby Dubonnet is an attorney in New Orleans who is somewhat bored with his life. He has a nice office, a decent secretary, an ex-wife he avoids and three daughters. He is also somewhat of a fixture in N.O. All of this lends color to the novel, but does little to add to its plot or characterizations. It isn't a bad book. But unfortunately it also isn't a good book either. Mediocrity seems to have found its own level.

    5. An enjoyable read but you must keep tabs on the various characters introduced through the book. They all have a part to play in the plot that won't be immediately obvious but it all becomes clear as you read. The result is a book that, for a while, seems somewhat disjointed and a little hard to follow until you really get into it. Overall, an satisfying experience.

    6. City of Beads by Dunbar was an eye-opener for me about life in New Orleans coming from Australia. I enjoyed the pathos and never doubted that Tubby would rise above the sordidness of his characters, even death. Life on the Mississippi was also interesting and the characters were well-rounded.

    7. Tubby, Tubby, Tubby!!!!!My fifth trip to The Big Easy with Mr Dubonnet and can't wait for the sixth. It's not high art and its not great literature, but it is a great read.If you want a book that asks deep searching questions about the human condition than than this is not for you, however if you want to spend a few hours in the company of a lovable rogue fighting the good fight for the downtrodden of New Orleans whilst being taken on a gourmet tour of Louisiana cooking then grab yourself one of [...]

    8. Good bookA nice, simple, quick read. Perfect for those who don't want to get too invested in a plot.It did its job of entertains and I'm happy. However, I do feel that it was missing that X-factor that makes a book memorable. You'll read it today; forget it tomorrow.Still a good book though!

    9. Enjoyable tale set in New Orleans, with a lawyer rather than a detective at the heart of the story. I particularly liked the description of the area and I am currently in a Cajun and Creole cooking phase, so reading this gave interesting background.

    10. A refreshing, short, entertaining read to clean the mind between two heavier-weight books. The taste of New Orleans gives these lawyer-playing-detective tales more than just average whodunit webs of deceit. Could read more of these.

    11. I enjoy these stories; the writing is decent and the story lines are entertaining without foreshadowing the plot away. 4 stars is a high score for me; I reserve 5 for “keepers” - the ones that won’t let go; that I want to re-read and make a permanent part of my library.

    12. Been to New OleansEnjoyed the problems he faced, liked the descriptions of the local food. Will read the whole series. How can you not like the city of New Orleans.

    13. Quick Fast ReadTubby Dubbonet is quite a different lawyer. All kinds of crazy situations unfurl and he seems to know exactly what to do. Enjoy

    14. Started off nicely, building up the story and then a quick rush to the end. I would have liked a bit more lead up to the end. Nonetheless an OK read.

    15. This was my first encounter with Tubby, but it will not be my last. I loved the mystery of the story along with humor. I'd love to have beer with Tubby.

    16. This was a quick and enjoyable book to read. I liked it better than the first book in the series. The characters are interesting as is the setting of New Orleans.

    17. Always enjoy a Tubby Dubonnet story; lots of action and human insight mixed with an entertaining glimpse of the seedy side of New Orleans. A good read.

    18. Great storyAn interesting story line, plenty of different action all set around New Orleans. I ended up feeling sorry for the lawyer hero. He solves everyone else's problems but can't quite solve his own love life!

    19. Very entertaining. I like this series about lawyer Tubby Dubonnet, who operates five minutes from the French Quarter in New Orleans. Great descriptions of the city, the surrounding habitats, and the food. Tubby has principles, but not enough to make him boring. A divorced dad with three mostly grown daughters, he makes middle age seem fun again. As with most series that I first become acquainted with through ebub, this is the 2nd in the series rather than the first one, but that's no problem. In [...]

    20. This is a good mystery series so far there is I think 9 in this one and as of now I plan to read them all good mystery, no bad language and nothing to graphicjust a good mystery and good character and story development

    21. This is a fun book to read and just a little demanding due to the many colorful and interesting characters. The city of New Orleans is prominently on display, and the atmosphere of the "big easy" helps tell the story. The use of detailed descriptions from time to time creates good mental images that provide a setting for the story and a feel for the characters. The story begins with a number of separate scenes involving interesting but apparently unrelated actions. Eventually it all comes togeth [...]

    22. The strongest feature of this book it the way it catches the feel of New Orleans. The second is the likeable central character of Tubby Dubonnet. Thirdly the writing is of a good standard. In the first half of the book Dubonnet takes on several seperate cases and the story is a little rambley. However I was happy to wallow in the atmosphere of the city in the company of Tubby and his friends. At the half-way point the cases start to link together and the pace picks up a little. I wouldn't call t [...]

    23. I was new to this seriesgot it as a freebie on Kindle. I thought I had nothing to lose if I didn't like it. But actually I didke it, that is. Tubby is just like most of us. Not one of the fancy lawyer types from a TV series. He has personal problems like most of us and he has a collection of friends who keep the tale interesting. New Orleans being a quirky city, there are going to be quirky people in itme nice, some crooked, some pretty darn mean. I suggest you keep a list of the characters alon [...]

    24. 21 of 75 for 2015. This is my second Tubby Dubonnet mystery, having previously read Lucky Man. Tony Dunbar packs more characters into a book that the city phone book, but somehow, keeps them all distinct, even if somehow connected, and by the end of the tale, the threads have all meshed together in a very satisfying piece of cloth. City of Beads has the mob, crooked cops, drug dealers, gambling, and, of course, a femme fatale or two. Not to mention Tubby's love for his daughters and his father's [...]

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