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Shelter from the storm

by Dunbar, Anthony P.

Format: Print Book 1997
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Mystery Fic Mys Dunbar
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Mystery
Call Number  Fic Mys Dunbar
Big-time criminal Willie LaRue flies into New Orleans for a Mardi Gras heist at the First Alluvial Bank, setting off a murderous crime spree that threatens the famous bonhomie of lawyer Tubby Dubonnet's beloved city.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "It's Fat Tuesday in the Big Easy. Businesses are closing early to give everyone a leg up on the festivities. For LaRue and his two henchmen, it's a good day for a bank robbery. The caper goes well, but while the trio is in the bank, the city is overwhelmed with a torrential downpour. Power is out, and even the cobblestone streets of the French Quarter are submerged. LaRue and company make their getaway in a confiscated canoe, but they panic and shoot a woman who tries to get in the canoe with them. The victim was lawyer Tubby Dubonnet's client, and though Tubby's not too tough, he's tenacious--so much so that he and his friend Marguerite eventually wind up as hostages while LaRue plots his escape. The fourth Dubonnet novel traces the same tongue-in-cheek path as its predecessors. It's packed with local color, whimsy, and witty dialogue, though with a dark edge. A good series that gets better with each entry. --Wes Lukowsky"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In his fourth mystery (Trick Question, 1997) about deceptively laid-back New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet, Dunbar takes a big chance and comes up with the best book in the series. He makes a natural disaster‘a huge rainstorm that drowns the city and threatens to wash out its entire Mardi Gras celebration‘a major character, affecting the outcome of various crimes and schemes and stirring things up for everyone. Tubby, who starts the book short of money, work and self-esteem, rises to the occasion along with the water level. He loses a client in the flooded streets, shares a hotel room with a friendly, slightly larcenous female tourist from Chicago and then stumbles upon a trio of bank robbers whose agenda is linked to a typically noisome old New Orleans property swindle. Along the way, of course, the hefty ex-college wrestler Dubonnet gets to eat some great grub (it wouldn't be a Big Easy book without a fried oyster po-boy sandwich or a serving of Crabmeat Imperial with Roasted Pecans) and remark on the city's unique ambiance. But unlike other books set in New Orleans (including earlier Dunbar efforts), the atmosphere isn't painted by the numbers. In conjuring up the havoc that a few days of relentless rain could wreak on the city's fragile infrastructure, the author convinces the reader to care about its fate. The same can be said of Dubonnet‘a lazy, corner-cutting, slightly shabby, occasionally reckless but totally decent man who turns out to be much more than a passing tourist attraction. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Tubby Dubonnet mystery
#1 - Crooked man
#2 - City of beads
#3 - Trick question
#4 - Shelter from the storm
#5 - The Crime czar
#6 - Lucky man
#7 - Tubby meets Katrina
Subjects Carnival -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Fiction.
Bank robberies -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Fiction.
New Orleans (La.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :G.P. Putnam's Sons,1997
Language English
Notes "A Tubby Dubonnet mystery"--Jacket.
Description 226 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 0399143017 (alk. paper)
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