Alabama Public Radio’s Don Noble has given a glowing review of Tony Dunbar’s recent mystery Tubby Meets Katrina on Noble’s radio program Bookmark. Noble said, “It is always a treat to become acquainted with a new mystery hero. Tubby Dubonnet is such a treat.”
The seventh mystery in the Tubby Dubonnet series, Tubby Meets Katrina tells of Dubonnet’s return to New Orleans, just as Hurricane Katrina hits. In the chaos, an escaped psychopath assaults and then stalks Tubbyï¿½ï¿½ï¿½s daughter. Tubby must use his wits and his connections to protect himself and his family while trying to restore his home and help bring his beloved city back to life. The fast-paced story includes incisive vignettes of the dangerous days just after Katrina hit and of the frustrating weeks that followed.
From the review:
This novel paints a grim picture of the Crescent City in those days, the chaos at the Convention Center and on the interstate overpass, the flooding of the jail, the looting, the mysterious absence of FEMA, the incompetence of state and local authorities.
One of the strengths of the six earlier Dubonnet novels was Dunbar’s detailed, loving description of the city’s pleasures, especially the mouthwatering pleasures of New Orleans food. There is no pleasure and no food in this book. Everyone is eating canned goods or, later, meals ready to eat. Dunbar is a fine describer of food, in the tradition of Hemingway and, more recently, Jim Harrison.
We can hope that when New Orleans gets back somewhere close to normal, upcoming Tubby Dubonnet novels will again be set in the Caf?ï¿½ Du Monde, Antoine’s, and Commander’s Palace, and the characters will again be eating beignets, trout almondine, and oysters Rockefeller.
Read or listen to the full review from Alabama Public Radio. Tubby Meets Katrina is available directly from NewSouth Books, Amazon, or your local or online book retailer.