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Well, I found that Tony Dunbar conveyed this new-to-me sub-genre in a very entertaining and compelling manner and now it has become a new favorite.
It starts out with discovery of a thoroughly frozen body by the janitor of a medical lab. When he opens the door to the freezer the body tumbles out and the head rolls across the floor!
Tubby Dubonnet of New Orleans finds himself defending the janitor on murder charges with only a week to prepare. Tubby calls in the troops for the discovery and finds all manner of surprising facts about Cletus (the janitor-voodoo practitioner), the victim and a slew of hidden suspects.
"Dunbar’s understated, syncopated delivery makes you wonder if there are enough honest men in New Orleans for a rubber of bridge" -Kirkus