Unconventional New Orleans lawyer Tubby Dubonnet finds himself caught in a twisted medical mystery. When a security guard at Moskowitz Memorial Laboratory discovers maintenance worker Cletus Busters with the frozen head of the lab's most prestigious researcher in his hands, it seems the janitor will go straight to jail. Busters won't say much, but he swears he's innocent, and the court assigns Mickey O'Rourke, a down-on-hisluck, alcoholic attorney, to his case. O'Rourke, woefully unprepared and desperate for help, turns to Tubby, who accepts the challenge, hoping the unusual nature of the crime will generate some profitable publicity. At the same time, Tubby takes on a new client - a female boxer with an abusive boyfriend - and referees the romantic entanglements of his ex-wife and three teenage daughters. As Buster's trial proceeds, and the jury savors the startling evidence, the danger mounts. Revealing the murderer could prove to be Tubby's biggest triumph - or his last case, ever.
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