Portland cop-turned-sculptor Adam McCleet just wants to be left alone to work himself out of his latest artistic rut, but his nagging sister Margot insists that he find out what's happened to her husband, Phillip Stang, AWOL from an orthodontists' convention in Seattle. So Adam -- leaving his ailing mentor, his orgasmic gallery owner, and her effeminate but heterosexual assistant behind -- heads up to the big city and deep into sitcom trouble. Minutes after Adam's broken into Phil's hotel room, he's picked up by hotel security and the local police. A boorish cop takes such an instant dislike to him that he drags him on a long ride to see the crustacean-chewed body of a man who isn't even Phil. Has Phil become the fourth victim of the Yuppie Ripper, who preys on visiting professional men? Will chasing a pair of suspicious hookers in the convention's Toothmobile give Adam some fast answers? Will he ever learn the provenance of the new anesthetic ""that makes you feel like a teenager and gives a man a 24-hour erection""? Or will the return of Phil, dumped on the steps of a Portland hospital minus a kidney, take the pressure off Adam and bring this cheerful, cutesy story to a premature end? (No such luck on this last one: Phil solemnly adjures him: ""Adam, I want you to avenge my kidney."") A brash, friendly, eager-to-please first novel whose cast of comic types makes it as good-natured and mysterious as a rerun of Get Smart!