A gimmicky first novel introducing clown/juggler Pat Arnold (the Archie Goodwin role) and rich, smart, attorney/part-time super-sleuth and freelance clown D.L. Blacker (Nero Wolfe wannabe), who meet when both are hired by obnoxious wheeler-dealer Gary Johnson to play the Mega-Bank employee party. Also on hand to entertain: Gary's gorgeous, much-cheated-on wife Donna; his discarded mistress Pam; his brother and partner Bob, the tech man for the party; and disc jockey Andy Costello and his strong-as-an- ox sweetie, Debby--both eager to break Andy's management contract with the career-stifling Gary. Then someone, mid-party, cleaves Gary's skull with one of Pat's juggling machetes. Whodunit? The suspects are trotted out one-by-one (as are the red herrings), but one more will die before D.L. enlightens the cops and Pat as to what's been going on. Most readers, however, will have left the party early. Dull and predictable. The first in a series, which can only improve.