Egan's lawyer-hero Jesse Falkenstein writes a will for miserly, nasty old Jan Vandeveer. . . and years later finds himself defending daughter Dulcie Vandeveer on a charge of murdering her father and mother. Dulcie is clearly innocent, and Jesse's quest for the real culprit turns up some unsavory aspects of Papa V.'s life--including blackmail, loansharking, a surprising interest in young women and porn, plus a sizeable fortune (mostly under wraps). Thus, most of this novel is spent in house-searching (for hidden treasure, keys to safe-deposit boxes), tracking down blackmail victims, and turning up an army of Vandeveer-haters. But when the vital clue comes, it has nothing to do with Jesse's efforts. Standard Egan fare--blandly likable characters, cutesy animals, limp plotting (though, happily, with no occult touches this time)--and dullish going if you're not a fan.