Another frenetic adventure for ex-nurse, now p.i. Edwina Crusoe (Cadaver, p. 218, etc.)--independently wealthy and married to Lieutenant Martin McIntyre of the New Haven police. Dresden- doll-like Theresa Whitlock has come to Edwina with a weird story of being persecuted by a dead man--one Thomas Riordan, a jeweler who'd been blown up in his Mercedes by hit-man Ricky Zimmerman, himself found murdered soon after. Then, leaving Edwina's office, a huge, unasked-for check left on her desk, Theresa is shot dead. So starts our heroine's involvement with Theresa's seemingly grief-stricken dentist husband Perry; her onetime partner in prostitution Jennifer Warren; Jennifer's pimp Tim DiNardis; Zimmerman's ferocious sister Carlotta, and Riordan's widow, the elegant Madalyn--except that Madalyn may not be a widow at all, since Riordan's dental records don't match the corpse in the bombed-out car. There's more, much more, before Theresa's unamazing murderer is nailed--all of it interspersed with the doings of Maxie the cat and Edwina's troubles with an aching tooth. Not in a class with root-canal work, but at times seeming as protracted.