Dallas Henry (Beach Money, 1991), now an Ocean City motel- owner, returns to lawyering when crusty old Judge Crenshaw hands him a package to be opened on the judge's death--and then becomes a hit-and-run victim. Informed that the judge left him $50,000 in his will, Dallas becomes suspect #1--until, with the help of brainy, gorgeous Susan, Dallas unearths a few more suspects: Mack Trial, whom the judge was suing for judicial malpractice; Pete Marjani, who offered the judge five percent in his golf-club project, then reneged; Gunderson, an ex-law partner whom he took for every cent he had; and Pamela, his part-time secretary/inamorata, who fiddled the state for over $40,000 in delinquent child-support payments. Also on hand: an escaped con, three kids on the run from abusive parents, and enough six-packs to float the Titanic. One more will die before Dallas can get back to what he likes best--surfing, sunning, and lusting after Susan. Amusing fare, with some of the best laughs coming at the expense of the legal profession, for fans of the medium-boiled detective story.