Lamblet O’Lamblet, the novel’s protagonist, is an inventor. Among her notable achievements are a flab-loss tummy salve, a wand that increases hair volume by 43%, and a shearing device with melodious tunes that soothe animals in the process of being shorn. That last invention, the “Fleecer,” turned out to be a good metaphor for what was happening to her in her personal life. Her small business, built over decades, rested on a rock-solid foundation of public good will, trusted employees, and some pretty good inventions (if she did say so herself). All that was threatened by a clipper-wielding sociopath who lured her with promises of wealth and, well, wealth. It took Lamblet years before she even realized the shears were out, snipping away, but once the wool fell from her eyes she began to fight back.