By Alan Cook
Karl Patterson, someday baseball card broker with out noticeable technique of help, does not get alongside all that good together with his father, although he lives within the visitor apartment of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to l. a. hire unfastened. So he's shocked whilst Richard Patterson, who's founder and CEO of a profitable software program corporation referred to as Dionysus, asks for his support to figure out even if the quantity 2 guy of Dionysus, Ned Mackay, has a playing challenge. probably the reason is, Karl could or is probably not a compulsive gambler, himself, looking on whom you ask.
Richard assigns his govt assistant, the unique and bold Arrow, to paintings with Karl. She seems to be to have a few blood from each ethnic team you could identify, and the easiest of every. She is helping Karl hook up with Ned, and Karl wangles a call for participation to fly with him to San Francisco, which brings up the query of what Ned's courting is to James Buchanan, a confusing one that likes puzzles, runs what seems to be an unlawful playing on line casino, and is CEO of a San Francisco conglomerate that owns a bit of virtually every thing worthy owning.
Before Karl could make any growth, Ned is located useless in San Francisco with cocaine in his motor vehicle. Karl is puzzled by way of the San Francisco police, and now reveals himself attempting to ascertain what occurred to Ned, and what impact this can have on his father and Dionysus. questions about James stay, simply because he turns out to need to realize keep an eye on of Dionysus, and should aid Karl purchase a dear baseball card.
Events continue Karl concerned lengthy after his father desires him out. ahead of he is via, he will be a common flyer among L.A. and San Francisco, with sidetrips to Scotland and England. he'll need to methods to paintings with Arrow, get in addition to Jacie, Richard's younger spouse, attempt to increase his dating along with his father, and--if he desires to survive--watch his back.
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Ned had driven me to my hotel and then gone directly to his business meeting, which was supposed to start at seven. Fortunately, his meeting wasn't far from my hotel or I would have blamed myself for him being late. He said he would check into his own hotel after we left James Buchanan's home. m. The guarantee was made with a credit card. If I were going to start traveling I would need to get a credit card again. But I didn’t want any part of rushing from one appointment to another all day and all night.
Find out his attitude toward gambling. " Because I didn't know when to stop. But could I really accomplish anything? I glanced at my father. I hadn't seen him look so worried in a long time. I owed him something, if only because he hadn't kicked me out of the guesthouse when I was down on my luck. " "That's sleazy. Besides, I don't want to bring in an outsider. " Was the price of the stock all he worried about? I didn't know whether to be flattered or angry. He comes to me once in a lifetime for help and it's because of my gambling.
That's administrative assistant. And mine is a man. " I could guess what he meant by that. "However, Arrow is on a fast track to management. " One more degree than I had. And two more than my father. He spent the next five minutes exhorting me to be very careful about leaking any negative information about Dionysus. And not to make Ned suspicious about what we were doing. He needed my help, but he still didn't trust me. Even so, he apparently valued my judgment, at least in this one area—my area of expertise—compulsive gambling.
Aces and Knaves by Alan Cook