By Alan Cook
Karl Patterson, someday baseball card broker with out seen technique of aid, does not get alongside all that good together with his father, even supposing he lives within the visitor residence of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to l. a. lease loose. So he's stunned whilst Richard Patterson, who's founder and CEO of a winning software program corporation referred to as Dionysus, asks for his aid to figure out no matter if the quantity 2 guy of Dionysus, Ned Mackay, has a playing challenge. maybe the reason is, Karl could or is probably not a compulsive gambler, himself, counting on whom you ask.
Richard assigns his government assistant, the unique and impressive Arrow, to paintings with Karl. She seems to be to have a few blood from each ethnic crew 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 section of almost every thing worthy owning.
Before Karl could make any development, Ned is located lifeless in San Francisco with cocaine in his automobile. Karl is puzzled via the San Francisco police, and now unearths himself attempting to ascertain what occurred to Ned, and what impact this may have on his father and Dionysus. questions about James stay, simply because he turns out to need to achieve keep watch over 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 widespread flyer among L.A. and San Francisco, with sidetrips to Scotland and England. he'll need to find out how to paintings with Arrow, get besides Jacie, Richard's younger spouse, attempt to enhance his dating together with his father, and--if he desires to survive--watch his back.
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Even though I had never been inside the Marriott, it was familiar to me; I could see it from my hillside window. I could see all the major buildings of Torrance, including the one that had lights on the top in the shape of a Christmas tree during the holiday season. A hotel staff member pointed the way to the room where the Rotary Club met. I was one of the first ones there. Arrow hadn't arrived yet so I waited outside the meeting room door and watched the members come in. Arrow had assured me that my dress was appropriate; most of the members wouldn't be wearing ties.
And Ned's the same way when it comes to company expenses. They even fly coach on short flights like this one. " We looked at each other. I had already forgotten about that. Arrow continued, "I don't want to intrude, but Richard told me Ned is top priority and to assist you all I can. I'd be willing to help you put one together. " Arrow looked at her watch. " I was embarrassed and somewhat miffed that I had to have Arrow's help, but she was the one with the MBA. All I had was a degree in Psychology.
Her skin was darker than mine and she had short black hair in tight curls. " Arrow asked, summoning a waitress. She already had a cup of coffee and there was a glass of water in front of each of us, full of ice cubes, ready to freeze my esophagus. " I'd eaten breakfast. Arrow gave the order to the waitress before I could say anything. " I asked her, trying to break the ice. "Well, number one, you look a lot like Richard—your father. " I couldn't hide my surprise. "With your sisters. " "But you still look the same.
Aces and Knaves by Alan Cook