By Alan Cook

Karl Patterson, someday baseball card broker with out seen technique of help, does not get alongside all that good together with his father, even supposing he lives within the visitor apartment of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to l. a. lease loose. So he's shocked whilst Richard Patterson, who's founder and CEO of a profitable software program corporation known as Dionysus, asks for his support to figure out even if the quantity 2 guy of Dionysus, Ned Mackay, has a playing challenge. possibly for the reason that Karl may perhaps or will not be a compulsive gambler, himself, reckoning on whom you ask.

Richard assigns his government assistant, the unique and bold Arrow, to paintings with Karl. She seems to have a few blood from each ethnic crew you could identify, and the simplest of every. She is helping Karl connect to Ned, and Karl wangles a call for participation to fly with him to San Francisco, which brings up the query of what Ned's dating is to James Buchanan, a complicated 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 almost every thing worthy owning.

Before Karl could make any growth, Ned is located lifeless in San Francisco with cocaine in his vehicle. Karl is wondered by means of the San Francisco police, and now unearths himself attempting to ascertain what occurred to Ned, and what impression this can have on his father and Dionysus. questions about James stay, simply because he turns out to need to achieve regulate of Dionysus, and will aid Karl purchase a dear baseball card.

Events retain Karl concerned lengthy after his father wishes him out. earlier than 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 how to paintings with Arrow, get besides Jacie, Richard's younger spouse, try and enhance his dating along with his father, and--if he desires to survive--watch his back.

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With your sisters. " "But you still look the same. " "That was my fake hippy period. " Whoops! Wrong thing to say. " "I'm sure you know the definition of a slave. And since I have slaves in my ancestry, among the rogues and roués, I know something about slaves. " "I'm sorry. " "What? Black? " She gave a hint of a smile. I said, "Thanks for the lecture. I deserved it. " The waitress came and deposited a glass of orange juice in front of me. She asked if I wanted anything more. When I said no she put the check on the table.

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. When he left I escorted him downstairs. He shook my hand at the door and then strode rapidly past the pool to his castle, the very model of a modern CEO.

Then I asked myself what I was doing, throwing my money away. I haven't gambled since. Actually, we just went into the casino to try to get a cold drink. " "Okay, question. You said you thought Ned was betting $500 a hand. " "I was behind him, but I was close enough so that I could hear him ask the dealer what the limit was, and the dealer said $500. " "Yes. " "Did he appear to know what he was doing? " Arrow considered. " "He looked like he was having fun. " Arrow nodded. " "You said that you think he may have lost several thousand dollars while you watched.

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