By Alan Cook
Karl Patterson, someday baseball card broker with no noticeable technique of aid, does not get alongside all that good along with his father, even supposing he lives within the visitor condominium of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to la hire unfastened. So he's shocked while Richard Patterson, who's founder and CEO of a profitable software program corporation known as Dionysus, asks for his aid to figure out even if the quantity 2 guy of Dionysus, Ned Mackay, has a playing challenge. probably this is why 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 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 perplexing 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 virtually 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 via the San Francisco police, and now reveals himself attempting to be certain what occurred to Ned, and what impact it will have on his father and Dionysus. questions on James stay, simply because he turns out to wish to realize keep an eye on of Dionysus, and should aid Karl purchase a pricey baseball card.
Events hold Karl concerned lengthy after his father wishes 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 how to paintings with Arrow, get in addition to Jacie, Richard's younger spouse, attempt to increase his courting together with his father, and--if he desires to survive--watch his back.
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And I've heard stories about her. " "Yes, but she wasn't in the same class with the girls whose names end in ova. " I unlocked the door of the guesthouse and we went inside. I wished I had made the bed. I led the way up the stairs and to the computer. I pressed the button to boot it. Arrow looked out the north window. "What a view you've got! " "Richard—your father—has told me things about you. Based on talking to you so far, I gather that some of those things might not be completely accurate. " She was tied up in her underwear.
Sorry. Guilty as charged. " "How do you sell them? " "Card shows. But mostly, on the Internet, through auction sites like eBay. " Arrow considered this for a moment. Then she said, "Good. " Arrow paid the tab. She declined help, even with the tip, saying she would put it on her expense account. We walked outside together. The cloud that I had seen earlier from above, blanketing the basin, was gone and the sun shone brightly. The temperature was in the seventies. I walked Arrow to her car, a late-model Acura, befitting a rising young executive.
Desperation time. Ned, Arrow said you were flying to San Francisco this afternoon. " I was shocked at my chutzpah. " Ned considered me for a few seconds and I thought he was going to turn me down. Then he grinned his lopsided grin, as if the two sides of his face weren't quite in synch. "Damn it, if you're willing to do it, I am. I'm on a United flight leaving at four. " He started the car and drove away. Arrow was looking at me with what I interpreted as admiration. " "I wouldn't have thought of it.
Aces and Knaves by Alan Cook