By Alan Cook
Karl Patterson, someday baseball card broker with no noticeable technique of help, does not get alongside all that good along with his father, even if he lives within the visitor residence of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to la lease unfastened. So he's stunned 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. maybe for the reason that Karl may perhaps or is probably not a compulsive gambler, himself, reckoning on whom you ask.
Richard assigns his government assistant, the unique and bold Arrow, to paintings with Karl. She appears to be like to have a few blood from each ethnic staff you could identify, and the easiest 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 difficult 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 development, Ned is located lifeless in San Francisco with cocaine in his motor vehicle. Karl is puzzled via the San Francisco police, and now unearths himself attempting to confirm what occurred to Ned, and what impression it will have on his father and Dionysus. questions about James stay, simply because he turns out to wish to realize keep watch over of Dionysus, and should aid Karl purchase a dear baseball card.
Events hold Karl concerned lengthy after his father desires him out. sooner than 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 how to paintings with Arrow, get in addition to Jacie, Richard's younger spouse, try and increase his courting along with his father, and--if he desires to survive--watch his back.
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I was thankful for that because it would make my walk to the home of James Buchanan more fun. Using the San Francisco street map I had acquired at the front desk of my hotel, I estimated that I had to walk between two and three miles. Since I ran five or six miles every morning, a little walk was nothing. Of course I could take a taxi, but I did my best thinking outside where I wasn't closed in. And getting to my destination under my own power made me feel more in control when I got there. Ned had driven me to my hotel and then gone directly to his business meeting, which was supposed to start at seven.
My father had driven the BMW this morning, as he usually did. Jacie liked to drive the Mercedes. I often drove the red 1966 Jaguar XKE Roadster, but today I wanted something inconspicuous. The least conspicuous car was a beige Toyota Camry. It had been Jacie's before she married my father, but now she never drove it. By moving the Mercedes I was able to free the Toyota and back it out of the garage. I activated the electronic gate across the driveway with my remote and drove through the fence. As I started along the street, mindful of the residential 25 mile-per-hour speed limit, I glanced at my watch and realized I was going to be late for my appointment.
The only thing is, we have to invent a cover story for you, a plausible reason for you to be there. " Would she laugh? " Arrow looked hard at me. " "Yes. " "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.
Aces and Knaves by Alan Cook