By Alan Cook
Karl Patterson, someday baseball card broker with no obvious technique of aid, does not get alongside all that good together with his father, even supposing he lives within the visitor condo of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to la hire unfastened. So he's stunned 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. might be this is because Karl may possibly or will not be a compulsive gambler, himself, counting on whom you ask.
Richard assigns his govt assistant, the unique and bold Arrow, to paintings with Karl. She appears to be like 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 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 section of virtually every little thing worthy owning.
Before Karl could make any development, Ned is located useless in San Francisco with cocaine in his vehicle. Karl is wondered by means of the San Francisco police, and now reveals himself attempting to verify 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 regulate of Dionysus, and should 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 paintings with Arrow, get in addition to 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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Immediately. " Not that I was going to admit to him. " "Work that out with Arrow. " "Arrow? " "Yes. And she's very sharp. " "I'll get him treatment. " Treatment only works if the subject is cooperative. My father had tried to get me to join Gamblers Anonymous and failed. But then, I wasn't a compulsive gambler. " I didn't want to participate in the ruin of Ned Mackay, even though I didn't really know him. But I had to admit that my father appeared to have a problem. And I didn't see any quick and easy solution.
Castle: noun. c. ) To my surprise, the old man himself was striding briskly past the pool toward the guesthouse where I lived. Why was he home at this hour? He was usually in his office in Torrance by seven. More to the point, why was he coming here? I couldn't remember the last time he had set foot in the guesthouse. When we communicated with each other, which was rarely, it was in the castle. I quickly looked around; I didn't see anything incriminating, except the computer. And there was nothing I could do about that.
Ned wrote an address on the back of one of his business cards and handed it to me. I glanced at it briefly and put it in my pocket. " I asked. "It's a private home, owned by a man named James Buchanan. " "No. " "If you follow the business news you might have. He's wealthy and somewhat eccentric. He has part of his house set up like a casino. Of course, having a real casino in your home is strictly illegal; you'll never see any money changing hands. But if you want to gamble, I guarantee you can do it there.
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