By Alan Cook

Karl Patterson, someday baseball card broker with out noticeable technique of aid, does not get alongside all that good together with his father, although he lives within the visitor residence of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to l. a. lease 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 support to figure out no matter if the quantity 2 guy of Dionysus, Ned Mackay, has a playing challenge. probably the reason for this is that Karl may well or will not be a compulsive gambler, himself, reckoning 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 staff 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 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 almost every thing worthy owning.

Before Karl could make any development, Ned is located lifeless in San Francisco with cocaine in his vehicle. Karl is puzzled through the San Francisco police, and now unearths himself attempting to confirm what occurred to Ned, and what impression this can have on his father and Dionysus. questions on James stay, simply because he turns out to wish to achieve keep an eye on of Dionysus, and will aid Karl purchase a pricey baseball card.

Events preserve Karl concerned lengthy after his father desires him out. sooner 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 find out how to paintings with Arrow, get in addition to Jacie, Richard's younger spouse, try and increase his dating along with his father, and--if he desires to survive--watch his back.

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The honey in her voice made me shiver. Sometimes after I did my thing with clients and computers, if she didn't have to work late we went to her apartment and cooked dinner together. well, let's just say that she had satin skin. But no dinner with Esther today. I forced myself to get back on track and hung up after a few more sentences. I got on the computer and played a quick game of hearts. That's my tension reliever. I had bad luck and ate the queen of spades a couple of times, but then I shot the moon and beat the three computer-generated players, as I usually do.

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. Maybe I could keep him downstairs. I raced down the stairs, two at a time; the carpeted steps tickled my bare feet. I arrived at the bottom just as he knocked sharply on the door.

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.

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