By Alan Cook
Karl Patterson, someday baseball card broker with no seen technique of help, does not get alongside all that good along with his father, although he lives within the visitor condominium of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to l. a. hire loose. So he's stunned while Richard Patterson, who's founder and CEO of a winning 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 may well or will not be a compulsive gambler, himself, counting 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 crew 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 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 section of almost every thing worthy owning.
Before Karl could make any development, Ned is located useless in San Francisco with cocaine in his motor vehicle. Karl is wondered through the San Francisco police, and now reveals himself attempting to be certain 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 need to realize regulate of Dionysus, and should aid Karl purchase a dear baseball card.
Events maintain Karl concerned lengthy after his father wishes him out. ahead of 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 one can paintings with Arrow, get besides Jacie, Richard's younger spouse, attempt to increase his dating along with his father, and--if he desires to survive--watch his back.
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I surreptitiously watched him. He dressed well, like my father, in a conservative suit, but aside from that they presented a contrast in appearance. Whatever his problem was, it hadn't affected his appetite. He put away everything that was offered to him, including the usual, sugar-rich dessert and several glasses of iced tea. Then the speaker of the day, who addressed the importance of proper estate planning, made talk impossible. Since I didn't have an estate I daydreamed about owning the Honus Wagner baseball card that had recently sold for close to a million dollars.
I'd like to get your advice. I'm in the process of starting a business—selling old baseball cards on the Internet. " I knew that Ned had helped start several businesses in his career. com, eh? Build up the volume for a couple of years, do an IPO while retaining the majority of stock for yourself. Instant billionaire. " "I'm afraid there isn't much chance of that. " "I'm not surprised. " We reached Ned's car, a new Lexus. He stopped at the door and said, "New ventures are always exciting. If I weren't so busy right now I'd spend some time with you.
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. In addition, it was a challenge. I like challenges. " My father exhaled again; this time it sounded like a sigh of relief.