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, although he lives within the visitor apartment of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to l. a. hire loose. So he's shocked 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 the reason is, Karl may possibly or will not be a compulsive gambler, himself, reckoning on whom you ask.
Richard assigns his govt assistant, the unique and impressive Arrow, to paintings with Karl. She appears to be like to have a few blood from each ethnic team you could identify, and the simplest 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 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 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 via the San Francisco police, and now unearths himself attempting to make sure 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 keep an eye on of Dionysus, and should aid Karl purchase a dear baseball card.
Events retain 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 how 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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Jacie was taking her morning swim. And she didn't wear a swimsuit. She was oblivious to the morning coolness—and to me. I had to pass the swimming pool to get to the garage. I was trapped in my own house. I hesitated, not wanting to be late, then thought, what the hell. If she didn't care why should I? At least she never bothered to check whether I was home before taking her swim. I always felt guilty watching her from my window, probably because she was married to my father. But I watched her anyway.
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. "Arrow can get you access to Ned or any information you might need about him. " "Executive assistant. " "No. That's administrative assistant. And mine is a man. " I could guess what he meant by that. "However, Arrow is on a fast track to management. " One more degree than I had. And two more than my father. He spent the next five minutes exhorting me to be very careful about leaking any negative information about Dionysus.
Mr. Buchanan rotated the seat of his stool toward me and looked me up and down as he transferred a glass from which he had been drinking through a straw from his right hand to his left. " He was considerably shorter than I. His hand was cold from the glass as I shook it. I had another moment of panic, but I couldn't lie any more. " I felt I owed him an explanation. "Ned is planning to be here tonight," I said. " "You figured you might as well come inside. And you suspected you wouldn't get in if you used your real name.
Aces and Knaves by Alan Cook