By Alan Cook

Karl Patterson, someday baseball card broker with out noticeable technique of help, does not get alongside all that good together with his father, even supposing he lives within the visitor apartment of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to l. a. lease unfastened. So he's stunned whilst Richard Patterson, who's founder and CEO of a winning software program corporation referred to as Dionysus, asks for his support to figure out no matter if the quantity 2 guy of Dionysus, Ned Mackay, has a playing challenge. maybe the reason is, Karl might 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 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 courting 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 almost every thing worthy owning.

Before Karl could make any growth, Ned is located useless in San Francisco with cocaine in his vehicle. Karl is wondered through the San Francisco police, and now unearths himself attempting to verify what occurred to Ned, and what impression it will have on his father and Dionysus. questions on James stay, simply because he turns out to wish to realize regulate of Dionysus, and should support Karl purchase a dear baseball card.

Events continue Karl concerned lengthy after his father wishes 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 the way to 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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As we approached San Francisco International Airport, Ned became quieter. I could almost feel his powerful muscles tensing beside me. I asked him about the dinner he was attending, but all he would say is that it was a routine business meeting for Dionysus. As we made our over-the-bay approach to the runway I got the distinct impression that he didn't want to land. *** The evening was cool and clear, with no fog in sight. I was thankful for that because it would make my walk to the home of James Buchanan more fun.

I was behind him, but I was close enough so that I could hear him ask the dealer what the limit was, and the dealer said $500. " "Yes. " "Did he appear to know what he was doing? " Arrow considered. " "He looked like he was having fun. " Arrow nodded. " "You said that you think he may have lost several thousand dollars while you watched. " "Well, assuming he was betting $500 a hand, he would win some and lose some on each deal, unless the dealer got a real good hand or busted. I know busted means the dealer exceeded 21.

I hummed "Grant Avenue" from Flower Drum Song as I walked diagonally left on Columbus, at Broadway, where, I had been told by my father, topless dancing was popularized at the Condor Club in the sixties by a woman named Carol Doda who danced on top of a piano. She had also reportedly had her breasts enlarged, which may have started another trend. The Condor Club was still there, but Carol Doda was long gone. I was soon in a quieter part of town, with fewer people about, but I wasn't apprehensive.

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