By Alan Cook
Karl Patterson, someday baseball card broker with out noticeable technique of aid, does not get alongside all that good along with his father, although he lives within the visitor condo of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to la lease unfastened. So he's shocked whilst 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. possibly the reason is, Karl may perhaps or is probably not a compulsive gambler, himself, reckoning on whom you ask.
Richard assigns his government assistant, the unique and bold Arrow, to paintings with Karl. She looks to have a few blood from each ethnic staff 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 courting is to James Buchanan, a difficult one who likes puzzles, runs what seems to be an unlawful playing on line casino, and is CEO of a San Francisco conglomerate that owns a bit of almost every thing worthy owning.
Before Karl could make any growth, Ned is located lifeless in San Francisco with cocaine in his automobile. Karl is wondered via the San Francisco police, and now unearths himself attempting to be sure what occurred to Ned, and what impact this may have on his father and Dionysus. questions on James stay, simply because he turns out to need to realize keep an eye on of Dionysus, and will aid Karl purchase a dear baseball card.
Events maintain Karl concerned lengthy after his father desires 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 tips on how to paintings with Arrow, get in addition to Jacie, Richard's younger spouse, try and increase his courting together with his father, and--if he desires to survive--watch his back.
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Jacie said, "This is the first time I've ever seen Karl bring a woman home with him. " She laughed. " We made it around the corner before she could say anything more. "I take it Jacie espouses Richard's line," Arrow said, as we got into her car. " Chapter 4 NED "Your plan looks very professional," Ned said as he glanced through it. He read some more. "I don't know anything about sports memorabilia. " "I'll never know until I try," I said, attempting to keep a straight face and making a mental note that if I ever did start a serious business to steal Arrow away from Dionysus.
I always felt guilty watching her from my window, probably because she was married to my father. But I watched her anyway. I went down the stairs and out the door. I closed it and locked the dead bolt with exaggerated slowness to give Jacie time to cover up. I needn't have bothered. As I walked past the pool she was floating on her back. I hurried my steps, not looking directly at her. " Jacie's looks might have gotten her into silent films, but she couldn't make it into the talkies because of the harshness of her voice.
Something was wrong; Ned was lecturing me as if I were the compulsive gambler instead of him. Maybe I could build on this. I said, "You’ve got to spend money to make money. " "I never bet the lottery. The odds aren't good enough. " Ned looked relieved. "But on some of the other games, you can swing the odds in your favor. Like blackjack. " "You win more often with a ten-rich deck. So if you count the cards you bet more when there are proportionately more tens. Of course most casinos play with four or more decks now, which makes counting harder.