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 if he lives within the visitor condo of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to l. a. lease loose. So he's shocked while Richard Patterson, who's founder and CEO of a profitable software program corporation referred to as Dionysus, asks for his support to figure out even if the quantity 2 guy of Dionysus, Ned Mackay, has a playing challenge. might be this is because Karl might or will not be a compulsive gambler, himself, looking 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 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 dating is to James Buchanan, a confusing 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 bit of almost every little 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 make certain what occurred to Ned, and what influence this may have on his father and Dionysus. questions about James stay, simply because he turns out to need to achieve keep an eye on of Dionysus, and should support Karl purchase a dear baseball card.

Events continue 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 how you can paintings with Arrow, get in addition to Jacie, Richard's younger spouse, try and enhance his courting along with his father, and--if he desires to survive--watch his back.

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Arrow smiled, as I had hoped she would. I said, "Well, when can I meet Mr. " I didn't say what I was thinking. That I was free for lunch only because my father had twisted my arm. " "Good. That's the best opportunity because Ned is flying to San Francisco this afternoon. The local Rotary Club meets at noon at the Marriott. Ned and I represent Dionysus. You can go as my guest. I'll fix it so you sit next to Ned. The only thing is, we have to invent a cover story for you, a plausible reason for you to be there.

I kept quiet. "Which brings me to the question of how you can afford the computer? " The conversation, which had started out as being merely very unpleasant, was getting ugly. Sometimes I wish I had never let that deception get going. It began as a misunderstanding that I didn't bother to correct, since it ended my father's hounding me to come into the business, get married and have children. But it caused more problems than it solved. Now if I told him I wasn't gay he wouldn't believe me. I continued playing the strong, silent type, while boiling inside.

He's wealthy and somewhat eccentric. He has part of his house set up like a casino. Of course, having a real casino in your home is strictly illegal; you'll never see any money changing hands. But if you want to gamble, I guarantee you can do it there. " I was confused. " "As I say, no money changes hands. And Buchanan is an influential man. " 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.

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