By Alan Cook
Karl Patterson, someday baseball card broker with no seen technique of aid, does not get alongside all that good together with his father, even supposing he lives within the visitor condominium of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to la hire unfastened. 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. maybe the reason is, Karl may well 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 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 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 virtually 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 confirm what occurred to Ned, and what impression this may have on his father and Dionysus. questions about James stay, simply because he turns out to wish to realize keep watch over of Dionysus, and will aid Karl purchase a dear baseball card.
Events continue Karl concerned lengthy after his father wishes him out. ahead of 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 one can paintings with Arrow, get in addition to Jacie, Richard's younger spouse, try and increase his dating along with his father, and--if he desires to survive--watch his back.
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Arrow had assured me that my dress was appropriate; most of the members wouldn't be wearing ties. She was right. These were the men and women who supplied the goods and services that made every city and town in the country work. Division of labor begets high productivity begets the high standard of living enjoyed by us, residents of the richest country in the world. Most of the time we don't appreciate it. Suddenly grateful, I gave silent thanks for these people, even though I wouldn't have traded places with any of them.
I didn't know one spoke to a company president like that. I suspected Arrow didn't speak to my father like that. Or maybe she did. She introduced me as Richard's son and told him that I was thinking of joining Rotary. "It's a good organization," Ned said, giving me a numbing handshake. "You look a lot like your old man. " He had a husky voice that could have come from smoking; Arrow had told me he had stopped several years ago. He sat down between us. "I met you once at a company picnic when I was 15 or 16," I said.
I was shocked at my chutzpah. " Ned considered me for a few seconds and I thought he was going to turn me down. Then he grinned his lopsided grin, as if the two sides of his face weren't quite in synch. "Damn it, if you're willing to do it, I am. I'm on a United flight leaving at four. " He started the car and drove away. Arrow was looking at me with what I interpreted as admiration. " "I wouldn't have thought of it. I'll ask Richard's admin to get you an electronic ticket and a seat beside Ned.
Aces and Knaves by Alan Cook