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 condominium of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to la lease loose. So he's shocked while Richard Patterson, who's founder and CEO of a profitable software program corporation known as Dionysus, asks for his aid to figure out no matter if the quantity 2 guy of Dionysus, Ned Mackay, has a playing challenge. maybe this is because Karl could or is probably not a compulsive gambler, himself, reckoning on whom you ask.
Richard assigns his govt assistant, the unique and impressive Arrow, to paintings with Karl. She seems 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 perplexing 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 virtually every little thing worthy owning.
Before Karl could make any growth, Ned is located useless in San Francisco with cocaine in his motor vehicle. Karl is wondered via the San Francisco police, and now unearths himself attempting to ascertain 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 achieve 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 the way to paintings with Arrow, get in addition to Jacie, Richard's younger spouse, attempt to increase his dating together with his father, and--if he desires to survive--watch his back.
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Once you're up there it doesn't make much sense just to jump on the next plane and come back. m. flight tomorrow morning. If you take that one it'll give you another chance to talk to him. I'll get you booked into a hotel, too, but not the one Ned's in. " "You know your father better than that. And Ned's the same way when it comes to company expenses. They even fly coach on short flights like this one. " We looked at each other. I had already forgotten about that. Arrow continued, "I don't want to intrude, but Richard told me Ned is top priority and to assist you all I can.
Arrow asked, summoning a waitress. She already had a cup of coffee and there was a glass of water in front of each of us, full of ice cubes, ready to freeze my esophagus. " I'd eaten breakfast. Arrow gave the order to the waitress before I could say anything. " I asked her, trying to break the ice. "Well, number one, you look a lot like Richard—your father. " I couldn't hide my surprise. "With your sisters. " "But you still look the same. " "That was my fake hippy period. " Whoops! Wrong thing to say.
Castle: noun. c. ) To my surprise, the old man himself was striding briskly past the pool toward the guesthouse where I lived. Why was he home at this hour? He was usually in his office in Torrance by seven. More to the point, why was he coming here? I couldn't remember the last time he had set foot in the guesthouse. When we communicated with each other, which was rarely, it was in the castle. I quickly looked around; I didn't see anything incriminating, except the computer. And there was nothing I could do about that.