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By Alan Cook

Karl Patterson, someday baseball card broker with no seen technique of aid, does not get alongside all that good along with his father, even if he lives within the visitor condo of his dad's property at the Palos Verdes Peninsula close to la hire loose. So he's stunned whilst Richard Patterson, who's founder and CEO of a profitable software program corporation referred to as Dionysus, asks for his aid to figure out even if the quantity 2 guy of Dionysus, Ned Mackay, has a playing challenge. maybe reason why Karl could or will not be a compulsive gambler, himself, looking on whom you ask.

Richard assigns his government assistant, the unique and impressive Arrow, to paintings with Karl. She seems to be 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 thing worthy owning.

Before Karl could make any development, Ned is located useless in San Francisco with cocaine in his vehicle. Karl is puzzled via the San Francisco police, and now unearths himself attempting to make certain 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 need to achieve keep watch over of Dionysus, and will support Karl purchase a dear baseball card.

Events preserve 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 the way to paintings with Arrow, get besides 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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Upstairs, the guesthouse contained two rooms plus a bathroom. The first room we came to was my office, so there was no avoiding the computer. When my father saw it he stopped and did a double take. It wasn't quite the latest model, but it did have a large monitor, color printer, scanner and high-speed Internet hookup. Of course he understood what he was seeing. Richard Patterson was founder and CEO of a successful software company and computers were his life. But he didn't say anything and I quickly led the way into the next room, which I used as a living room.

And your expenses. " I stopped myself before blurting out that I didn't want his money. I was trying to become a businessman so I should act like one. But I still had the need to show some independence, so I said, "I don't need an advance. " "Immediately. " Not that I was going to admit to him. " "Work that out with Arrow. " "Arrow? " "Yes. And she's very sharp. " "I'll get him treatment. " Treatment only works if the subject is cooperative. My father had tried to get me to join Gamblers Anonymous and failed.

If I were going to start traveling I would need to get a credit card again. But I didn’t want any part of rushing from one appointment to another all day and all night. If this defined the life of a corporate executive I would stick to selling baseball cards. No wonder Ned appeared to be under stress. Maybe he was just suffering from burnout. I could understand that. But would my father understand a concept like burnout? I doubted it. Anyway, my job was just to find out whether or not Ned was a compulsive gambler.

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