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 supposing he lives within the visitor apartment 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 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. possibly the reason for this is that Karl might or is probably not a compulsive gambler, himself, looking on whom you ask.
Richard assigns his government assistant, the unique and impressive Arrow, to paintings with Karl. She appears to be like to have a few blood from each ethnic workforce 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 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 little thing worthy owning.
Before Karl could make any growth, Ned is located lifeless in San Francisco with cocaine in his vehicle. Karl is puzzled by way of the San Francisco police, and now reveals himself attempting to be sure what occurred to Ned, and what influence this may have on his father and Dionysus. questions on James stay, simply because he turns out to need to realize regulate of Dionysus, and should aid Karl purchase a pricey baseball card.
Events retain Karl concerned lengthy after his father desires him out. earlier than 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 paintings with Arrow, get besides Jacie, Richard's younger spouse, try and enhance his dating along with his father, and--if he desires to survive--watch his back.
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Build up the volume for a couple of years, do an IPO while retaining the majority of stock for yourself. Instant billionaire. " "I'm afraid there isn't much chance of that. " "I'm not surprised. " We reached Ned's car, a new Lexus. He stopped at the door and said, "New ventures are always exciting. If I weren't so busy right now I'd spend some time with you. Go over your business plan. " I nodded without thinking. "Maybe in a few weeks we'll get together. " He shook his head. " He opened the door and got into the car.
I'm in the process of starting a business—selling old baseball cards on the Internet. " I knew that Ned had helped start several businesses in his career. com, eh? Build up the volume for a couple of years, do an IPO while retaining the majority of stock for yourself. Instant billionaire. " "I'm afraid there isn't much chance of that. " "I'm not surprised. " We reached Ned's car, a new Lexus. He stopped at the door and said, "New ventures are always exciting. If I weren't so busy right now I'd spend some time with you.
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. " I grinned. "That makes it more interesting, doesn't t? " "Oh, here and there. Look, if you want to gamble, here's what you do.