By John D. MacDonald
Sam Glidden owed all his luck to the possibilities he'd acquired from Thomas McGann, president of the Harrison company. yet now McGann used to be lifeless, and Mike Dean, a wildly flamboyant company speculator, used to be trying to upload the Harrison company to his lengthy checklist of conquests. McGann's spoiled offspring, Tommy and Louise, observed the opportunity to make quick enormous dollars through promoting out their stocks. yet Sam Glidden could not stand to determine every little thing he'd labored for wolfed up via a barracuda like Mike Dean. So he wangled a call for participation to the sand-and-surf soiree Dean deliberate for Louise and Tommy within the Bahamas ...
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Oh, I know all about that, Sam. " Tommy was up front between the pilots, bending over them and talking. Warren had sat down in the rear of the plane and was looking at a magazine. Louise was looking out the window, and her look of holiday had faded. " I asked Puss. She bit her lip. "Hmmm. How interesting do we want to make it? " "That’s too damn interesting. That would make my hands sweat. * "Done. " By the time Ricky served lunch, I was a hundred and eighty-eight dollars to the good and she was furious at me, at the cards and at herself.
As we came closer I could see a pool to the left of the house, with umbrellas and people lying around in the sun, and a tiny figure of somebody in a white coat carrying a tray of drinks. To the right of the main house, back in the pines, were several smaller structures. There was a cruiser about forty-five feet long moored to the dock, as well as several skiffs with outboard motors. A hundred yards to the left of the dock, along the semicircle of sand beach, a small float plane was pulled up against the sand and moored with long lines tied to palms.
He nodded dubiously and said something about getting another leg to stand on, and went back to Ricky’s department with his empty glass. "That wasn’t very kind, Sam," Louise said. " I felt my face get hot. "I didn’t mean it to sound that way. I just meant that . " "Damn it, Louise, you don’t . " She smiled in a tired way. "Sorry. " She hitched her chair toward the window and began to look down at the green and misted earth below, and I knew I had been dismissed. Puss was across the way playing solitaire at a small table.
A Man of Affairs by John D. MacDonald