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The audience went nuts, the band started to play, and people with Kate Lee signs were, apparently spontaneously, marching up and down the aisles. Only the Virginia and New Mexico delegations sat in shocked silence. Ann pressed the speaker button on the phone on the table between Stone and her and dialed a number. Hello? a sleepy voice said. Kate, wake up. Turn on the TV. Im awake and the TV is on.more...

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he shouted, and the two of them made their escape from the studio. Pam turned back to the camera. In the absence of Mrs. Barbara Grosvenor, lets go through the rest of her history, which culminates with the explosion of Ed Eagles jet airplane at Santa Monica Airport a few days ago. Occasionally consulting her notes, Pam went on. Everyone gathered in the early evening for a drink in Stones living room. Hal Henry, an old Hollywood hand in his sixties, regaled them with stories of the towns golden years and held them rapt. Then Dino and Viv arrived with their guests, who turned out to be the police commissioner of New York and his wife, Dorothy.more...

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I think its best that I introduce you to one of them tomorrow and that he begin to assess your needs and make recommendations. I was rather hoping that you could be involved. Of course, but I think its best that you have an attorney on the ground in Los Angeles. I can be available in New York whenever Im needed. Do you not have a residence in Los Angeles? I do, at The Arrington, just up Stone Canyon, but Im normally here only two or three times a year. I may be here more often now since my son is living here, working as a film director at Centurion Studios. Ah, Hollywood.more...

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Finally regaining some order, the chairman pointed at Otero. The chair recognizes the governor of the great state of New Mexico, Pete Otero! Mr. Chairman, Otero yelled, I move that the convention nominate by acclamation as its nominee for president, Katharine Lee of Georgia! A huge affirmative roar from the audience. The chairman hammered again.more...

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Why dont you take it for the weekend and drive someplace beautiful? Down to Carmel or up to Napa? I would be delighted, Hugh said. The car is its own best salesman, Charles said. If you have any questions, make a note of them. Well have lunch early next week and Ill answer them. Wonderful, Charles. You can pick up the car here anytime Friday afternoon.more...

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How are you feeling? Much better, thank you, Peter. Weve got that casting session you set up at thre this afternoon. Will you be here for it? Billy had nearly forgotten. Yes, Peter, Ill be there after lunch.more...

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I didnt know about it until it happened, she said to one reporter. No plans for a press conference now. Youll be notified. She hung up. That was a typical conversation, she said, switching off her phone before it rang again. They could hear the phones ringing in the office next door. Ann went in there, then came back. Mollys got it under control, she said. Why dont you have a seat and take a breath, Stone said, patting the sofa next to him. Would you like a drink?more...

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Ed, how would you like to elect the next president of the United States? Personally? Personally. How do I do that? Take Otero aside and tell him that Kate is going to win it on the first ballot. Are you sure? Very nearly, Stone lied. Do it now, Ed, and it will be over. She wont need him or Willingham. Tell Otero if he throws his delegates to Kate, hell be in the good graces of the next president.more...

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I think I want to go and lie down for a little while. And, Ann, please cancel the rest of todays schedule. Anns face fell. Are you sure? I dont think it will matter, Kate said and got to her feet. They stood with her. Thank you so much for lunch, Stone, she said, then she walked toward the presidential cottage, and the two Secret Service agents standing a few yards away fell in a few paces behind her. What do you suppose that was all about?more...

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That wassomebody with security at Santa Monica Airport, he said. Sounds like somebody has vandalized my airplane. Id better get a cab out there. Stone took his last bite of omelet and put down his fork. Ill drive you, he said. Are your bags packed?more...

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