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Gathering himself he strode up the broad steps and went in. "Evening, Mr. Dunross," the Chinese concierge said. " The man pressed the elevator button for him. When the elevator stopped, Dunross walked across the small hall, knocked and went into the penthouse living room. "Evening, taipan," he said with cold formality. Alastair Struan was leaning against the fine fireplace. He was a big, ruddy, well-kept Scotsman with a slight paunch and white hair, in his sixties, and he had ruled Struan's for eleven years.
How much stock have we? " Alastair hesitated. " "Of course. But our compradore is to be trusted, absolutely," Dunross said, giving the old man face, knowing how much it had hurt to be dominated in front of Alastair Struan. " Dunross gasped and so did Phillip Chen and he wanted to shout, Jesus bloody Christ, we have 15 percent and Phillip another,6 percent and you haven't had the sodding intelligence to use what's got to be a major interest to get us major funding when we're almost bankrupt? But instead he reached forward and poured the remains of the bottle into the three glasses and this gave him time to stop the pounding of his heart.
Oh that's slang for difficult. " "It's a matter of security, Mr. Bartlett, not money. " Also it will be far easier for Special Intelligence to monitor your calls, he thought. " Armstrong sipped the coffee. " "Yes sir. My first time in Ash. " "Sergeant, Engineers. Construction we used to build anything: hangars, bridges, camps, anything. " Bartlett sipped from the can. " Armstrong finished his cup, began to get up. " "What's Dunross like? Ian Dunross. " Armstrong laughed outright. "That depends whom you ask, Mr.