Crimes for Profit - A book by Tom Raley(8)
Author:Tom Raley

    When she had finished,Cheryl placed the report in a manila folder and went in search ofTimber. She found him in the game room that sat across from thekitchen. In the center of the room was a billiard table surrounded byfour small round tables set in each corner of the room. Atop onetable was a backgammon game, another held an intricately carved chesset, while another was adorned with green felt and served as a cardtable. The final table was bare, but behind it stood a cabinet filledwith various board games. The walls about the room were covered withracks of cue sticks, billiard balls and books. Placed at strategicpoints about the room were high stools to allow participants orobservers to watch the billiard table in relative comfort. Timber wasjust chalking up a cue stick when Cheryl entered.

    "I have the reportyou requested," Cheryl said.

    Timber looked at herwith an odd expression but she could not honestly call it surprise.Even that passed quickly and he resumed studying the billiard table."What were you able to discover?" he asked.

    Cheryl did not botherto open the folder as she answered."Mister Kramer, aside fromhis obvious attachments, has done quite well for himself. He haswritten a trilogy of chess books from beginner to intermediate and onto advanced. He also commanded quite a large sum from PrismElectronics for a chess game they distributed worldwide. Unlike manyof the masters, Kramer is far from unknown and is often asked toappear on talk shows and to give demonstrations of his skill."

    Cheryl paused as Timberpulled back the cue and sent the cue ball smacking into the one ballwhich immediately disappeared into the left side pocket. "Hisyoung opponent was one Maxwell Feddler, a freshman at StateUniversity. Mister Feddler was barely a C student in high school andwas almost not accepted by the university. His grades thus far havebeen in the 1.8 range. He doesn't belong to the chess team not to anyof the local chess clubs."

    Timber sent the twoball plummeting into a corner pocket, then slowly walked about thetable, constantly holding onto it for support. "It would seemhighly unlikely this youth could play Kramer to a stalemate," hesaid. "Even if we assume he was very lucky and Kramer playedvery poorly, it remains very hard to fathom."

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