Chapter 6:Autumn Leaves Fall

Stuart Samuelsson’s assistant, Marie Collingwood, called J.C. on his cell phone and said, “Mr. Williams, I’m afraidthat Mr. Samuelsson is not doing very well.”

“I’m sorry to hear that, Marie. What’s wrong?”

“He’s …” she hesitated, “I think, he’s under a lot of stress.”

“About what?”

“I really shouldn’t even be calling you. I just didn’t know what to do to help him. He’s a decent man… .” her voice trailed off.

“Is he physically sick?”

“Not exactly.” She paused to think. “His wife left him and the business is going badly, and … well, he’s drinking quite a bit.”

“I’m sorry for him and for you. How can I help you?”

“Someone needs to talk to him.”

“I can do that if you’d like, but I’m not sure he wants to see me.”

“I can ...

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