At First Sight

  • by Stephen J. Cannell
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Meet Chick Best - a middle-aged, self-absorbed, disaffected, California millionaire. Other than his house and high-priced foreign cars, Chick's most expensive possession is his trophy wife, Evelyn. Evelyn is good at spending Chick's money, money that has pretty much run out. His other personal possession is his drug-addled 16-year-old daughter, Melissa. Though concerned about his life and family, Chick resigns himself to a miserable state of acceptance.That is, until he, Evelyn, and Melissa take a Christmas vacation in Maui. With this, Chick's life changes. He experiences unrequited love at first sight when he observes Paige Ellis. His obsession, exceeded only by his need to possess her, isn't diminished when he learns that she is happily married. Instead, he befriends Paige and her near-perfect husband, Chandler.A short time later, Chick's obsession compels him to drive to Paige's house, where he runs down and kills Chandler in a drug-store parking lot. He attends the husband's funeral, feigning compassion for Paige. Several months later, with his lust for Paige in high gear, Chick stages a carjacking and murders Evelyn. Evidence that Chick has planted in and around the car implicates an ex-convict.When he calls Paige with the news of Evelyn's murder, she returns the favor and comes to comfort Chick in what she thinks is his time of need. Chick, however, has other ideas. Will Paige learn the truth before it's too late?


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Customer Reviews

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Based on the book description, I was optimistic that it would be at least an entertaining story. However, when the protagonist commits a reprehensible crime, I lost all interest. There is nothing 'sympathetic' about this character, and I ceased to care about him. The author's forward mentioned that his publisher/agent advised against publishing this book, and I must agree with them.
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- Sandra

Different perspective

Would you try another book from Stephen J. Cannell and/or Scott Brick?


If you’ve listened to books by Stephen J. Cannell before, how does this one compare?

This story is told from the perspective of the culprit, the other books from the perspective of law enforcement.

What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brings the books to life.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


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- Debra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-08-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio