At First Sight

At First Sight

Vanguard Press | July 8, 2008 | 328 Pages | ISBN: 13: 978-159315-482-0

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Meet Chick Best--a middle-aged, self-absorbed, disaffected, California dot-com 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. Another problem is his drug-addled sixteen-year-old daughter, Melissa. Though concerned about his life and family, Chick has resigned 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...

Chick experiences unrequited love at first sight when he observes Paige Ellis emerging from the hotel swimming pool. 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, back from Hawaii, Chick's obsession compels him to drive to Paige's house where he runs down and kills Chandler in a drugstore parking lot. But this is just the beginning of Chick's nightmare as his life spirals homicidally out of control resulting in the destruction of everything he holds dear. Will Paige learn the truth about Chick before it's too late?

At First Sight

Vanguard Press | July 8, 2008 | 328 Pages | ISBN: 13: 978-159315-482-0

Order:  Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Meet Chick Best--a middle-aged, self-absorbed, disaffected, California dot-com 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. Another problem is his drug-addled sixteen-year-old daughter, Melissa. Though concerned about his life and family, Chick has resigned 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...

Chick experiences unrequited love at first sight when he observes Paige Ellis emerging from the hotel swimming pool. 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, back from Hawaii, Chick's obsession compels him to drive to Paige's house where he runs down and kills Chandler in a drugstore parking lot. But this is just the beginning of Chick's nightmare as his life spirals homicidally out of control resulting in the destruction of everything he holds dear. Will Paige learn the truth about Chick before it's too late?

At First Sight

At First Sight

"First-class all the way:  first class writing, first-class characters, first-class suspense.  Stephen J. Cannell tries something really different here and it works from start to finish.  Original, insightful, scary and, at times, very funny.  This is the way it should be done."

Andrew Klavan
"AT FIRST SIGHT is a radical departure for Stephen J. Cannell. It is neither a continuation of his Shane Scully series nor is it a return to the type of stand-alone novel he was writing early in his career. Rather, it is a “unique” book that, as he reports in his Acknowledgements, those involved in his career “beg[ged]” him not to write. The fact that Cannell chose to follow the impulse of his muse is our gain, as this is arguably his best work to date --- enthralling, engrossing, addicting."
Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter