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At First Sight
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At First Sight

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by Stephen J. Cannell, Scott Brick (Read by)
 

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Meet Chick Best—a middle-aged, self-absorbed 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

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Meet Chick Best—a middle-aged, self-absorbed 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 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, Chick’s obsession compels him to drive to Paige’s house, where he runs down and kills her husband. Chick’s life begins to spiral 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?

Fast paced, filled with wry humor, murder, lust, and dead-on L.A. characterizations, Cannell has written his most explosive novel yet.

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Publishers Weekly

Scott Brick turns Cannell's over-the-top and completely stereotypical story into a rousing and endlessly exciting listening experience. Cannell's latest tells the tale of dot-com millionaire Chick Best, a family man who becomes obsessed with a beautiful woman by the pool while on Christmas vacation. There is the spoiled housewife that spends without a care in the world, the drugged-out teenager who couldn't care less about her parents, and the sexy, mysterious stranger who becomes the object of Best's every thought. As familiar as it all sounds, Brick offers a fantastic reading in which he delves so deeply into the character of Chick Best that he almost starts to go crazy himself. The performance is not the least bit overplayed. Brick's uncanny ability to tear words from the page and breathe life into them is almost scary, and the end result is perhaps one of the best commercial thriller audio books in recent memory. A Vanguard Press hardcover (Reviews, May 26). (July)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423367819
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
06/28/2009
Edition description:
Abridged, 4 CDs, 5 hrs.
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.40(d)

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Meet the Author

In his thirty-five-year career, Emmy Award-winning writer Stephen J. Cannell has created more than forty TV series. Among his hits are The Rockford Files, Silk Stalkings, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Hunter, Renegade, Wiseguy, and The Commish. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Pasadena, California
Date of Birth:
February 5, 1941
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
Education:
B.S., University of Oregon
Website:
http://www.cannellbooks.com

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At First Sight 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love his TV shows so kept hoping it would get better. The main character was self absorbed and obsesssed but so uninteresting. I was disappointed but will try his other series
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JessLucy More than 1 year ago
Awesome writer, great and funny (at times) story. Charles "Chick" Best first spots his dream woman while vacationing in Hawaii. The problem? She's married. So's he. Drama and sometimes hilarity soon follow. I would also recommend: King Con and the Shane Scully series by the same author. You may also like the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.
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KindKat More than 1 year ago
Very fast read. Plot seemed pretty predictable, until the end, when it turned out that I hadn't really figured it all out! Good book for a rainy day read.
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