At First Sight

At First Sight

A Novel of Obsession

Book - 2008
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In his newest and most distinctive novel, Stephen J. Cannell channels his insider experiences into a tautly drawn noir look at the materialistic Hollywood lifestyle.

Meet Chick Best--a middle-aged, selfabsorbed, 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' 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?

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

Publisher: New York, NY : Vanguard Press, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781593154820
Branch Call Number: CAN
Characteristics: viii, 328 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 09, 2013

Mindless obsession on the part of Chick with resulting behavior that's off the chart! The object of his obsession, Paige, is excellently portrayed as well. Definitely worth the read.

phantom76 Apr 18, 2011

fair book about what can happen if one where to become obsessed but wanting something you can't have.. Written in journal - ish format it shows thinking patteren of both the main characters . Chick - the guy who has it all and then wants more, only to blame everyone but himself for his own short comings and Paige the object of his desire

Funny in spots and dark in others worth a read

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