At First Sight Author:Stephen J. Cannell 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. His other personal possession is his drug-addled sixtee... more »n-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..
Chick 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?« less
I really wanted to like this book. Come one this is Steve. Who does not love his work? One of the best in both of his fields if you ask me. Have not read all of his books, been trying to get the ones I never read or had before. But so far this has been the only book that I really have not liked. To me it liked the Cannell charm, and spunk.
Will give it another read since I couldn't get into the Shane Scully novels in the beginning years ago. And those were the first novels of his that I read. Still will get this copy to add to my selection
I cannot say one good thing about the central character in this sad story. The author has painted a sorry but graphic picture of a bitter, self absorbed man whose wife and daughter are seemingly equal to his despicable character. The entire audio book kept me both annoyed and depressed. I could only listen to half of it. The best of it was the Narrator, Scott Brick.
Kind of funny in a sad way; a Hollywood type sees a girl he 'wants' during a vacation to Hawaii. Trapped in a loveless marriage, he pursues her. He pursues her so much, he does some really weird things.