At First Sight: A Novel of Obsession and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Vous voulez voir cette page en français ? Cliquez ici.


or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading At First Sight: A Novel of Obsession on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

At First Sight(CD)(Abr.) [Abridged, Audiobook, CD] [Audio CD]

Stephen J. Cannell
2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
List Price: CDN$ 34.95
Price: CDN$ 27.96 & FREE Shipping. Details
You Save: CDN$ 6.99 (20%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition CDN $7.68  
Hardcover CDN $17.61  
Paperback, Large Print --  
Mass Market Paperback CDN $9.99  
Audio, CD, Abridged, Audiobook, CD CDN $9.99  
Audio, CD, Abridged, Audiobook, CD CDN $27.96  

Book Description

July 8 2008
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 hwer 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.

Product Details


Product Description

Review

Bookreporter.com
"Stephen J. Cannell's "At First Sight" is arguably his best work to date -- enthralling, engrossing, addicting. As fresh and new as today's headlines.... "At First Sight" is yet another triumph for Cannell, who, even at this late date in his career, continues to handily trump his own best work." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About 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.

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

  • Vigilante
    CDN$ 12.00

Customer Reviews

5 star
0
4 star
0
3 star
0
1 star
0
2.0 out of 5 stars
2.0 out of 5 stars
Most helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Chick Best isn't anyone you are going to like. That's one of the problems with this book. An even bigger problem is that what Chick does will more often disgust you than interest you. Beyond that, much of the story is predictable . . . so there isn't much to look forward to . . . except the book being over.

Even if you are a big Stephen J. Cannell fan, you may not like this book. You can definitely skip it unless you feel like you need to read every word he's ever written.

Chick Best is seeing his dot-com business go down the tubes when the family's annual trip to a tony resort on Maui makes him angrier than usual at his wife. While grouching to himself about her unreasonable demands, Chick is jolted out of his bad mood by a glimpse of a gorgeous young woman. At first, he hopes she's single. By staring and eavesdropping, Chick learns she's married. Chick can't help himself. He's got to have her. How will he do it?

From there, Chick's life comes to narrow down onto being with Paige Ellis. Nothing will get in his way.

At First Sight appears to have been intended to be a comic satire about how middle-aged men falter through trying to reverse the effects of time. I compared the book at first to some of the more extreme works of that Florida philosopher, Carl Hiaasen. But Hiaasen maintains a light touch that keeps the reader wondering what prank the author will pull next. Mr. Cannell by comparison is like the butcher who sticks his thumb on the scale to make a bigger sale; he gets your attention in an expensive way.

I find it hard to imagine a woman I know who would like this book. If seeing a man destroy anything that gets in his way appeals to you, you'll like this book a lot more than I did.
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  46 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gross, Self-Absorbed Materialist Decides He Has to Have the "Perfect" Woman Sept. 19 2008
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Chick Best isn't anyone you are going to like. That's one of the problems with this book. An even bigger problem is that what Chick does will more often disgust you than interest you. Beyond that, much of the story is predictable . . . so there isn't much to look forward to . . . except the book being over.

Even if you are a big Stephen J. Cannell fan, you may not like this book. You can definitely skip it unless you feel like you need to read every word he's ever written.

Chick Best is seeing his dot-com business go down the tubes when the family's annual trip to a tony resort on Maui makes him angrier than usual at his wife. While grouching to himself about her unreasonable demands, Chick is jolted out of his bad mood by a glimpse of a gorgeous young woman. At first, he hopes she's single. By staring and eavesdropping, Chick learns she's married. Chick can't help himself. He's got to have her. How will he do it?

From there, Chick's life comes to narrow down onto being with Paige Ellis. Nothing will get in his way.

At First Sight appears to have been intended to be a comic satire about how middle-aged men falter through trying to reverse the effects of time. I compared the book at first to some of the more extreme works of that Florida philosopher, Carl Hiaasen. But Hiaasen maintains a light touch that keeps the reader wondering what prank the author will pull next. Mr. Cannell by comparison is like the butcher who sticks his thumb on the scale to make a bigger sale; he gets your attention in an expensive way.

I find it hard to imagine a woman I know who would like this book. If seeing a man destroy anything that gets in his way appeals to you, you'll like this book a lot more than I did.
22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars exciting thriller July 19 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Fifty-five years old Chick Best has run an Internet business for the past dozen years; however recently competition from the global chains threatens to bury him. The affluent Los Angelino is married to philandering Evelyn; though she cheats on him he thanks God for that. He is concerned with his sixteen year old daughter Melissa who knows more drugs personally than any pharmaceutical company.

Chick and his two indifferent towards him women go to Hawaii on vacation. When he sees newlywed Paige Ellis emerge from the Maui hotel swimming pool, Chick finds himself in love at first sight. He insures he meets the object of his adult rated fantasy and to his chagrin, her spouse Chandler though he is cleverly nice to the man in his way. Back in the Forty-eight states, Chick is on a business trip to New York, but instead of going home he heads to Charlotte where the Ellis couple lives. There he accidentally runs over Chandler several times to eliminate the only person in the way of happily ever after with his obsession.

This is an exciting thriller with morbid dry humor as Chick allows his fixation for his love interest to get control of head as if his brain had one icon: Paige. The story line is told by the prime players, for the most part Chick. Although somewhat satirical, the reaction of Chandler's family including to a lesser degree his new wife seems too indifferent (especially when they learn how they died) even though that purposely contrasts their apathy to his killer's passion. Still Stephen J. Cannell provides readers with a fascinating "novel of obsession".

Harriet Klausner
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of people are not going to like this novel Oct. 8 2008
By J. Norburn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A lot of people aren't going to like At First Sight. A big reason for this is that the central character is a self absorbed, intolerant, jerk. Personally, I like novels with flawed, even detestable characters, as long as they are interesting and/or entertaining.

This is one of two significant drawbacks to the novel. Chick is boring as hell. He's superficial and whiny. It's always risky for an author to build a novel around a character who is unlikeable, and I have to admire Cannell for trying. I suspect a lot of people will give up on this novel about of the third of the way through (probably about the time Chick gratifies himself with a Hustler magazine in his car after killing someone) because they were either bored to death by Chick or just found him too unpleasant to read about. I think Cannell would have been more successful in his attempt if he had been able to incorporate a little morbid humor into the narrative in the first half. With the right tone, creepy behavior can become darkly funny.

And this happens to a degree in the final third of the novel (for those willing to stick with it). The narrative alternates between Chick and the woman he is obsessed with, and there is some morbid humor in the stark contrast between his perspective and hers. His thought process and behavior becomes more and more outrageous and delusional near the end and this adds to the entertainment value.

The second significant shortcoming of the novel is its lack of originality. For some reason, Cannell seems to think that he is writing something groundbreaking here. He says friends begged him not to write the novel, that he'd been harboring the idea for years and that it simply poured out of him when he started to write, as if it were something unique and special. It isn't. The novel's premise, a man becomes obsessed with another man's wife and then kills him so he can romance the widow is not new. Frankly the whole thing is a tired re-tread. I think the only semi-original idea here is that Cannell made Chick uncompromisingly unlikeable, and wrote most of the novel from his point of view.

On a positive note, the novel is lean and mean, and Cannell does a reasonable job of building suspense in the final chapters. I started to find Chick's antics reasonably entertaining near the end and appreciated the alternating narratives. I like that Paige, the object of his obsession, is a reasonably intelligent and resourceful woman. Her guilt and grief make her vulnerable and leads to some choices that put her at risk, but for the most part, she see's Chick for what he is.

While there are some positives to the novel, it isn't one I can recommend without reservations (if at all). The story is predictable and lacks originality and Chick's rants remind me of a loudmouth drunk in a bar that you wish would move to another stool. If you're thinking about giving up halfway through, I can tell you that it does get better, but only marginally. 2  stars.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Would finish 101 in a 100 mystery race Sept. 25 2011
By Bayou Banker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The first of this book offers a bit of a warning. Mr. Cannell always wanted to depart from his standard offering and do something entirely different.
Of all the mysteries I have ever read, this is the absolute worse. The only reason I finished was disbelief and the fact I bought it on a bargain shelf for $3.
This book and the characters are as shallow as the spill from a coffee cup upon it's saucer. It is difficult to believe that a first class writer like Mr. Cannell could write something this bad.
If you get offered this book or a root canal, take the root canal. This goes beyond being a waste of time and money.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone, but I enjoyed this tale of a horrible man's downfall Sept. 7 2010
By Bill Garrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
AT FIRST SIGHT by Stephen J. Cannell is an interesting thriller, one I had a difficult time deciding what I thought as I read. But one thing I can say, it's a fast read and kept me turning the pages. I was thoroughly entertained.

The book is labeled as a novel of obsession and that's the truth. Narrator Chick Best is in his fifties and has a trophy wife that he hates. While on vacation, he meets, falls in love with, and becomes obsessed with Paige Ellis. One problem. She's married to Chandler, and they're the perfect couple. As the book summary says, Chick kills Chandler early in the novel. But that's only the beginning of the descent of Chick.

But the problem is, Chick is telling the story. He's the lead male character and he's absolutely a horrible person. But, he's also witty and funny and that made the novel enjoyable. Paige, on the other hand, is salt of the earth. A perfect woman.

How does it all turn out? As I read, I wondered how I would feel about a novel that is dominated by such an evil man. Could Cannell pull it off? The answer is, yes. He solves the narrator problem by slowly shifting the story to Paige's point of view.

I think this novel is a bit too humorous and light to take away a serious message. Still. Chick's obsession with appearance and what others think of him probably comes straight from Cannell's observations of those living in Hollywood . I read Cannell's first novel, THE PLAN, and hadn't read him again until this one. I definitely plan on checking out his other novels. He's a good writer.
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0xbbac9a74)

Look for similar items by category


Feedback