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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (307 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen J. Cannell Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2008 ISBN:
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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. His other personal possession is his drug-addled 16-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. He 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? Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Kyriazi | 2/19/2014

    " Once again FINALLY a fiction story that held my interest. Better to not know anything about the story, but it hooked me and took me into a whirlpool of obsession and went where I thought it wouldn't go. But some readers deffinetly don't like where it goes. All of Cannell's friends tried to talk him out of writting it. But he had to, he said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mr. Crusader | 2/7/2014

    " This may very well be my favourite Cannell book to date. Sad that the author died not long ago because he was a fantastic writer. This story, although often predictable, was still suspenseful and entertaining; a real page-turner. The characters were excellent. My audio version was narrated by Scott Brick, who is always a phenomenal narrator! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/6/2014

    " I couldn't put it down. Like watching a train wreck, I just had to see the end. Quick and twisted funny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 2/6/2014

    " I loved it, my wife hated it. We are both big fans of Cannell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merry | 1/2/2014

    " A good lesson for anyone thinking of straying, this novel took on an interesting (and not necessarily in a good way) yet maddening treatment. I found the view point shifts jarring until the author finally broke down the latter chapters to reflect the view points of the two adversarial characters. The unlikeable protagonist is still intriguing enough to stick with the story, but the ending was predictable compared to the author's lead-in, which promised (and didn't quite measure up to) a unique/different treatment from his previous books. Still, Cannell can tell a story, and that's why I'll stick with him even though this isn't his best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolina | 12/27/2013

    " This book was very much eh. Completely predictable. I think I called every turn. Could make for an okay mindless beach read maybe. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 12/27/2013

    " Awful. If I had read this instead of listening, I would have quit. Mean characters who drew no sympathy and were totally self centered. I cheered when it was over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 11/7/2013

    " Akin to the John McDonnell series of the 70's. Light detective mystery. Mid-life crisis gone overboard for this guy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Romer | 11/1/2013

    " Great fast moving plot. The end was fun. I will read another of his books! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherree | 9/25/2013

    " I love his Shane Scully novels, and I think he should stick with those. I found this book uninteresting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 8/10/2013

    " One of the better mystery/suspense books I've read. The author does a good job of getting you inside the main character's head and thoughts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fryingpan | 8/4/2013

    " Started OK until the main character went crazy then the book was annoying. You can stop half way through and be ok. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 3/20/2013

    " listened to audio book as requirement for book club. Stupid plot with self centered stupid main character. Did Not like this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joan | 2/7/2013

    " Halfway between a whining Woody Allen (Forgive me Allen fans) and "10" this book falls flat. You want to tell the main characters to "grow up" or "grow a backbone." Yuck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 12/2/2012

    " Don't think I've ever read a book from this perspective. Not sure how I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 9/30/2012

    " Very very funny, sarcastic, dark, twisted, and a total page turner! I finished this fantastic book in a few hours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claudia | 6/9/2012

    " Book contained factual errors about Big Bear. I used to live in Big Bear, owned a restaurant there and sold real estate there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben Campbell | 5/29/2012

    " Funny, funny, funny...if you think that murder is funny then this book is for you. Cannell's writing style is hilarious at times and at times its delirious, but it works great in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 9/6/2011

    " I almost put this one down because the main character was so wimpy. It ended up being a pretty good thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosalind | 8/21/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. Easy to read, kept me interested. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Davehk | 6/5/2011

    " He should have taken the advice he outlined in page Viii in his introduction "The book nobody wanted me to write" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeffrey Hammerhead | 5/25/2011

    " The covers says, "A Novel of Obession." It's not good to be obsess with a woman. Chick learns the hard way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 5/20/2011

    " Very unique perspectives in the novel. I really enjoyed reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ron | 4/23/2011

    " It ain't the Rockford Files "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 11/2/2010

    " I probably should have stopped reading after the first chapter. I didn't like the protagonist, which the author certainly intended. The problem was I never liked the victims either. Very predictable and many contrived situations that put the heroine in danger. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 8/1/2010

    " Awful. If I had read this instead of listening, I would have quit. Mean characters who drew no sympathy and were totally self centered. I cheered when it was over. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 6/8/2010

    " Very unique perspectives in the novel. I really enjoyed reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ben | 1/8/2010

    " Funny, funny, funny...if you think that murder is funny then this book is for you. Cannell's writing style is hilarious at times and at times its delirious, but it works great in this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 10/31/2009

    " listened to audio book as requirement for book club. Stupid plot with self centered stupid main character. Did Not like this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 8/15/2009

    " Don't think I've ever read a book from this perspective. Not sure how I liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 6/30/2009

    " I loved it, my wife hated it. We are both big fans of Cannell. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fryingpan | 3/12/2009

    " Started OK until the main character went crazy then the book was annoying. You can stop half way through and be ok. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherree | 3/4/2009

    " I love his Shane Scully novels, and I think he should stick with those. I found this book uninteresting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 2/21/2009

    " I couldn't put it down. Like watching a train wreck, I just had to see the end. Quick and twisted funny. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen J. Cannell

Stephen J. Cannell (1941–2010) was the author of the New York Times bestselling Shane Scully books, including The Prostitute’s BallThe Pallbearers, and Three Shirt Deal. He was also an Emmy Award–winning television writer and producer, and in his thirty-five-year career, he created or cocreated more than forty television series. He was a third-generation Californian and resided in the Pasadena area with his wife, Marcia, and their children.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.