All He Saw Was The Girl

Jul 252012

All He Saw Was The Girl by Peter Leonard

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Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Story Plant, The (May 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611880424
ISBN-13: 978-1611880427

Rome: McCabe and Chip, two American exchange students, are about to become embroiled with a violent street gang, a beautiful Italian girl and a flawed kidnapping plan. Detroit: Sharon Vanelli’s affair with Joey Palermo, a Mafia enforcer, is about to be discovered by her husband, Ray, a secret service agent. Brilliantly plotted and shot through with wry humour, All He Saw Was the Girl takes place as these two narratives converge in the backstreets of Italy’s oldest city. A thrilling ride, it once again displays Peter Leonard’s genius for exploring the wrong turns that life can take.Peter Leonard’s growing fan base includes greats such as Carl Hiaasen (‘great storytelling’) and Michael Connelly (‘clever plotting and blood and guts characters’), and publications as diverse as Uncut (‘sensational’), the Daily Mirror (‘stunning’) and the Big Issue (‘brilliantly snappy’).

Do you like action? This book has plenty…right from the beginning.

The books starts in Rome with Chip and McCabe, two exchange students who steal a cab, try to help a girl in trouble and end up in jail. Then in Detroit, we read about Sharon Vanelli, who is married to Ray, a secret service agent. She’s having an affair with Joey Palermo, a Mafia enforcer. And Ray is about to find out about it. Could things get any worse for them? Oh yeah!!

There are so many twists and surprises in this book that it’s hard to put it down. Just when you think things are going to calm down, something new happens. It’s a non stop thrill ride.

What fascinated me the most about the book was that the author was writing about two very different places and two very different story lines. I kept wondering how he would merge them into one story that made sense, but he did a great job and the book is so interesting that you get caught up in what’s going on,  and you lose track of time. Over and Over.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers/mysteries.

Oh yeah, the author even found a way to add some humor to the book!

Meet The Author:

Peter Leonard’s debut novel, QUIVER was published to international acclaim in 2008, and was followed by TRUST ME in 2009, and VOICES OF THE DEAD in 2012. You can visit Peter at his website

  10 Responses to “All He Saw Was The Girl”

  1. Fantastic review and post!! Thank you. Like you, I too could not figure out how the 2 subplots would be merged. After reading “Voices of the Dead” and now this book, I can’t wait for his next novel. Well done!!

  2. It is always fun to see how an author brings disparate story lines together, isn’t it?

  3. Hi Vicki,

    This is a new author to me, but one which I am adding to my list right now.

    Having just finished a story where the Mafia features strongly, I have decided that I might quite like to read more in this genre and this looks like a great place to continue.

    I like sub-plots which are seemingly disparate, yet run in parallel, until they finally converge into one story and I quite enjoy it if the story jots back and forth between the sub-plots, so that I am following all the action ‘real time’.

    Thanks for sharing and recommending this one Vicki, great post,


  4. Excellent post! Sounds like a great book.

  5. Thanks! I really liked it!

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