All He Saw Was The Girl by Peter Leonard

Book Details

Title: All He Saw Was the Girl
Author: Peter Leonard
ISBN: 978-0-571-25574-0
Pages: 296 pp
Published Date: 2012
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Sub-Genre: Thriller

This is Peter Leonard's third novel. It is a thriller that is set in Italy as well as Detroit and it goes a long way towards establishing Leonard as an author to follow for those who like well-written narrative and fully formed characters.

Publisher's Synopsis

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.

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Book Reviews

 You will find reviews of All He Saw Was the Girl at the following websites. "This is a really fast paced, engrossing story. It starts out in Rome with a stolen taxi cab and then cuts to Detroit and a mob enforcer." Read the reviews here.

Euro Crime: "William McCabe and Charles Tallenger III, are American students studying at Loyola University in Rome, Italy and one night they both get drunk and steal a taxi-cab." Read full review here

BookGeeks: "All He Saw Was The Girl is the third thriller from American author Peter Leonard. That’s Peter, son of Elmore Leonard, owner of a pair of extraordinarily difficult literary shoes to fill. Fortunately for Leonard Junior, critical response to his work thus far has been overwhelmingly positive, even drawing glowing comparisons with his father." Read full review here

Crime Always Pays: " The multi-character narrative, the dry and blackly whimsical humour, the unfussy use of American vernacular, the ordinary man underestimated by the criminal fraternity who proves himself a resolute hero..." Read full review here

Reviewing the Evidence: "About the only thing this tale has going for it is action. The love stories are certainly unconvincing and the entire thing left me with the impression of sloppiness." Read full review here

Other Books by Peter Leonard

Quiver (2008)
Trust Me (2009)