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“If you have successfully resisted reading a book by Peter Leonard thus far – and why would you want to do such a thing, anyway? – you need to give up that habit and read this riveting and rollicking novel that’s a non-stop joy from beginning to end.”
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“This is ‘don’t miss’ crime fiction at its very best.”
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All He Saw Was the Girl is an amazing novel. It will have you glued to the pages to see what happens next.”
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Peter Leonard is the author of six novels, including the national bestseller Voices of the Dead.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Story Plant; Reprint edition (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611880424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611880427
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,863,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rule 10: Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

That rule is from Elmore Leonard's New York Times article, "Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle". His son, Peter certainly had memorized that rule, along with the rest, in writing this marvelous novel. The prose are terse, hard-bitten and to the point. When a story opens with the protagonist in jail, well, it's got to be dark and hardboiled. And true to the Leonard name, its slapstick-caper-with-great-dialogue in vintage.

When American college buddies, the rich and arrogant Chip Tallenger and William McCabe, the son of a working class Detroit family, end up in an Italian jail after a night of drunken revelry that ends in Chip stealing a taxi they are on a collision course with disaster.

In jail, the pair meet an Italian street thug with delusions of grandeur. Roberto Mazara tries to strong arm Chip who looks like an easy mark in his $400 Cole Haan boots, but McCabe steps up and puts Mazara in his place and on his butt.

When Chip and McCabe are "bought" out of jail by Chip's wealthy U.S. Senator father Chip puts the blame for the taxi fiasco on McCabe, even though he was responsible for the shenanigans. McCabe doesn't correct him and takes the heat from Charles Tallenger II. The story makes the local papers - U.S. Senators Son is Acquitted of Stealing Taxi - but the names were switched under the photos. When Mazara breaks out he hatches a plot for revenge for the loss of face. Italians are nothing if not bubbling over with machismo. He is going to kidnap McCabe, mistaking him for the son of the senator and he uses his beautiful girlfriend to insure that All He Saw Was The Girl.
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As far as the story the book told, I liked it but there was too much description of the streets and towns in Italy. If you are not familiar with that area, all of the information about the street names and towns, took away from the story.
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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. I loved the back and forth between the two cities. Just as I was totally into the story in Rome it jumped to Detroit. But since both story lines are so well done I was never upset to leave one to see what was happening with the other. This is the 3rd novel by Peter Leonard and I think he just keeps getting better and better. I highly recommend this book.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the rather complex plot with a large array of characters. it remained quite interesting throughout and the main character was very likeable. Some of the dialogue made me laugh out loud while reading late into the night. Most of all, it kept me guessing until the end.
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The first page tell you trouble is brewing.
Two university friends McCabe and Chip are enjoying their lifestyle in Italy.
One is wealthy, the other not so much.
Seeing a damsel in distress and trying to rescue her leads to a case of mistaken
identity, because this girl has very close ties to the mafia.
Meanwhile, in the States, Ray a secret service agent lives with his wife Sharon.
She is tired of her boring life with him and hooks up with a fella named Joey.
You guessed it a member of the mob with huge ties in Italy.
These 2 storylines make this book a real page turner.
This novel is short and a quick read. The author takes you on a detailed tour of
Italy throughout the story.
Overall, I liked the storyline and a sequel is sure to follow.
I am giving this book a 4/5 because I felt the tour of Italy was a bit heavy to
the storyline.
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The plot, the twists and turns are artfully done. The story is gripping, could not put the book down. Peter Leonard, like his father Elmore, knows and understands human nature...
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This was an unexpected hit for me. After a slow start -- in which I kept picking up and putting this one down -- around page 80 I suddenly got sucked in, and I found Leonard wasn't doing a standard double cross crime tale.

Initially confusing -- there's about three story lines that eventually come together -- I got hooked by Leonard's breezy writing style and slightly sarcastic style. Quip-y action flick, all popcorn and soda, this was a perfect beach read.

Charles 'Chip' Tallenger III, spoiled son of a US senator, and his roommate William McCabe, scholarship student from Detroit, are doing a semester abroad in Rome. When Chip steals a taxi and crashes it, he and McCabe are arrested and bailed out by Chip's father. Local newspapers misidentify them in a photograph, and low-level Mafia thugs decide to kidnap who they believe to be the senator's son for some quick cash. Back in Detroit, Sharon Vanelli, married to a Secret Service agent, starts an affair with 'Swingin' Joey Palermo, a Mafia thug who, needless to say, is stunned when he discovers Sharon's federal connections. These twists occur early on in the book and I thought I knew where the story was headed, but Leonard pleasantly surprised me. There's some double crossing, and poor life choice decision making, some thrilling chases and shudder-inducing fight scenes. Throughout it all is a kind of sardonic humor, no one quite black-and-white, but amusingly gray, and once the story clicked for me, I found myself racing through this one.

And oh, the ending. It's so ludicrous and odd, but darkly hilarious, and I ate it up. A super satisfying, sugar-buzz of a read.
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