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All He Saw Was The Girl Paperback – June 5, 2012
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This is don’t miss’ crime fiction at its very best.”
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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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.Read more ›
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The kindle is missing the ellipses that divide the chapter into its parts so from paragraph to paragraph the story jumps around seemingly at random between characters and even... Read morePublished 5 months ago by D. Dirickson
This book had too many confusing curves in it and the curves had too many ditches. The characters were interesting but they seemed messy and not very direct.Published 15 months ago by Dianne P. Lewis
A stand-alone Peter Leonard novel (the characters haven't been repeated, nor did they appear in previous Peter Leonard novels), this book was tremendously enjoyable, with very... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gerald Downey
Well written, action-packed, with a little romance to keep it exciting. It was one of those books that I had trouble putting down.Published 21 months ago by SKuts
Like most writers he needs a better proof reader. In the beginning it was difficult to sort out who was who and who said what due to this. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Norton1
All He Saw Was the Girl by Peter Leonard
All He Saw Was the Girl is a deft crime thriller adventure story. Read more
This book was a rather good story and you will probably enjoy reading it. It goes on a little but it is entertaining.Published 21 months ago by CouchShopper