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All He Saw Was The Girl

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  583 ratings  ·  83 reviews
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.

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 humor, ALL HE SAW WAS T
Paperback, 290 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Story Plant, The (first published January 2011)
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Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of mafia-based thrillers/suspense
Recommended to Katy by: NetGalley
Disclosure: I received a free eGalley eBook ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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 humor, All He Saw was the Girl sees thes
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not my kind of book. A contemporary guy adventure story. Several guys with converging plot lines. Guys take improbable changes, enjoy improbable luck, objectify women. (Yes, there is a well-drawn female character, but the male characters react to females in their vicinity like teenagers with raging hormones.) In fact, all the male characters act like adolescents: as soon as a course of action pops into their mind, they do it. No consideration of potential downside results. Of course, it works ou ...more
Viviane Crystal
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two college students, McCabe and Chip, are students out on the town who've had a wee bit too much to drink. Chip gets the bright idea to steal an Italian taxi and enjoy a joy ride. But things don't turn out so well for McCabe. Chip's very wealthy and powerful father saves the day by rescuing his son and giving him one tongue lashing. He does succeed, however, in infuriating some mob characters in prison over a pack of stolen cigarettes. McCabe, meanwhile, is warned by the College Dean that he wi ...more
Sherry Fundin
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, thriller
McCabe and Chip, a senator's son are going to school in Rome. Chip steals a taxi and they are arrested. The Senator greases some palms and they are released.

As McCabe sits at the cafe waiting to meet up with Chip and some friends, he sees "the girl". She encourages him to walk with her and when they meet up with "Fabio", who is a tough guy Mafia man he met in prison, McCabe realizes she has set him up to be kidnapped. They have mistaken him for Chip because of a mix-up in the newspapers. They ha
Jim Crocker
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody
It's a fast read and a good read, too! I like everything Peter Leonard writes. Yeah, he had a great teacher and he writes about Detroit, too. I lived in old Detroit (before the fire) and I knew a few people.

When you read this novel you're gonna get hungry. These people are always eating. And when they do, they take you through the entire meal, all the way to the cappuccino. So be ready for that. And it's the kinda story you can't put down.
Brian Blocker
Jun 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
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
Lauren (Northern Plunder)
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I first received this book two years ago, it was the first book I ever agreed to review as part of a book tour and I felt terrible that I just couldn't get into it that I promised I'd give it ago at a later date.

Well this year was the later date and yet again it just didn't grip me, back then I should've known I wouldn't finish it even after time had passed but I also was very stubborn and refused
Rachel French
Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel is a great mixture of love, action, and culture. The way the author jumps from one person's perspective to the next is exciting and allows the reader to know more about the story than the characters do. Beginning with drunk college guys crashing a taxi and heading for jail, All He Saw Was The Girl takes the reader on a thrill ride through kidnapping attempts, love affairs, and the inner workings of the Italian mafia. The reader learns of the strange ways lives can become tangled toget ...more
Jo Linsdell
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it
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.

All He Saw Was the Girl takes place as these two narratives converge in the backstreets of Italy's oldest city.

Peter Leonard throws you straight into the action in this book and keeps the stor
Aug 19, 2016 rated it liked it
A very exciting book with lots of villains, which takes place in modern Rome.. The book also contains many facts about Rome and its history. Some of the characters do border on the unbelievable, however.
Alan Mills
The concept was good, but the characters fell flat.

There are two basic plots here, both of which have great potential: First, the wife of a secret service agent is feeling abandoned and has an affair, with someone who turns out to be mob connected. Second, two college kids doing a semester abroad in Rome get drunk, arrested, and meet some mob connected people in jail. Leonard does a nice job of building these two plots into a compelling narrative. So far, so good.

The problem is that not a single
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Converging storylines

At first I didn't appreciate the structure: the narrative jumped from one storyline to another, seemingly disconnected one. The connection did eventually emerge in a degrees of separation kind of way. One storyline involves an American art history student in Italy who gets mistakenly kidnapped for ransom but turns out to be a kind of badass action hero (well, McCabe is kind of an action hero name). Also, he is the one who sees the girl of the title. In another plotline Ray P
Nov 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Read on Kindle app on phone. Difficult to read due to poor lay-out, lack of breaks between scenes. Had to go back and restart paragraphs because I'd realize I was in a different location with different characters one or two sentences into a new paragraph. Also, dialogue was confusing with one character saying something and another responding within single paragraph.

As for the plots/storylines - not great. The entire Ray & Sharon storyline was unnecessary. Joey was a caricature and completely rid
Jul 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Sorry guys, This one was not for me.
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Entertaining in parts, but overall felt like a frivolous waste of time.
Robert Carraher
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Two narratives ... two cities ... both intertwining to provide a suspense thriller that is one heck of a roller coaster ride!

William McCabe and Charles "Chip" Tallenger III are American exchange students studying abroad at Loyola University in Rome, Italy. McCabe is from Detroit, Michigan, and is on an academic scholarship, while Chip is the spoiled rich son of U.S. Senator Charles Tallenger II from Greenwich, Connecticut. While out partying one night, Chip and McCabe steal a cab and end up lock
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-read
All He Saw Was The Girl by Peter Leonard
Published by The Story Plant
ISBN-10: 1611880424
ISBN-13: 978-1611880427
At the request of The Story Plant, an ARC digital version was provided, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.

Synopsis (from publisher):
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.

Sharon Vanelli’s affair with Joey Palermo, a Mafia enforcer, is about to b
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Disclaimers: I received an electronic form of this book for review in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review and did not receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First of all, I love Italy, and so the second I heard this took place in Rome, I knew I had to read this one. Plus the mafia is involved...come can you not read this one?

Leonard exceeded my expectations in every manner po
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, blog-tour-book
At the beginning of the book I did not understand how the author was going to connect everything together. Two different cities, a handful of people and at the time it seemed like two different plots. However the author brings it all together for the reader. The author has readers hopping around the world, from the USA to Italy. This book will keep the reader entertained and wondering what is happening next.

I loved how the author included several different mafias in this book. This is not just
Alan Williams
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
A few months ago I had the pleasure to read “Voices of the Dead” by Peter Leonard. I said at the time I would be tracking down some of the authors other books, but I didn’t realise that I would be reviewing another one from Partners In Crime Tours quite so soon. I simply couldn’t resist the request for the review, but then I did wonder if it could be quite as good as Voices of the Dead. Simply put … I was not disappointed.
I couldn’t put “All He Saw Was the Girl”, down and read it in a day. Peter
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I reached the end of All He Saw Was the Girl, I closed the book with a smile. While there were a few slightly predictable moments, overall I really enjoyed the book. The action is nonstop, and the suspense builds and builds as the story progresses. It’s fast-paced and great entertainment.

The characters were, as a whole, interesting. The mobsters, with the exception of the big guy in Italy, were not in the least bit sympathetic. It’s easy to root against these guys. The Don, however, has a s
Dec 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ridiculous and unbelievable plot.
Italo Italophiles
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All He Saw Was the Girl is a deft crime thriller adventure story. The fast-moving story is matched perfectly by the quickly-paced prose. Deftly-drawn character sketches; exotic U.S. and foreign locales; hot, trashy women; hot tough guys and gangsters; action scenes galore; a twenty-something male protagonist who surprises people at every turn: All He Saw Was the Girl is a book begging to be adapted to film.

The story is set partially in Detroit, Michigan, but mainly it is set in and around Rome,
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
Two story lines collide in All He Saw Was The Girl.

McCabe and Chip are two American college students studying abroad in Italy. A freak incident, a case of mistaken identity, and a beautiful Italian girl, lead to more than one exciting chase.

Sharon is a bored wife of a secret service agent. He is always traveling leaving her home alone. Her choice to have an affair with Joey Palermo to add a little excitement to her life may cost her dearly.

When Elmore Leonard is your father good writing is in th
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing

After reading Voices Of The Dead by Peter Leonard, I decided that I was going to pick all his books. So when I was offered to review All He Saw Was the Girl, I was thrilled. I was notdisappointed at all!

I had a roller coaster ride throughout the novel. It has the ingredients of an action movie. Drug Mafia, kidnapping, car chasing, and a love story. And all that happens in Italy, that too due to a misunderstanding! One American exchange student is kidnapped by mistake and ransom is paid for him.
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I can, in no way summarize the plot better than the summary from Goodreads. Those few lines tell the tale very well.

The story starts off in Rome with two students who are out to have fun. But their fun night quickly turns into a nightmare that they have to live through. Chip is pulled out of trouble by his all too influential and wealthy father. McCabe on the other hand lands himself into further trouble all because of his loud mouth. He is mistaken as Chip and is kidnapped by mobsters and lured
Dana Burgess
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Peter Leonard has written a very different sort of book than what I've been reading lately. It took me a chapter or two to get into it because it is very stark and abrupt. From the first word, the reader is thrown into the action. There is no time to build characters or explain what is going on - that comes eventually, but it is a bit of a shocking beginning. It's kind of like being tossed into cold water: it takes a minute to get your bearings. Once the shock wears off you find that the effect ...more
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Peter Leonard lives in Birmingham, Michigan with his wife and four children. He is a partner in the ad agency Leonard, Mayer & Tocco, Inc.

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