Review: All He Saw Was the Girl – Peter Leonard

Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Story Plant, The (May 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1611880424
ISBN-13: 978-1611880427
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William McCabe – Loyola University Student
Charles “Chip” Tallenger III – Friend of McCabe’s, Son of a Senator.
Sharon Vanelli – Wife of Ray Vanelli, Separated
Joey Palermo – Low Level Detroit Mobster.
Ray Vanelli – Secret Service Agent, Fired for behavior
Angela Gennaro – Daughter of a Don, plots kidnapping.
Roberto Mazara – Small time hood and kidnapper.


Two college students, Chip and McCabe get in trouble for stealing a car. The newspaper article mentioning them mixes up their names. They mis-identify McCabe is the son of a Senator. Things begin to go downhill for McCabe from that point as he’s kidnapped, shot at by the mob, and is in pursuit of the ransom money.


I liked the story Mr. Leonard told in this book. The writing was fast paced, the characters were interesting, and he wrote it in a style that kept you turning the pages. The book starts out telling the story as it unfolds for all the various players, but as the events unfold, the players find themselves involved in each others lives.

This was my second time reading one of Mr. Leonard’s books, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’d be very eager to revisit these characters again. I’d like to see more of what happens in McCabe’s life.

If there were one drawback I could think of, McCabe’s motivation for getting the money was never fully spelled out. Was he driven by greed, revenge, sense of adventure.

If you like thrillers, mob stories, and a fast paced adventure, then pick up this book. There is some strong language and violence, so older readers probably. Otherwise, grab a copy, read it, and drop back by to let us know what you think.


Sharon was thinking, who was this guy lived in a five-thousand-square-foot house – not that his taste was any good – on Lake St. Clair, had nothing but leisure time or so it seemed?

He called her four, five times a day, said, “How you doing?”

And Sharon would say, “Same as I was when you called fifteen minutes ago.”

“Baby, I miss you. Tell them you’re sick, we’ll go to the casino.” Or he’d be at the track or a Tigers day game, he’d say, “I gotta see you. Take the afternoon off, I’ll send a car.”

She’d been going out with him for three weeks and it was getting serious. They’d meet at noon, check into a hotel a couple times a week and spend two hours in bed, screwing and drinking champagne. It was something, best sex she’d ever had in her life. He did things to her nobody had ever done before. She’d say, where’d you learn that? And he’d say, you inspire me, beautiful. The only bad thing, he called her Sharona, or my Sharona. Everything else was great so she let it go.

They’d take his boat out on Lake St. Clair and she’d sunbathe topless. Something she’d never done in her life and never imagined herself doing. She felt invigorated, liberated. He always told her she looked good, complimented her outfit. Showered her with gifts, bought her clothes and jewelry. She felt like a teenager again. They’d meet and talk and touch each other and kiss. She was happy for the first time in years. She had to be careful. Ray, the next time he came home, might notice something and get suspicious.Why’re you so happy? she could hear him saying – like there was something wrong with it.

But this relationship with Joey also made her nervous. Things were happening too fast. She was falling for him and she barely knew him, and she was married.

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One Response to “Review: All He Saw Was the Girl – Peter Leonard”

  1. Cheryl "Mash" Says:

    Nice review. Thank you.