Sunday, April 1, 2012

Book Review: "All He Saw Was the Girl" by Peter Leonard

All He Saw Was The GirlAll He Saw Was The Girl by Peter Leonard

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 these two narratives collide in the backstreets of Italy’s oldest city.

My Thoughts: This is my second Peter Leonard book - I recently read Voices of the Dead and my review for that one can be read here: Voices of the Dead.

This was a very complex thriller, lots of threads and different people involved. It actually reminded me strongly of the sorts of books written by Nick Wastnage. His stories are similarly complex and have a similar flavor, so if you like this one, you will love anything by Nick, and vice versa – if you like Nick Wastnage’s stuff, you’ll like Peter Leonard.

The fun thing about crime thrillers, at least with a well-written one, is that you often find the villains as entertaining and interesting as the heroes, and that is certainly the case here. However, as complex and fast-moving as this book was, I often found my attention drifting – for some reason, which I just can’t put my finger on, I was unable to really get into this book. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it just didn’t hold my attention as well as I felt it should have. Fans of Peter Leonard, thrillers and suspense, and people who enjoy stories involving the mafia should all find this a satisfying read.

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