Book Nerd Interview
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.
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 THE GIRL sees these two narratives collide in the backstreets of Italy’s oldest city.
Peter Leonard’s All He Saw was the Girl is an intense drama of mistaken identity. One night in Rome, college buddies Chip Tallenger (rich and egotistical) and William McCabe (the son of a Detroit working class family) find themselves in an Italian jailhouse after Chip decides to steal a taxi. The pair clashes with an Italian thug, Roberto Mazara, who picks on Chip. Intervening between them is McCabe who rightfully puts Mazara in his place.
Their troubles seemed to be over when they are released from jail with the aid of Chip’s wealthy father. Chip places all of the blame on McCabe and thankful to be released, McCabe takes it all in. Their late night debacle makes it to the newspapers with the two college buddies’ names switched under their mugshots. Mazara then devises a plan with his gorgeous girlfriend to lure McCabe and get revenge on him; only thing is that they have mistakenly identified the wrong college student.
Peter’s writing style brilliantly pits the reader into a fast ride of curves and twists but never misses them. The characters within this book are so dynamic and full of spunk and attitude that whenever two of them meet, it is a clash of the egos. The shifting of the scenes from Italy to Detroit is done seamlessly and it is a non-stop action about finding out where the truth lies. All He Saw was the Girl is an all out suspense that is carried on by great writing that delivers intense action. Readers will find satisfaction after reading this book and will hurriedly scour the bookshelves for more of Peter Leonard's works.