Lincoln native tells local story with ‘Chase to the Encore’

Lincoln native tells local story with ‘Chase to the Encore’

People talk often about combining passions, but Peter Loiselle is taking a unique approach in that pursuit.

Loiselle, who grew up in Lincoln and today lives in Germany, has released his first novel, “Chase to the Encore,” combining it with its own music album, with him on drums/percussion and vocals. The book is set in northern Rhode Island and along the Blackstone River in the 1980s.

The accompanying album represents a soundtrack of 11 original songs for the novel.

“I think someone’s got to be the first one,” says Loiselle, laughing about his idea for combining a book with an album. “Music is one of my biggest passions.”

The main character in the book, Luke Moore, is front man in his band, Four-n-Moore.

“Luke takes the reader on a wild ride as he battles against the mob to protect a dear friend who is seeking justice to right a past wrong,” states a synopsis. “The lyrics, written by Luke, are contained within the body of the book and portray the events happening within the story at that point in time.”

Loiselle, who goes by the pen name P.G. Loiselle, has been playing the drums since age 16. He remembers loving the sounds of Jethro Tull as a 2nd-grader.

Loiselle said the project “just kind of developed,” starting one night a few years ago. Unable to sleep, he just started writing about how he felt, which turned into a song. Then he got the idea that he could combine the song with a book.

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Loiselle said he’s spent a lot of time, effort and money developing the songs to go with the book, which can be found at .

Growing up in Lincoln, the town “was a huge playground,” as Loiselle recalls.

“Back then, in the ’70s, everything was still OK,” he said. “You were allowed to do a lot of things.”

He wouldn’t even come home from school some days, hanging out with friends in the mills or at the shopping plazas, “everywhere our little legs” would take us, including the woods behind Lonsdale School.

Now living in a suburb of Frankfurt, said Loiselle, his own children also have learned to be self-sufficient.

Much of his novel takes place in the mills along the Blackstone River, which is where the main characters hide out.

Around page 30 of the book, Loiselle said he realized he needed some adventure. Knowing mob boss Ray Patriarca came from Lincoln, and having a former girlfriend in California who had told him Patriarca was her uncle, he decided to incorporate the old crime bosses. He remembers listening to a Crimetown podcast describing mobsters parking cars at Ann & Hope, where he used to hang out all the time.

Not wanting to be too cliché with the Italian mob, Loiselle incorporated the Portuguese mob into his book.

“I don’t know if they exist, but maybe they do,” he said.

He remembers going to his first best friend’s house after school and eating snails and other “funky stuff” found in Portuguese households. The girl who’s trying to fight for justice in “Chase to the Encore” is also Portuguese, he said.

Several prominent Rhode Islanders make an appearance in the book:

• Carolyn Fox and Rudy Cheeks are prominent in several scenes, including a scene at Rocky Point.

• Buddy Cianci is master of ceremonies at a concert.

• Frank Santos Sr., the R-Rated Hypnotist, does his bit.

• And John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band are featured.

Loiselle graduated from the University of Rhode Island and received a master’s degree in business from the University of California at Irvine. A CPA, he’s an executive for SAP in Germany, where he lives with his wife, Janka, and daughters, Zoe and Mia.

Funny enough, he fled New England for California originally to escape the chill and find the big world outside of Rhode Island, but later ended up in cold Germany.

“My wife brought me back to Germany as a souvenir,” he said, laughing.

Besides his day job as a “hardcore business geek,” he also studied audio engineering and plays drums and sings in his band, Crazy Horst.

A synopsis of Loiselle’s book describes Luke Moore as someone trying to escape a dead-end job, a tyrant of a boss, and chronic insomnia.

“Everything seems so promising. That is until Amy, a feisty coworker Luke’s in love with, pulls a bold move against a mafia boss named Stone to right a past wrong,” it reads. “She draws Luke and his four bandmates into her perilous scheme to lock away Stone for good, which could not only end the young men’s music careers but also mean the final curtain for them all.”

It adds, “Amy is forced to go into hiding, and Stone is desperate to find her. He sees Luke as the key to his search. Together with his hoodlums, the mobster terrorizes the group of friends; he sabotages their musical endeavors and pushes them beyond wit’s end until the bond between them starts to crumble.”

Find the self-published “Chase to the Encore,” released after eight years of work, on Amazon.