A Shoot in Cleveland (Milan Jacovich Series #9)

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Cleveland P.I. Milan Jacovich is back on his own turf and recovering from the death of his best friend and partner. Hoping a new assignment will take his mind off his troubles, he accepts an "easy" job baby-sitting the up-and-coming star of a Hollywood film that is being shot in Cleveland. A wild box-office hunk, Darren Anderson has a reputation for scandalous behavior, and the producer of the movie is depending on Milan to see to it that he doesn't get into any trouble. When Darren seduces the underage daughter ...
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A Shoot in Cleveland (Milan Jacovich Mysteries #9)

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Cleveland P.I. Milan Jacovich is back on his own turf and recovering from the death of his best friend and partner. Hoping a new assignment will take his mind off his troubles, he accepts an "easy" job baby-sitting the up-and-coming star of a Hollywood film that is being shot in Cleveland. A wild box-office hunk, Darren Anderson has a reputation for scandalous behavior, and the producer of the movie is depending on Milan to see to it that he doesn't get into any trouble. When Darren seduces the underage daughter of the film's major investor right under Milan's nose, the actor faces possible police charges and the angry father pulls his investment. Milan - disgusted with the actor's reprehensible behavior - quits his job in a fury. The next day Darren is found murdered, and Milan unwillingly finds himself in the spotlight as he becomes both suspect and P.I. on the case in an attempt to clear his name and relieve his guilty conscience.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Roberts’ ninth Milan Jacovich book, with its intriguing plot, provocative philosophical dilemmas, and strong Travis McGee-like hero, is his best yet. This is a series that gets better and better, and is strongly recommended for those who like their detectives cut from the classic mold.
Ohioana Quarterly
With mystery, believable and distinctive characters, and a smidgen of violence, plus romance, this novel can only add to Roberts’ fan club.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the ninth Milan Jacovich mystery (The Cleveland Local, 1997, etc.), Roberts makes fine narrative use of the unlikely mix of Cleveland's blue-collar ethnic traditions with the fairy tale world of a movie shoot. PI Jacovich, depressed since the shooting death of his closest friend, homicide cop Marko Meglich, finally takes on a job, agreeing to try to keep Darren Anderson, the young star of a big-budget movie being filmed locally, out of trouble. Self-absorbed and hedonistic, Anderson has a weakness for underage girls. Evading Jacovich, he seduces the 15-year-old daughter of one of the movie's investors. Milan quits in disgust when Anderson tells him about it. The next day, the star is found shot to death, leaving a long list of suspects. Along with Jacovich, these include the 15-year-old's father; another woman whom Anderson had dallied with; that woman's jealous boyfriend; Anderson's co-star, who claims he had been harassing her; and Anderson's mother, stepfather and biological father. Staying on the case for his own reasons, Jacovich soon comes upon another corpse and, figuring out the killer's identity, finds himself in grievous danger before the tale's conclusion. Roberts, who also writes the Saxon series, tells his tale in spare and potent prose. His Cleveland stories get better and better, offering far more than regional insights and pleasures. (June)
Kirkus Reviews
Still mourning the shooting of his best friend, Lt. Marko Meglich (The Cleveland Local, 1997), Milan Jacovich is in no mood to go back to work. But producer Sidney Friedman insists he'd be the perfect minder for Monarch Films' callow megastar Darren Anderson, who's come to Cleveland to shoot exteriors for Street Games. It's easy money for serving as an all-expense-paid tour guide, says Sidney ("Mr. Friedman is my father, and he's dead." Milan dutifully leads irresistible, narcissistic Darren around town for two weeks before taking a Sunday off at this charge's insistence. So he's not around to see Darren's assignation in Edgewater Park with the underage daughter of the film's major backer, or—since he quits Sidney on the spot when he finds out about Darren's roving eye—to see Darren get shot back in his Bay Village apartment the next day. From here on in, things get even more smoothly conventional, as Milan swears to avenge the kid he let down, goes hunting for suspects who might not have liked Darren (starting with the Cleveland and Hollywood phone books), finds a promising new love, and gets caught amid a school of sharks—Darren's hopeful heirs, a predatory tabloid hostess, a jealous fianc‚ convinced Milan's moving in on his intended, the ubiquitous Cleveland mob—who all want a piece of him. Roberts puts her story through its paces with vigor and heart, if without any real surprises.
From the Publisher
"Boston has Spenser. Detroit has Amos Walker. And Cleveland has Milan Jacovich."—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Roberts writes with sharp wit, creates action scenes that are drawn with flair, and puts emotional life into a range of people."—Washington Post Book World

"A corker of a whodunit...Gritting, grim, humorous, sentimental-a perfect 10."—Chicago Sun-Times on Collision Bend

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598510096
  • Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/15/2005
  • Series: Milan Jacovich Mysteries , #9
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 286
  • Sales rank: 788,302
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Les Roberts, a native Chicagoan, lives in his adopted hometown of Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He moved there from Hollywood, where, among other things, he was the producer of The Hollywood Squares. Past president of the Private Eye Writers of America, Roberts won the initial St. Martin's Press/PWA Best First Private Eye Novel Contest in 1986.

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