Collision Bend (Milan Jacovich Series #7)

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Since Les Roberts first introduced him in Pepper Pike, the Cleveland private eye Milan Jacovich and his creator have gone on to win the hearts of readers and reviewers alike with Roberts's affectionate portrayal of his rough-around-the-edges midwestern home. The brutal death of Virginia Carville, one of Cleveland's up-and-coming television reporters, shocks the city, and even ex-cop Milan is not immune. He had met the young woman on several occasions with his former lover, Mary Soderberg, the television station's...
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Collision Bend (Milan Jacovich Mysteries #7)

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Overview

Since Les Roberts first introduced him in Pepper Pike, the Cleveland private eye Milan Jacovich and his creator have gone on to win the hearts of readers and reviewers alike with Roberts's affectionate portrayal of his rough-around-the-edges midwestern home. The brutal death of Virginia Carville, one of Cleveland's up-and-coming television reporters, shocks the city, and even ex-cop Milan is not immune. He had met the young woman on several occasions with his former lover, Mary Soderberg, the television station's top sales executive. Mary broke Milan's heart when she left, but now she's back to ask a favor. The police have as their chief suspect Steve Cirini, the station's sales manager and the man Mary left Milan for. Milan reluctantly agrees to take the job, and soon is up to his neck in big trouble.
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Editorial Reviews

Meritorious Mysteries
Roberts is a wordsmith of high order, and Collision Bend is a terrific novel of the mean streets.
The Plain Dealer
The strengths of this book lie in the simplicity of the story and the delightful writing, plotting, and characterization skills of Les Roberts.
Booklist
If John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee lives on, it’s in Les Roberts’ Milan Jacovich. Like the legendary McGee, Jacovich is a man of principle, a quixotic philosopher, and a gentle giant who’s wise, caring, and as confused about life as the rest of us . . . Roberts, who writes some of today’s best testosterone-laced PI stories, offers a pithy plot, world-weary but witty dialogue, and an appealing portrait of the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of often-maligned Cleveland.
Kirkus Reviews
Slavs, as Milan Jacovich observes, aren't prone to forgive and forget. So it's not easy for Milan to say yes when his former lover, Channel 12 sales exec Mary Soderberg, wants to hire Milan Security on behalf of Steve Cirini, the smarmy charmer who stole her away from Milan. The Cleveland cops like Steve for the strangling of rising Channel 12 star Virginia Carville. Since the other suspects, though they offer strikingly different opinions of Ginger—was she a careerist saint, a hard-nosed pro, a hot- bodied bedmate, or an amoral user?—share a conspicuous lack of motive, it looks like a tough case—unless, of course, Milan minds failing and watching Steve twist slowly in the wind. But a cryptic series of notes on a diskette Mary filches from Ginger's desk leads Milan to an explosive story Ginger was working on, a story that casts many of the suspects in a nasty new light. Working through his own romantic problems—a particularly masterly scene takes Milan and his current partner from tender, spirited lovemaking to breakup—Milan follows the trail of Ginger's story to a satisfyingly surprising denouement.

The only flaw in Milan's seventh case (The Duke of Cleveland, 1995, etc.): a vital clue cribbed from one of the best-known contemporary mysteries. Otherwise, all is low-key perfection.

From the Publisher
"Gritty, grim, humorous, sentimental-a perfect 10." —Chicago Sun-Times

"Roberts, who writes some of today's best...P.I. stories, offers a pithy plot, world-weary but witty dialogue, and an appealing portrait of the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of often-maligned Cleveland." —Booklist

"[An] excellent series." —Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598510072
  • Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/15/2005
  • Series: Milan Jacovich Mysteries , #7
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 1,393,277
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Les Roberts 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 PWA/St. Martin's best first private eye novel contest in 1986.

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