The Irish Sports Pages (Milan Jacovich Mysteries #13)

The Irish Sports Pages (Milan Jacovich Mysteries #13)

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by Les Roberts
     
 

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#13 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

“[A] roller coaster ride of a mystery . . . Roberts speeds the reader through an investigation offering plenty of delicious twists and turns without ever compromising credibility.” — Publishers Weekly

“Typically entertaining: plotting, characterization, and setting dovetail…  See more details below

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#13 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

“[A] roller coaster ride of a mystery . . . Roberts speeds the reader through an investigation offering plenty of delicious twists and turns without ever compromising credibility.” — Publishers Weekly

“Typically entertaining: plotting, characterization, and setting dovetail into an excellent reading experience for mystery fans. Jacovich is tough and intelligent and possesses enough self-awareness to make him very good company indeed. Heartily recommended.” — Booklist

A slick con man, posing as a recent immigrant from County Mayo all alone in America, is preying on the clannish loyalties of the Irish community in Cleveland for gifts, money, and other less tangible treats. When Common Pleas Judge Maureen Hartigan realizes she’s been bamboozled, she and her daughter, Cathleen, hire private eye Milan Jacovich (it’s pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovitch) to chase down the swindler.

But the con man turns up dead in a skanky motel room, and Milan finds himself tangled in the world of the local Irish godfather, Con McCardle, who is connected with the IRA.

Milan also finds himself once again face-to-face with Cathleen Hartigan, an old flame that never quite kindled. Their own feelings clash with the more urgent need to solve a murder.

Milan learns a lot about Irish customs and cultures—including “the Irish sports pages.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012993700
Publisher:
Gray and Company, Publishers
Publication date:
06/01/2002
Series:
Milan Jacovich Mysteries , #13
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
301,948
File size:
513 KB

Meet the Author

Les Roberts is the author of 15 mystery novels featuring Cleveland detective Milan Jacovich and 9 other books of fiction. The past president of both the Private Eye Writers of America and the American Crime Writer’s League, he came to mystery writing after a 24-year career in Hollywood. He was the first producer and head writer of “The Hollywood Squares” and wrote for “The Andy Griffith Show,” “The Jackie Gleason Show,” and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” among others. He has been a professional actor, a singer, a jazz musician, and a teacher. In 2003 he received the Sherwood Anderson Literary Award. A native of Chicago, he now lives in Northeast Ohio.

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Irish Sports Pages 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Cleveland, Cathleen Hartigan arranges a meeting between her mother Common Pleas Judge Maureen Hartigan and an almost boy friend private investigator Milan Jacovich. The Judge wants Milan to find Irish con artist Brian McFall, who told Maureen, her brother Hugh Cochran, and his friends that he just came from the ¿auld¿ country, but has been unable to find his cousin in Akron. Brian conned Hugh and Maureen out of several thousand dollars and stole some photographs that the Judge wants back.

Finding the vanished Brian through his several identities turns out to be quite easy as someone murdered McFall. Cleveland Police Lieutenant Florence McHargue lectures Milan to stay out of her case, but he cannot remain on the sidelines as Cathleen¿s family is suspects and he might be too. Then there is also the real killer targeting Milan for a spot in THE IRISH SPORTS PAGE, better known as the obituaries.

The latest Jacovich mystery like most if not all the other series novels contains an entertaining tour of Cleveland through the ethnic neighborhoods. Though nothing new from the previous dozen Jacovich tales surface, the investigation remains fun to observe as readers know what to expect with Milan retaining his charm as a strong lead sleuth and his greatest enemy Florence somewhat tolerating him at best when it is convenient to her case. Fans of the series will feel fortunate that the thirteenth entry consists of a solid investigative plot starring a steady hero.

Harriet Klausner