The Cleveland Connection (Milan Jacovich Series #4)

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#4 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

Private investigator Milan Jacovich (it’s pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovich) is Slovenian-American, but he’s familiar with the varied ethnic groups that make up the city of Cleveland. An elderly Serbian man has gone missing, and when his granddaughter suspects foul play, Milan agrees to take up the search.

In the meantime, Milan’s good friend, Plain Dealer reporter Ed Stahl, has written a column critical of the gangster element on ...

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Overview

#4 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

Private investigator Milan Jacovich (it’s pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovich) is Slovenian-American, but he’s familiar with the varied ethnic groups that make up the city of Cleveland. An elderly Serbian man has gone missing, and when his granddaughter suspects foul play, Milan agrees to take up the search.

In the meantime, Milan’s good friend, Plain Dealer reporter Ed Stahl, has written a column critical of the gangster element on Cleveland’s Murray Hill, and is now being threatened and harassed, which brings Milan into direct conflict with a millionaire garbage hauler and an out-of-town muscle punk named Nello Trinetti.

The Serbs and the Slovenians traditionally don’t get along too well, but Milan makes inroads into Cleveland’s Serbian community after a shocking murder, eventually coming face-to-face with its unofficial mayor, Lazo Samarzic, an angry and militant man who runs a produce stand in the historic old West Side Market.

Hatreds that have simmered for fifty years eventually explode as Milan Jacovich takes on one of his most challenging cases.

The return of the P.I. who revealed Cleveland, Ohio, as one of the country's most interesting cities. Private eye Milan Jacovich was born in the U.S., but he considers himself a Slovene. He finds himself mixed up in ethnic tensions when he is convinced to search for a Serbian man by his beautiful granddaughter. An ominous secret and a mobster hit-man complicate the suspenseful story.

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Editorial Reviews

Armchair Detective
Very good and very tough . . . Les Roberts has written an extremely good novel that is well worth reading by all, not just mystery lovers.
Booklist
Roberts is one of the best crime writers around, and The Cleveland Connection is his best effort yet. The plot has all the right ingredients-danger, suspense, intrigue, action-in all the right amounts; Milan Jacovich is the kind of guy we want on our side when the chips are down . . . Don’t miss this one. (Starred review)
San Diego Union Tribune
In Milan Jacovich, Les Roberts has created an ingratiating hero and furnished him with an intriguing case to solve, together with a timely take on what has, for centuries, made the Balkans such a dark and bloody ground.
The Washington Post
There’s an affection for Cleveland and an insistence on its ethnic, working-class life that gives vividness to the detection. Roberts writes with sharp wit, creates action scenes that are drawn with flair, and puts emotional life into a range of people.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This fourth Milan Jacovich mystery, about the murder of a retired Serbian factory worker, is "a brave, satisfying story," said PW. (June)
Book World Washington Post
"Robers writes with sharp wit, creates action scenes that are drawn with flair, and puts emotional life into a range of people."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598510041
  • Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/15/2005
  • Series: Milan Jacovich Mysteries , #4
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 380,031
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Les Roberts is the author of 15 mystery novels featuring Cleveland detective Milan Jacovich, as well as 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, a teacher, and a film critic. In 2003 he received the Sherwood Anderson Literary Award. A native of Chicago, he now lives in Northeast Ohio.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Love the Milan Jacovich series of books.

    I love the Milan Jacovich books. I live in Arizona now, but growing up in Cleveland the series of books bring back so many memories. I enjoy them very much. Keep up the good work Mr. Roberts and thank you.

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