Whiskey Island (Milan Jacovich Mysteries #16) [NOOK Book]


#16 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

An oversized appetite for fine dining, flashy suits, and Las Vegas call girls has made Cleveland councilman Bert Loftus the target of media scrutiny and an FBI investigation that may end his career. Now he says someone is trying to kill him. Eager to identify his attacker but not so eager to work with the cops, Loftus turns to private investigator Milan Jacovich (pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovitch) for...
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Whiskey Island (Milan Jacovich Mysteries #16)

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#16 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

An oversized appetite for fine dining, flashy suits, and Las Vegas call girls has made Cleveland councilman Bert Loftus the target of media scrutiny and an FBI investigation that may end his career. Now he says someone is trying to kill him. Eager to identify his attacker but not so eager to work with the cops, Loftus turns to private investigator Milan Jacovich (pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovitch) for help.

A working P.I. can't afford to be too choosy about his clients, so Milan takes the job—though he’s not inclined to take Loftus’s story seriously. At least it will be an opportunity to break in his new employee, young powder-keg Kevin "K.O." O'Bannion.

Milan and K.O. quickly notice that something smells fishy—and it isn’t just the Whiskey Island Marina, where local power brokers down pricey drinks in front of Lake Erie sunsets. Loftus and several Cleveland landlords appear to be involved in something much darker than a typical cash-for-favors trade.

After a kinky call girl is found dead near the Cleveland Zoo and secret sex tapes are discovered in her downtown high-rise, Milan and K.O. must follow a trail of bribes, bullet casings, and debauchery to find the killer and uncover the true menace amid the muck of local government corruption.

Luckily they have the help of Cleveland police detective Tobe Blaine, a tough-as-nails officer recently relocated from Cincinnati. She and Milan team up in their search for clues and discover they have much more in common than crime . . .
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Editorial Reviews

Akron Beacon Journal
The plot is up to the minute, all about favors and payoffs—politics as usual—and includes Roberts’ expected local color.
Eastern Standard Crime.com
A classic good-guy versus bad-guy story with enough gray area to keep me turning the pages and reading on.
Midwest Book Review
A fast paced and riveting read of fiction . . . a much recommended addition to mystery and thriller collections.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014967808
  • Publisher: Gray and Company, Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/18/2012
  • Series: Milan Jacovich Mysteries , #16
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 259
  • Sales rank: 271,045
  • File size: 550 KB

Meet the Author

Les Roberts is the author of 16 mystery novels featuring Cleveland detective Milan Jacovich, as well as 11 other books. 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 September 24, 2012

    Life Mirrors Art -- or is it the other way around?

    The mark of a true professional is that he (or she) makes whatever they do look so easy in the doing, that absolutely everyone listening or reading thinks they can do the same thing! No problem!

    Except, of course, they can’t. Or they would have been doing it. Les Roberts is a ‘writer’s writer’. He does make it look easy – every time. But his new book WHISKEY ISLAND goes so far beyond anything he’s done up until now that in comparison, those others only look like the work of a good writer. This book establishes him as a ‘pro’s pro’. No quibbles possible.

    In a radical departure from his usual style for the wonderful Milan Jacovich series – about a private investigator based in Cleveland, Ohio – all of them written in first person, this new one has alternating chapters. In different viewpoints and voices. Of course the aging Milan is still in first person, getting more gruntled every day. But in his last book, (The Cleveland Creep)
    Milan introduced a new ‘assistant’ - Kevin O’Bannion or K.O. who is working toward his own PI license.

    K.O.’s chapters are in omniscient viewpoint (the observer narrates rather than the character) which allows the youngster’s (he’s 24, he says) snarky insecurity to come through, big-time. K.O.’s background is a troubled one, but he wants to be accepted, and is mostly willing to work at improving himself, although he’d deny it if he was asked. Quite literally—this is fiction, remember!—K.O. saved Milan’s life in that previous book, but he also suffered a horrendous beating in the process. He still carries the marks, although they are fading.

    Echoing the political scandals and criminal happenings of the past few years in Cleveland, this one features a City Councilman on the take – Bert Loftus. Everything anyone wants done in this city goes through him, and he’s very grateful for the largesse thrown his way in the process. Until he irritates someone enough to take a pot-shot at him in his Lincoln Town Car after a few hours with a local hooker.

    This brings in a new character for the series (and hopefully a long-lived one) Detective Sergeant Tobe (Toby) Blaine, a recent import from Cincinnati. She’s a 40-ish Black woman who takes no nonsense from anyone. She works for Florence McHargue, another Black woman who’s in charge of Homicide and clashes violently with Milan. Some of the banter between these three and K.O. is absolutely priceless!

    Goodness knows, one needs the occasional humor to soften the bleak dishonesty and greedy outrageousness of the politicians and others on the take. When all paths seem to lead away from city officials to someone bigger, Milan and K.O. dig a bit deeper and find the big kahuna – the County’s Prosecutor, Jim Hundley.

    In the end, Loftus is the only one still physically intact, although he’s on the way to a Federal prison. Hundley and his hit-men are in the hospital awaiting trial, K.O. is still mending from his fight to get away from those same hit-men who’d kidnapped him, and Milan has his right arm in a sling.

    There’s never a dull moment in WHISKEY ISLAND, a fast-paced intelligent book, that is quite possibly my favorite of all the Milan Jacovich books. I hope there are sixteen more of them in our future.

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