Win, Place, or Die: A Milan Jacovich / K.O. O'Bannion Mystery

Win, Place, or Die: A Milan Jacovich / K.O. O'Bannion Mystery

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by Les Roberts, Dan Kennedy
     
 

The sudden death of a client leads private investigator Milan Jacovich (MY-lan YOCK-ovitich) and new associate Kevin “K.O.” O’Bannion behind the scenes at a harness racing track, where they find no shortage of odd characters, suspicious activities . . . and danger.

Did wealthy horse owner/driver Glenn Gallagher make one too many enemies in the

Overview

The sudden death of a client leads private investigator Milan Jacovich (MY-lan YOCK-ovitich) and new associate Kevin “K.O.” O’Bannion behind the scenes at a harness racing track, where they find no shortage of odd characters, suspicious activities . . . and danger.

Did wealthy horse owner/driver Glenn Gallagher make one too many enemies in the competitive racing world at Northcoast Downs? (Certainly the track’s owner, chilly Chloe Markham, isn’t mourning his loss.) Or did someone involved with Gallagher’s investment firm want him dead?

Things get more complicated when Milan spots local mob boss Victor Gaimari at the funeral. Victor does have a legitimate investment business . . . but his henchman was seen lingering trackside at Northcoast Downs. Is there a connection?

Though eager to learn the P.I. business, K.O. still has trouble staying out of trouble. Assigned to dig up some dirt in the horse barns, he tangles with hot-tempered trainer Del Fiddler, who’s jealous of his flirtatious and curvaceous wife—and handy with a horse whip.

Another body turns up at the track, but the local sheriff’s office won’t share leads with a private investigator. Milan’s new flame, Cleveland police detective Tobe Blaine, can’t help; she’s out of her jurisdiction in Summit County.

Milan finally confronts the killer alone—and once again finds himself in deep trouble!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938441370
Publisher:
Gray & Company, Publishers
Publication date:
06/30/2013
Series:
Milan Jacovich Mysteries, #17
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Les Roberts is the author of 16 mystery novels featuring Cleveland detective Milan Jacovich, as well as 11 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.

Dan S. Kennedy is a strategic business and marketing advisor, consultant, and professional speaker, and he is author of more than twenty business books (www.NoBSBooks.com). He was born, raised, and lives in the Cleveland area. His love of harness racing began in his youth.

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Win, Place, or Die: A Milan Jacovich / K.O. O'Bannion Mystery 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
HonoluLou More than 1 year ago
Another awesome read by Les Roberts. This is what I would call "light-noir" mystery and it's very easy reading. I actually got so caught up in it, I think I read it in about 4 days! And the sub-culture of Cleveland and all it's quirks is great! Waiting for the next one! TXS Lou
amyalexander More than 1 year ago
What a disappontment this book was! The author has NO clue about harness racing, sketching out a false and very unappealing picture of the sport; additionally, his characters are flat and unappealing, giving the reader no interest in them whatsoever. As far as the mystery itself, there were very few clues and the entire piece never really came together, I'm very sorry that I spent the money on this book and will most definitely NOT be reading another from this author.
Deacon_Tate More than 1 year ago
Les Roberts has written another great book. I really enjoyed reading this, especially as Milan is confronting the fact that he is growing older and not able to do all the things he has done in the past. And his young associate, K. O., is developing also. I hope that Les Roberts keeps them coming.
qstewart More than 1 year ago
This is my introduction to Les Roberts and his character Milan Jacovich.  I enjoyed his insights into the geography and culture of Cleveland and in this book his look at harness racing.  With the aid of Dan S. Kennedy Roberts gives a view of what life is like for the workers in the shadows at a harness race track with the jealousies and rumors that probably goes on at all tracks.   The private detective Jacovich is a well-developed character and I look forward to going back and reading the whole series of books in which he is the main character.  All of the characters seem to be real and are developed to the point that you become involved in their lives. The story begins with a trip to the track with a millionaire client who is a horse owner and driver who dies in Milan’s arms.  The son of this man asks Milan to investigate and see if there are anything unusual about his father’s death.  Milan and his employee K.O. split up the work questioning the workers in the barn area of the track and the rich people that had contact with the decease.  The investigation is entwined with the personal lives of the two investigators.  A very good and enjoyable read. I plan on looking up the previous books in this series and look forward to getting to know Milan better.