The Cleveland Connection (Milan Jacovich Mysteries #4) by Les Roberts

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Cleveland Connection by Les Roberts
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The Cleveland Connection

A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#4)

by Les Roberts

  • Softcover, 278 pages, 5.1 x 8 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-59851-004-1

#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.

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) — Booklist
Roberts' most ambitious work thus far . . . A potent plot . . . a brave, satisfying story. — Publisher's Weekly
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. — The Washington Post
Very good and very tough . . . Les Roberts has written an extremely good novel that is well worth reading by all, not just mystery lovers. — Armchair Detective
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. — San Diego Union Tribune
The Cleveland Connection: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#4), by Les Roberts
About Les Roberts
Les Roberts

Les Roberts is the author of 18 mystery novels featuring Cleveland private eye 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 Writers League, he came to mystery writing after a 24-year career in Hollywood writing and producing television shows. He has been a professional actor, a singer, a jazz musician, and a teacher. A native of Chicago, he now lives in Northeast Ohio. More About Les Roberts

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Chagrin Falls, Cleveland Fiction, Cleveland Flats, Cleveland Mysteries, Cuyahoga County, Lake County, Little Italy, Mayfield Road, Milan Jacovich, Severance Hall, Strohs, University Circle,

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