We'll Always Have Cleveland ( #99) by Les Roberts

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We'll Always Have Cleveland by Les Roberts
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We'll Always Have Cleveland

A Memoir of a Novelist and a City

by Les Roberts

  • Hardcover, 180 pages, 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-59851-014-0
A warm, loving portrait of a city and the surrounding area—smoothly and sincerely written. — Ohioana Quarterly

In this memoir, novelist Les Roberts tells how he discovered the heart and soul of a city while fictionalizing it for a series of mysteries.

When Roberts, a TV producer at the time, arrived in Cleveland from L.A. for a short-term consulting job in 1986, he never dreamed that, just months later, he'd find himself so completely won over by the place that he'd give up the glitz of Hollywood and put down roots in this rustbelt city. It took only a few weeks in Cleveland to convince Roberts that the city was a ripe setting for his next private-eye novel. Then, a chance meeting on an airplane led him to the inspiration for his new character: Milan Jacovich. The combination proved very successful. Thirteen Milan Jacovich novels resulted, and with each book Roberts drew more heavily on real Cleveland places and people.

Roberts writes about his favorite locations and his favorite people (and at least one person who was not happy to find himself in a novel). It will appeal to fans of the series, fans of the city, and aspiring novelists who want to learn how one writer took a city and made it his own through fiction.

Reviews
A nearly perfect paean to a particular place and the people who made it that way, and continue to keep it so . . . It's almost as though you were invited into a warm, charming home on a cold, snowy night . . . You know it's true love as you listen to Les talk about his city here; he praises the people—their warmth and sincerity, but doesn't flinch from the warts to be found here, either . . . Les Roberts is a writer, and a damned good one. — coolcleveland.com
Mystery readers, particularly of Cleveland and Clevelanders in general, should enjoy Roberts' exploration of the city. Aspiring writers should enjoy his techniques and his dedication as a new mystery is born . . . Generally, a warm, loving portrait of a city and the surrounding area—smoothly and sincerely written. Thank you, Les Roberts, for a positive look at Cleveland. — Ohioana Quarterly
A marvelous book. The tone is captivating. Reading it is like having a private conversation with Les Roberts. He brings to life the many people and places native Clevelanders take for granted. — WVIZ TV25
[Roberts] writes accurately and honestly about Cleveland and the other locations that find their way into his novels . . . I felt like I was having a firsthand experience. . . As I turned the pages of this book, I once again appreciated the author's wit (he always makes me laugh out loud) and his smooth style of writing . . . More than just one book. It's three books: it is a memoir, a personally guided tour of Northeast Ohio and it is a book about writing. — Medina County Gazette
In addition to the rewarding Cleveland friendships, Roberts' book is enriched by the intimate glimpses he offers of the writer's life, the writing process itself, and some of his more meaningful personal experiences, including a bout with cancer and finding the love of his life . . . After 15 years of life on the North coast, Roberts is still madly in love with Cleveland and northeast Ohio—both the current reality and the promise of what they could be—and he loves the life he's had here. — Mount Vernon News
Those living in Cleveland who haunt the same places as the fictional [private eye Milan] Jacovich, or visit the same restaurants and inns that impress Roberts, will enjoy reading about them. Those who have not been there might want to make it their business to do so. — Hinckley Record
About Les Roberts
Les Roberts

Les Roberts is the author of 17 mystery novels featuring Cleveland private investigator 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 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 and is a film and literary critic. More About Les Roberts

Contains References to:

Andy Griffith Show, Author Memoirs, Cash Explosion, Cleveland Author, Cleveland Heights, Cleveland Mysteries, Deep Shaker, Kent State, Man From U.N.C.L.E., Milan Jacovich, Nighttown, Pepper Pike, Slovenian Americans, Stroh's , The Hollywood Squares, The Lucy Show, Vivian Truscott, West Side Market, Wilma Smith

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