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Firefighers in action at the S. S. Kresge fire in Cleveland in 1908

Cleveland’s Saddest Fourth – The 1908 S. S. Kresge Fireworks Explosion

If you drive by 2025 Ontario Street today you might easily miss it. But on July 3, 1908, that address became history—terrible history. You’d never guess, to look at its modern glass-and-trim front, that it was once the scene of a fiery, exploding holocaust that brought death to seven, injury to dozens, and a day of terror, tears, heroism, and shame to the city of Cleveland. For this is the site of the S. S. Kresge fireworks explosion and fire …

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Speaking of Murder: A Milan Jacovich Mystery, by Les Roberts and Dan S. Kennedy. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

Speaking of Murder – Prologue and Chapter 1

Do you ever get the feeling that you really need help? I don’t mean help to open a jar of peanut butter, clean your garage, hold the ladder while you clean the gutters, or tell you what ingredient is missing when you’re cooking pasta sauce from scratch. …

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Ashtabula Hat Trick: A Milan Jacovich Mystery, by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

The Ashtabula Hat Trick – Chapter One

“Not exactly the world’s most luxurious vacation resort,” Tobe murmured as we pulled into the parking lot of the little motel just off the I-90 exit after an hour’s drive from her place on the near West Side of Cleveland. The motel where the Cleveland P.D. had made a reservation for us—or rather, for Tobe, as I was just along for the ride—looked like those that appeared in many films noir of the 1950s …

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Whiskey Island: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#16), by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

Whiskey Island – Prologue

I think I’ve lived long enough to figure it out: Everybody is in one way or another corrupt. Maybe they got a little too much change back from a supermarket cashier and quietly pocketed it without comment. Maybe in school they copied answers from another kid’s paper—or shoplifted a comic book or a candy bar from the local store. Maybe they cheated on their income tax …

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The Cleveland Creep: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#15), by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

The Cleveland Creep – Chapter One

When a child goes missing, there is nothing more frightening, tragic, or terror-inducing for the distraught parent. Most never give up hoping. That’s how it was for my new client, Savannah Dacey—even though her “child” was a grown man in his twenties.

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