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King of the Holly Hop: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#14), by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

King of the Holly Hop – Chapter One

Three surprises make a high school reunion strongly resemble a visit to hell. First, you’re surprised some of the people you were sure would be there are missing. They’ve either moved far away, or they have no desire to join the reunion. Second, you’re surprised some of those you never dreamed would attend actually show up.
Third: you find yourself there too.

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The Irish Sports Pages: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#13), by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

The Irish Sports Pages – Chapter One

The atmosphere in the bar seemed to actually be humming, or rather vibrating like a well-played violin string, with a purity of tone and pitch worthy of a concert hall. Whether it was in anticipation of great food or the promise of something yet unspoken, I didn’t know. You won’t find a better-dressed, better-connected, or better-looking crowd in all of Cleveland …

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The Dutch: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#12), by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

The Dutch – Chapter One

The dark space under the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge is, I think, a singularly lousy place to die. The bridge, with its four landmark pylons in the shape of giants, “Titans of Transportation,” holding in their huge hands various modes of travel like buses and trucks and streetcars, stretches across the Cuyahoga River and connects the two avenues for which it is named, and is one of the primary arteries between the east and west sides of Cleveland. …

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The Indian Sign: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#11), by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

The Indian Sign – Chapter One

It was snowing hard the first time I saw the old Indian. A gentle, Currier and Ives Christmas card kind of snowfall, with big fat flakes whose facets catch the light as they drift downward, pirouetting madly in the eddying currents of the warmer air closer to the earth.

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The Best-Kept Secret: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#10), by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

The Best-Kept Secret – Chapter One

I make my living as a private investigator and security specialist, a job that fulfills and enriches me as well as pays the bills. Still, I’m not presumptuous enough to say exactly why I was put here on earth, because I don’t know. And when I meet somebody who does …

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A Shoot in Cleveland: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#9), by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

A Shoot in Cleveland – Chapter One

Everybody is addicted to something. Tobacco, alcohol, cocaine, sex, gambling, food? Except for the nose candy, I’m addicted to all of them, to a greater or lesser degree. I’ve smoked Winstons for more than twenty years, although periodically I try to cut down. I enjoy a beer, I’m inordinately fond of women, I like to bet on football games, and one quick glance tells you I haven’t missed many meals …

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