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The Cleveland Local: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#8), by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

The Cleveland Local – Chapter One

It was a black-and-white-movie morning when I opened my office, looked out the window down the Cuyahoga River, and saw the angry thunderheads hunkered over Lake Erie. It was one of those mornings we get in Cleveland at the end of April. We’ve been looking at gray skies and fastening our coats and jackets up to the top button for almost eight months, and the longing for a spot of sunshine and warmth to burn through the pewter-colored overcast becomes as urgent and palpable as the throbbing of an infected hangnail.

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Collision Bend: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#7), by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

Collision Bend – Chapter One

Virginia Carville was, as usual, right between my bare feet.
That’s because she was the special reporter and sometime coanchor on the eleven o’clock news on Channel 12, and I’m generally lying on my bed when I watch her.
I met her once or twice several years ago when she was an eager college intern at the station and still known as Ginger. It wasn’t until after she’d progressed to newswriter and then to full-fledged reporter that she began insisting everyone call her Virginia because it was more dignified.

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The Duke of Cleveland: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#6), by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

The Duke of Cleveland

The wonderful thing about art, I suppose, is that it doesn’t really have to do anything. Like the Gateway Arch in St. Louis or the Mona Lisa or Rodin’s The Kiss—all that is asked of it is that it be beautiful.
It doesn’t work that way with people.

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The Lake Effect: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#5), by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

The Lake Effect – Chapter One

I owed Victor Gaimari a favor. Favor being a broad, all-purpose word subject to many interpretations, you might think I’d be picking up his dry cleaning or driving him to the airport or taking his homely visiting cousin to dinner and a show. But it wasn’t that kind of a favor.

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The Cleveland Connection: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#4), by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

The Cleveland Connection – Chapter One

You could have knocked me over with a feather. Joe Bradac was the last guy I’d expect to see standing on the threshold of my apartment at nine o’clock on a Monday morning. A cop at the door wouldn’t have surprised me. It could have been my landlord—I try to pay my rent by the fifth of the month, but occasionally I forget. Maybe a Jehovah’s Witness. Once in a while even a dissatisfied client shows up at the door—things happen, after all. But not Joe Bradac …

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Deep Shaker: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (#3), by Les Roberts. Published by Gray & Company, Publishers. Front cover of book.

Deep Shaker – Chapter One

Like me, Matt Baznik is Slovenian, a big solid guy with a receding hairline, a roll of fat around his middle. He was huddled in frigid misery in his car coat, draining his sixth beer, which undoubtedly added to his chill, cheering listlessly every time the Steelers fumbled or had a kick blocked, which seemed to be every few minutes or so. He didn’t appear to be having a very good time. “You want another beer, Milan?” he said. “Or maybe a sausage sangwidge?”

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