Created by Les Roberts
Cleveland's the stomping ground for tough, likeable, blue collar private eye MILAN JACOVICH (pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovich)) an ordinary joe kinda guy, in this solid series. He's an ex-football player, well-educated, and fiercely proud of his Slovenian heritage, his working class roots and his hometown. In fact, Jacovich almost does for Cleveland what Spenser does for Boston. Alas, it's still Cleveland.
And Roberts' emphasis on Milan being just an average joe almost backfires -- he ends up being almost too average.
Fortunately, roberts himself is an above-average writer, and the series, in its solid, dependable way has moved from strength to strength with each new novel. His efforts to deal with being a divorced father, as well as his efforts to get back into the dating scene, humanize him in a way few P.I. series dare. They're well-written, and carefully plotted, with always believable characters. And, as a specialist in industrial security, they're also often quite challenging, presenting us with some tasty moral and ethical dilemmas. Highly recommended.
Author Les Roberts was born and bred in Chicago, but currently lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He moved there from Hollywood where, among other things, he produced The Hollywood Squares and wrote for The Andy Griffith Show and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He's a past president of the Private Eye Writers of America, where his first book, about private eye/novelist/actor Saxon, was the very first winner of the St. Martin's Press/PWA Best First P.I. Novel Contest. In 2003 he received the Sherwood Anderson Literary Award. A native of Chicago, he now lives in northeast Ohio.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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