Search Results: "Les Roberts"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STRANGE DEATH OF FATHER CANDY by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A feast of vengeance served piping hot that's quite a departure for the generally more reflective creator of Milan Jacovich (The Irish Sports Pages, 2002, etc.)."
In 1985, a hardened Vietnam veteran who's settled in Chicago returns to Youngstown, Ohio, where he grew up and his priest brother has just committed suicide. Read full book review >

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THE DUTCH by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 16, 2001

"Milan is always good company, but this time his detection is merely workmanlike, and the rickety plot weakened by too many echoes of classics from A Dance at the Slaughterhouse to I, the Jury."
Apart from being fat and homely, Ellen Carnine had everything to live for: a sunny disposition, a well-paying job, the esteem of the bosses at her Web-design firm. Read full book review >

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A CARROT FOR THE DONKEY by Les Roberts
Released: April 17, 1989

L.A. actor/sleuth Saxon's third venture (Not Enough Horses; An Infinite Number of Monkeys) finds him toughing it out south of the border—in search of movie-mogul Mark Evering's drugged-out daughter Merissa, who took off for there with a sleaze lawyer, 40-ish Martin Swanner, whose money comes from junk and defrauding illegal aliens. Read full book review >

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SEEING THE ELEPHANT by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 18, 1992

"A semi-hardboiled trip down memory lane, then, guided by a capable old pro."
L.A. actor/sleuth Saxon (Snake Oil, etc.) flies to Chicago, his hometown, to attend the funeral of Gavin Cassidy, a cop who moonlighted as an actor and was Saxon's mentor at the North State Street Theatre Guild. Read full book review >

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THE CLEVELAND CONNECTION by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 23, 1993

"Editorial pruning would have helped, particularly with the repetitiveness, but, still, a good—and timely—Yugoslav cultural primer."
Milan Jacovich, the Cleveland p.i. of Slovene heritage (Deep Shaker, etc.), in trying to locate a missing grandfather of Serbian extraction, must sort through age-old Balkan animosities—as well as modern-era wise-guy rules of conduct. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COLLISION BEND by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 13, 1996

"Otherwise, all is low-key perfection."
Slavs, as Milan Jacovich observes, aren't prone to forgive and forget. Read full book review >

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INDIAN SIGN by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"As always, tough, smart, honorable Milan is Cleveland's best company."
On a punishing midwinter day in Cleveland he sits on a bench, snow collecting on his shoulders, staring up at the building in which Milan Jacovich (The Best Kept Secret, 1999, etc.) happens to have his p.i. office—this ancient, stone-faced Native American. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DUKE OF CLEVELAND by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 1995

"A welcome recovery from the untidy The Lake Effect (1994)a neatly turned mystery with Milan's wit providing a piquant counterpoint to the grim proceedings."
Beautiful, featherheaded April Delavan's boyfriend Jeff Feldman, a slimy potter/con artist old enough to be her father, has gone missing, and April wants him backor at least the $18,000 he glommed from her before he left. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEEP SHAKER by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 19, 1991

"And if he seems a shade too written-to-formula, his food is still as mouthwatering as anything Lawrence Sanders has come up with."
Slovenian sleuth Milan Jacovich (Full Cleveland, Pepper Pike), in an attempt to wrest an old pal's son from drugs, again must call on a Cleveland don for help and, at the same time, avoid the ``Jamaican Connection,'' a bloodthirsty island gang that uses school kids as dope-runners. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAKE EFFECT by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 15, 1994

"A pleasant couple of hours—well, more hours than usual for Milan—but don't be fooled: This ragbag of subplots is untidy rather than complex."
A double departure for industrial-security specialist Milan Jacovich (The Cleveland Connection, 1993, etc.): To repay a favor from slimy, well-dressed Victor Gaimari, he signs on as security chief for novice Barbara Corn's underdog mayoral campaign way out in the pristine suburb of Lake Erie Shores. Read full book review >

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THE CLEVELAND LOCAL by Les Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 14, 1997

"He doesn't realize that some fates are even more harsh—including the sad truths he'll have to face about his inescapable hometown before the case is wrapped up."
The Cleveland Local ($22.95; Nov. 14; 288 pp.; 0-312-16801-2): At least looking into the tropic-island murder of Joel Kerner, Esq., will buy him some relief from the Cleveland winter, thinks shamus Milan Jacovich (Collision Bend, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >