The Cleveland Connection, by Les Roberts

The Cleveland Connection (Milan Jacovich Series #4) by Les Roberts: Book CoverFinished 12-30-09, rating 4/5, mystery, pub. 1993

Book 4 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series

I don’t kid myself that I’m changing the world during my brief tenure here, but I’d like to believe I’m at least making a little dent.  I think we all nurture a secret terror that our living and dying will go unremarked, unmourned, that unlike Jimmy Stewart in that perennial Christmas movie, our life won’t make a damn bit of difference to anyone.

Chapter 2

Milan is a 40 year-old divorced police officer turned private detective who has spent his whole life in Cleveland, Ohio.  When an old classmate hires him to find her missing grandfather and his good friend, Ed, starts receiving death threats, Milan is forced to bully, and bribe, and hope that he will still be in one piece when the day is done.  There’s never a neighborhood bar he can’t find trouble in and rarely a woman not interested in this ex-football player. 

There are many mysteries to be solved, but the main focus is on war criminals of World War II and the losses of the Serbians at the hand of the Nazis.  It’s an interesting history lesson of the war and of Cleveland.  Roberts really does capture the vibe of this city I live in the shadow of.

This book is much more introspective than the first three.  Milan is single and lonely and it has made him melancholy.  Milan is a great character who is always trying to do the right thing, but the right thing is not always black or white.  I never know for sure what side Milan will come down on in complicated issues and that makes him a very interesting character. 

I love this series and think it only gets better with each book.  Roberts manages to keep many storylines going at once without ever confusing the reader and I appreciate that I can never see how it’s all going to come together until the end. 

This book was from my personal library.

2009 Wrap-Up, part 1

It’s been a fun blogging year and I’ll focus on a few of the numbers. 

53 – Number of books I gave away

2 – Memes I participated in (Teaser Tuesday & Monday Movies)

9 – Series I continued (Sophie Metropolis by Carrington, Boston PD-FBI by Neggers, Stephanie Plum by Evanovich, Lincoln Rhyme by Deaver, Myron Bolitar by Coben, Lucan Davenport by Sandford, Women’s Murder Club by Patterson, Bailey Weggins mysteries by White, Milan Jacovich by Roberts)

7 – Series I started and plan to continue (Chesapeake Shores Trilogy by Woods, FBI Suspense Thrillers by Coulter, Elm Creek Quilts by Chiaverini, Della Cooks  by Wells, Texas Rangers by Neggers, Sarah Woolson by Tallman, Tradd Street by White)

67 – New authors read this year.  My favorite discovery must be Deborah Smith since I read 3 of her books this year.

35 – Blog awards received.  Thank you!

1 – Author signing (Daniel Levin)

6 – Trip posts (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, New York City, The Wilds of Ohio, Washington DC, Denver/Vail, Kelley’s Island)

100 – Favorite movies list posted.

Stop by tomorrow for my wrap up of favorite books and challenges.