The Cleveland Connection, by Les Roberts
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.
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.