The Cleveland Local by Les Roberts. Finished 4-20-14, rating 4.25/5, mystery, pub. 1997
Milan Jacovich series #8
I love this old school mystery series set in Cleveland and this was one of my favorites. Milan is a 43-year-old divorced dad who often finds trouble when his private investigator gig lands him in hot water. This time that hot water will take him to the resort at San Carlos in the Caribbean. The murder trail is cold and the Cleveland man was far from home so Milan rattles a few cages and almost gets himself killed.
I liked the relationship aspect of this one. Milan is developing a great relationship with his oldest son and his long-time friendship with Marko, of the police department, is full of affection. The two bachelors even consider trying to find a special someone again.
Any fan of hard broiled, private investigator mysteries will like this great, well-written series. For me, Cleveland was the draw, but it’s the characters that keep me reading.
Les Roberts is a Cleveland transplant (like me) but is now a favorite son (me, not so much). I’ve met and heard him speak three times, plus one time on a panel at Bouchercon, and he has one of the best voices I’ve heard. Not only does he represent Cleveland in a very real way he also is active for local charities, using character names to raise money at silent auctions. One day, maybe you’ll see my name in print! I’ll keep you posted 🙂 Here’s the last time I met Les (comes with a bonus pic of baby Gage).
As far as I can tell, I have seen Keanu in 27 movies. I don’t know if he would make any best actor list, but since I love to watch him onscreen he makes me favorite list every time. He’s come a long way since Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures (loved it).
I really hate boxing. I don’t understand just standing there beating each other up for money. That probably just makes me a wimp 🙂 So, imagine my surprise that I love the Rocky series (well, they could have skipped 5). Any other fans out there?
I read this one right after college and remember loving it and how it defined the Civil War in all of its ugliness.