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General Information

Name:  Les Roberts  

Pen Name: None

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Audience: Adult;

Born: 1937 in Chicago, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.lesroberts.com
-- Les Roberts on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=les+roberts


Illinois Connection

Les was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Though he was already writing at just six years old, he began his career as an actor in Chicago and doing summer stock in Taos, New Mexico. He then moved on to New York, where his writing began to overtake his acting career. He wrote for such classics as Candid Camera and The Jackie Gleason Show.


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Titles At Your Library

The Lake Effect (A Milan Jacovich Mystery)
ISBN: 0312115377

Minotaur Books. 1994

Paying back a favor to the mob, private eye Milan Jacovich reluctantly accepts a job guarding a mayoral candidate, and when he learns of some unethical practices behind the campaign, he becomes a killer's target.

Collision Bend: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (Milan Jacovich Mysteries) (Volume 7)
ISBN: 159851007X

Gray & Company, Publishers. 2005

#7 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

Private investigator Milan Jacovich (it’s pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovich) goes behind the scenes to uncover scandal, ambition, and intrigue at one of Cleveland’s top TV stations as he hunts down the stalker and murderer of a beautiful local television anchor.

Milan has just moved his offices to an old building on the banks of the Cuyahoga River in an area called the Flats. There, he receives a surprise visit from a former love interest, Mary Soderberg, who left him for her influential boss, TV executive Steve Cirini. One of their newscasters, the beautiful Virginia Carville, has been murdered, and Cirini, who was having an affair with her, is the chief suspect. Mary wants Milan to bail her cheating boyfriend out of the jam―for old times’ sake.

Milan doesn’t like Cirini at all, but takes the case even though he’s unsure of the man’s innocence. Or is the culprit the obsessive station-manager Nicky Scandalios, the longtime anchorwoman Vivian Truscott, or a survivor of child abuse named Violet Grba? For that matter, could it be Milan’s old flame Mary Soderberg herself?

The Cleveland Local: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (Milan Jacovich Mysteries) (Volume 8)
ISBN: 1598510088

Gray & Company, Publishers. 2005

#8 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

Hotshot young Cleveland lawyer Joel Kerner is shotgunned to death on a lonely beach on the Caribbean island of San Carlos. The local police are inept, and the Cleveland cops can’t operate outside their jurisdiction, so Kerner’s sister Patrice comes to private eye Milan Jacovich (it’s pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovich) to discover the truth about her brother’s murder.

Milan flies to San Carlos to investigate―a pleasant three-day working vacation that doesn’t keep him from getting stabbed in an alley and rousted by a high-level international cop.

Back in Cleveland, he asks his best friend, homicide lieutenant Marko Meglich, for some unofficial help. But he runs up against Kerner’s angry father, a world-famous labor attorney, along with the bevy of beautiful women Joel Kerner left behind and a powerful union leader known around town as “The Irish.”

Milan marches forward to solve the case, though it will eventually cause him a tragic and insupportable personal loss.

A Shoot in Cleveland: A Milan Jacovich Mystery
ISBN: 0312186630

Thomas Dunne Books. 1998

The producer of a film hires P.I. Jacovich to make sure his wild star does not get into any trouble, but when Darren seduces an underage young woman, Milan quits, only to see his ex-charge as a murder victim on the TV the next morning. Tour.

The Best-Kept Secret: A Milan Jacovich Mystery
ISBN: 159851010X

Gray & Company, Publishers. 2006

Everyone has secrets. But college freshman Jason Crowell is especially guarded when an anonymous feminist organization on campus publicly accuses him of date rape. Jason proclaims his innocence but has no idea who the “Women Warriors” are―or even who his supposed victim is.

Jason’s former high school principal, Reginald Parker, believes in the kid and asks private investigator Milan Jacovich (MY-lan YOCK-ovitch) to uncover the identities of the secret accusers. Milan would rather steer clear of this unpleasant case, but Reggie Parker once saved his life (see Deep Shaker), so Milan agrees to investigate. What he finds surprises him―and eventually leads to murder.

Milan tangles with Jason’s rigid and unfeeling parents, a mean-spirited campus police chief, and an extremely dangerous gang of youths that wants him dead. He quickly finds himself in more trouble than he ever imagined.

The Indian Sign: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (Milan Jacovich Mysteries) (Volume 11)
ISBN: 1598510118

Gray & Company, Publishers. 2006

#11 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

Veteran private eye Milan Jacovich (it’s pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovitch) is rarely surprised. But his attention is grabbed one day by a Native American man wearing traditional clothing and waist-length, iron gray braids, sitting across the street from his suburban Cleveland apartment for twelve hours in a driving snowstorm.

When the old man is found murdered and floating in the river the very next day, Milan feels the unsettling urge to do something about it.

He’s already working on another case―a simple one, he thinks. The CEO of a local toy company has hired him for a background check on his new accountant, David Ream. Milan quickly learns Ream is not at all what he seems to be, and the case gets very messy, very fast.

Dancing dangerously between the two cases, Milan runs into more murder and a suspense-filled finish including a shoot-out in the fountain plaza at downtown Tower City.

The Dutch: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (Milan Jacovich Mysteries) (Volume 12)
ISBN: 1598510126

Gray & Company, Publishers. 2006

#12 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

In street parlance, “the dutch” is another expression for suicide. That’s what everyone assumes happened to Ellen Carnine when her broken body is found 150 feet below the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge in downtown Cleveland. A terse, sad suicide note has been left on the screen of her home computer.

But her grieving father asks private eye Milan Jacovich (it’s pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovitch) to figure out why a bright and successful, dot-com executive like Ellen took her own life. Milan is introduced to a different reality by Ellen’s four best female friends, an old lover, her employers, and some of the lowlifes from Cleveland’s meanest streets.

The search for the truth leads Milan into the unfamiliar territory of Internet chat rooms, where he learns a great deal about the faceless people who live part of their lives behind a screen, becoming best friends―or bitter enemies―without actually meeting.

Milan pushes too far―and uncovers the most brutal and heinous crime he’s ever faced.

The Chinese Fire Drill (Five Star First Edition Mystery Series)
ISBN: 0786237600

Five Star. 2001

Book by Roberts, Les

The Dutch: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (Milan Jacovich Mysteries) (Volume 12)
ISBN: 1598510126

Gray & Company, Publishers. 2006

#12 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

In street parlance, “the dutch” is another expression for suicide. That’s what everyone assumes happened to Ellen Carnine when her broken body is found 150 feet below the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge in downtown Cleveland. A terse, sad suicide note has been left on the screen of her home computer.

But her grieving father asks private eye Milan Jacovich (it’s pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovitch) to figure out why a bright and successful, dot-com executive like Ellen took her own life. Milan is introduced to a different reality by Ellen’s four best female friends, an old lover, her employers, and some of the lowlifes from Cleveland’s meanest streets.

The search for the truth leads Milan into the unfamiliar territory of Internet chat rooms, where he learns a great deal about the faceless people who live part of their lives behind a screen, becoming best friends―or bitter enemies―without actually meeting.

Milan pushes too far―and uncovers the most brutal and heinous crime he’s ever faced.

The Irish Sports Pages: A Milan Jacovich Mystery (Milan Jacovich Mysteries) (Volume 13)
ISBN: 1598510134

Gray & Company, Publishers. 2006

#13 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

A slick con man, posing as a recent immigrant from County Mayo all alone in America, is preying on the clannish loyalties of the Irish community in Cleveland for gifts, money, and other less tangible treats. When Common Pleas Judge Maureen Hartigan realizes she’s been bamboozled, she and her daughter, Cathleen, hire private eye Milan Jacovich (it’s pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovitch) to chase down the swindler. But the con man turns up dead in a skanky motel room, and Milan finds himself tangled in the world of the local Irish godfather, Con McCardle, who is connected with the IRA.

Milan also finds himself once again face-to-face with Cathleen Hartigan, an old flame that never quite kindled. Their own feelings clash with the more urgent need to solve a murder. And he learns a few things about Irish customs and cultures―including “the Irish sports pages.”


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