Milan Jacovich

Created by Les Roberts


You’re soaking in it.

It’s the stomping ground for tough, likable, Kolbasa-loving blue collar private eye MILAN JACOVICH (pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovich) an ordinary joe kinda guy, in this solid series. He’s an ex-football player, well-educated, and fiercely proud of his Slovenian heritage, his working class roots and—make no mistake—his hometown. In fact, Jacovich does for Cleveland what Spenser does for Boston—he goes, as one of the book’s titles puts it, “Full Cleveland.”

But it’s still Cleveland.

In fact, Roberts’ emphasis on Milan being just an average joe sometimes almost backfires–he ends up being almost too average.

Fortunately, Roberts himself is an above-average writer, and the series, in its solid, dependable way moved from strength to strength with each new novel. His efforts to deal with being a working class divorced father, as well as his efforts to get back into the dating scene, humanize him in a way few P.I. series dare. They’re well-written and carefully plotted, and always well-stocked with believable characters. And, as a specialist in industrial security, they’re also often quite challenging, presenting us with some tasty moral and ethical dilemmas. Highly recommended.


Les Roberts was born and bred in Chicago, but currently lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He moved there from Hollywood where, among other things, he produced The Hollywood Squares and wrote for The Andy Griffith Show and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He’s a past president of the Private Eye Writers of America, where his first book, about private eye/novelist/actor Saxon, was the very first winner of the St. Martin’s Press/PWA Best First P.I. Novel Contest. In 2003 he received the Sherwood Anderson Literary Award. A native of Chicago, he now lives in northeast Ohio.




Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.

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