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The Cleveland Creep (Milan Jacovich #15)

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#15 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .
A simple missing-person case gets complicated when Milan Jacovich (it's pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovich) discovers that 28-year-old Earl Dacey left behind a strange collection of voyeuristic videos in his mother's West Side Cleveland house. Was Earl just a pervert shadowing Catholic schoolgirls in Northeast Ohio shopping malls wit
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Gray & Company Publishers
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Mar 10, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it
Must confess, I read this a while back and don't recall the details of the mystery....but, I remember really liking the writing styleof Les Roberts. His main character, Milan Jacovich private investigatore, is crusty and interesting. But, I especially like the ethnic setting in Cleveland, OH. I am Slavic, raised in a rural ethnic community and knew some of the attitudes, prejudices, and food. It was a good read!
Nancy Claman
Sep 10, 2012 Nancy Claman rated it it was amazing
I am very happy that Les Roberts has brought back Milan Jacovich. I like the characters and the author's sense of humor. Since I am familiar with the Cleveland area, it is fun to recognize some of the places Roberts mentions in his stories.
Angela Boland
Oct 20, 2016 Angela Boland rated it really liked it
Synopsis: Milan Jakovich has returned, this time to track down a missing pervert for which we quickly develop no sympathy whatsoever. Along with his somewhat unbelievably competent companion KO and his latest love interest Cisne (I have got to hand it to Les Roberts for original character naming), he embarks on a series of escapades around the greater Cleveland area.

So…these books are not great. They are not exceptionally written, and the characters are typical of your average detective novel.
Sep 10, 2012 Beth rated it it was amazing

"It was near the end of a long, hot Saturday afternoon in July, the kind of heat that makes Clevelanders quietly wish in their hearts for winter. When the overhead clouds refuse to move and the high temperature is locked in along with the high humidity, everybody is wet, annoyed, tired, and dragged out by day's end."

THE CLEVELAND CREEP is my introduction to Les Roberts and Milan Jacovich but when I read the first paragraph, I understood exactly what author and character were feeling. Substitute
Sep 10, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
I had never read any of Les Roberts work before but I had the opportunity to request a preview copy of this novel and was drawn to the fact that his mysteries are set in Cleveland where I grew up.

This is the 15th book in the Milan Jachovich series so I was a little concerned that I would be confused jumping in at the end and that I’d be missing too much back story. It wasn’t an issue at all. While I may not have had information about past events mentioned, it didn’t detract from this story.

I love Milan Jacovich. I thought that after an illness and having written his memoirs, Les Roberts had stopped writing this series. After talking with Betty about the series, I thought I'd print off a list of the books in preparation of starting them over again. Found out he had written 2 more plus has another one almost ready to come out. This is the 15th in the series. It starts out as a missing person case but gets complicated when Milan finds that the missing person is a pervert taking ...more
April Helms
Sep 10, 2012 April Helms rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
Milan Jacovich is back, for the 15th mystery set in the Cleveland area, and is as compelling as ever. In this story, what starts out as a missing persons case gets sticky (of course). Milan is asked to find 28-year-old Earl Dacey by Dacey's mother. It doesn't take long for Milan to discover that Dacey was into some pretty unsavory things, including taking surreptitious videos up the skirts of schoolgirls at local malls. The private investigator gets entangled with some rather shady characters in ...more
Sep 10, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing
Milan Jacovich is hired by Savannah Dacey to find her 28 year old son Earl. What Milan discovers is that Earl likes to videotape up girls skirts. Fellow P.I. Suzanne Davis calls Milan and says she has someone she wants him to meet. She brings 24 year old Kevin O'Bannion, K.O. for short, army veteran with a past who wants to get his P.I. license and she wants Milan to hire him. Against his better judgment he does and so starts the wild ride that this book is. Catholic schoolgirls, pornography, ...more
Sep 10, 2012 james rated it really liked it
This book is #15 in a series featuring an aging private detective, Milan Jacovich. The title refers to a tendancy among Cleveland, Ohio, drivers to let their feet off the brakes at a red light, anticipating the turn to green. They then creep into the intersection.

The title also refers to the adult (in body, anyway) son of Milan's client. As we soon learn, he's a creep, too. The mother has hired Milan to locate her son who has vanished since the police have no apparent interest. It seems that th
Sep 10, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I have never read a Les Roberts book until I received this one through Early Reviewers. I was worried that I would not be able to follow along in the story since I did not know anything about the main character, Milan Jacovich. I was pleased that as I read through the book, the author gave descriptions about the character, his life, and his past. Although I did not know all the references to past experiences that Jacovich had, I could still understand the idea of what he had been through in the ...more
Sep 10, 2012 Debra rated it liked it
Milan Jacovich is a private investigator who lives where Cedar and Fairmount intersect in Cleveland Heights. Obviously I have to enjoy these books - I lived near there when in grad school. I have enjoyed them, for 15 different adventures.

Milan is getting old, but he is looking for a missing young man. From that premise he gets into evil that I didn't want to know existed.... In the process he introduced some intriguing new characters that just might have a future with him.

The denouement wrapped
Sep 21, 2016 Ian rated it really liked it
There's an awful lot to like about this Milan novel. We are introduced to an up-and-coming PI, Cleveland's organized crime makes another appearance, plenty of social commentary, and a plot that moves quickly and takes plenty of turns.

The backdrop of pornography and sexual deviancy might be a little off putting to some, but it's not overblown and is essential to the story (Milan's naivety is amusing at times). Coming off of King of the Holly Hop (one of my favorites in the series), The Cleveland
Sep 10, 2012 Jinny rated it liked it
Enjoyed the story itself but vexed by the fact that the main character, who's about 60, waxes eloquent about his old-time favorites (Rosemary Clooney?!!) like he's in his 70s. Many examples of that throughout the book. Could it be that the AUTHOR'S AGE is what's coming through in these nostalgic errors? Also, though I'm a Clevelander, I wonder if sometimes the local names and places get overdone.

One other thing . . . for a person who doesn't make much money, how does Milan eat out so much, let a
Lorelei Suehrstedt
Sep 10, 2012 Lorelei Suehrstedt rated it it was amazing
Once a Milan Jacovich fan, always a Milan Jacovich fan. I've read all the Milan books that Les has produced. This is #15. This is a habit instilled upon me by my father-in-law, who enjoyed them just as much. Milan books are easy reads set in Cleveland. As a resident of Cleveland, I enjoy being familiar with the places Milan takes me as he is solving a murder mystery. In this book, an aging Milan picks up an assistant. Hmm - is there a new series in the future???? I am looking forward to the next ...more
Sep 10, 2012 Herzog rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, mystery
I like this series quite a bit, though installments have been less frequent recently. The book is rather wistful as Milan deals with aging and the loss of friends and distance from his sons. The book uses child porn as its basis for the story, but it never gets very graphic - sticking to the more expected Cleveland related battles we've come to expect from this series. The usual characters make appearances along with another romantic interest. The series feels as if it's probably running out of ...more
Nancy Brady
Sep 10, 2012 Nancy Brady rated it really liked it
Another mystery in the Milan Jacovich series. Milan's older now and has taken too many blows over the years, so enter an intern, Kevin O'Bannion (also known as K.O.), who can kick some butt, and may even be the new legs and researcher for Milan. Whether this partnership will last is another story, but it is a great pairing with possibilities for more mysteries from Cleveland featuring Milan and K.O. even as old friends are disappearing from Milan's life.
Sherry Wheeler
Oct 03, 2013 Sherry Wheeler rated it it was ok
It was an okay book with a stretched story line. None of the characters were incredibly interesting. I mainly read it because the author is a Clevelander and uses real places in his books. Probably will not read the other books in this series because I really could not get into this book. I generally like mysteries. The main character is a private investigator but he wasn't well developed and generally was just an old man with an attitude.
Sep 10, 2012 Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: for-fun, 2011
I've kept on reading this series over the years, largely for the vicarious thrill of watching Milan solve crimes all over my hometown. Still, it's getting harder to get through these novels as Milan ages and, frankly, is probably getting clinically depressed. I liked the new sidekick/partner, K.O., but the plot in this book was weak, largely subsumed underneath far too much information about the world of Internet porn.
Diane Davis
Sep 10, 2012 Diane Davis rated it it was amazing
A great book... I love Les Roberts books because they are based in Cleveland and I love Cleveland.. So much of what he writes about is familiar to me. Plus they are exciting and keep you on the edge of your seat...
Mark Levine
Sep 10, 2012 Mark Levine rated it liked it
Plot & characters engaging.Protagonist too metrosexual to be believable as a PI.He offers the author a chance to be literary rather than realistic.Too much unnecessary local name dropping and back story intellectualising.
Sep 10, 2012 Katie rated it it was ok
Les Roberts is great if you're looking to hear fun things about Cleveland, but this one was a bit disturbing simply because of the nature of criminal activity Milan is investigating. I think I'll try one of his others soon.
Sep 10, 2012 Nathaniel rated it really liked it
This is my first Milan Jacovich mystery and I enjoyed it. Les Roberts spins a tale with smart assed characters that pair up for a memorable ride. The book has a cutting humor reminiscent of Sam Spade.
Sep 10, 2012 Jane rated it it was ok
I don't think this was one of Mr. Roberts best efforts. I always enjoy reading about Cleveland and Lake County. But Milan was just too whiney.
Sep 10, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it
much better than last book by Les Roberts. Heard an interview with him on WCPN. A new young character KO is revitalizing the series. Love all the Cleveland reference and locales.
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Les Roberts is the author of 15 mystery novels featuring Cleveland detective Milan Jacovich, as well as 9 other books of fiction. The past president of both the Private Eye Writers of America and the American Crime Writer's League, he came to mystery writing after a 24-year career in Hollywood. He was the first producer and head writer of the Hollywood Squares and wrote for the Andy Griffith Show, ...more
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