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The Lake Effect (Milan Jacovich #5)

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#5 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

Every Clevelander understands the lake effect, a weather condition that brings plenty of snow, especially in November when election time rolls around.

Milan Jacovich (it's pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovich), the genial Cleveland private eye, has never been a political animal. But he owes a favor to mobster Victor Gaimari, and Milan al
Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Gray & Company Publishers (first published November 15th 1994)
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Mar 17, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it
Private investigator, Milan Jacovich owes the mob family in Cleveland a favor and they are ready to collect. They assign Milan to protect and help a candidate for mayor in an upscale Cleveland suburb. Barbara Corns is a terrible candidate and with a week before the election Milan knows there isn’t much he can do but stay close and put in his time. The other candidate and current mayor of the city is slick and he has plans for a casino on Lake Erie that would benefit the city. Things are pretty t ...more
Sep 21, 2016 Ian rated it really liked it
In my opinion, the fifth book in the Milan Jacovich series was the best one to that point. Roberts delivers the quality detective novel that readers have come to expect, but by now he does so with a main character that he has taken great pains to really come to life in earlier books and with a cast of recurring supporting characters who have really begun to come to life in their own right.

The story itself has a little bit of everything: local politics, election-season gamesmanship, the "morality
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Mar 19, 2012 R.L. Anderson rated it liked it
I enjoyed this story, especially since it takes place generally right around my hometown in northeast Ohio. Very familiar scenery in this one! I was also pleased with my own mystery solving skills, as I was able to pick out the murderer right away. It helped spark my interest in mysteries and inspired me to try my hand as a mystery writer myself. I would recommend it very highly; however my one criticism of Les Roberts is that he tends to spice his writing with liberal doses of adult language an ...more
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Apr 24, 2016 Casey Hickman rated it it was ok
Good thing I didn't start the series with this book. Was plan boring. Hopefully the series doesn't continue like this one.
Joseph Britton
Very enjoyable read with lots of familiar Cleveland landmarks to keep it interesting. Nice surprise ending.
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May 20, 2015 Chowhound88 (a.k.a. Ralph) rated it really liked it
A great, well-written story. I wish the library had all of his books.
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I will not be reading any other books in the series.
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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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