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Full Cleveland (Milan Jacovich #2)

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#2 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

Polyester leisure suit, white patent leather shoes, matching white belt--that 1970s fashion statement was once unkindly dubbed the "full Cleveland." And no one wears it with more flair and panache than Buddy Bustamente. Buddy ("he was medium-sized if you happened to be talking about Cape buffaloes") is the hulking flunky assigne
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Published June 1st 2005 by Gray & Company Publishers (first published June 1st 1989)
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Holly
Dec 19, 2014 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is the 4th Les Roberts book I've read, but it's only the 2nd book in his Milan Jacovich series. I liked it a lot, and found it more humorous than the others I've read. Another plus for me -- Milan didn't get beat up as much.

Jacovich is hired to investigate a locally published magazine which has ceased pub. Actually, he was hired to find Greg Shane and get back the money taken for advertising from a new hotel on the riverfront. Turns out the mob owns the hotel, so they want Greg and the mone
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Stacy
Mar 17, 2013 Stacy rated it liked it
Private detective and ex-cop Milan Jacovich is back in his second Cleveland mystery. A few of his friends are back to help him in his latest case and his girlfriend, Mary, is there to add comfort. Milan is hired to track down a man who has swindled local businesses and with this new job comes a sidekick appointed by the mob. Sidekick Buddy provides extra muscle and some comic relief while the two of them track down suspects. Milan is shot at and kills and drinks way too much.

This mystery series
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John Bastin
Aug 03, 2013 John Bastin rated it really liked it
Milan Jacovich takes on the job of finding the whereabouts of a small-time con man who has swindled a number of people and businesses out of small sums of money. Except the sums aren't all small, and the cons aren't all just simple cons, instead blackmail is involved and we learn that the small-time con man has some bad associates.

Again Milan is unwillingly associated with his nemesis, mobster Giancarlo D'Alessandro, this time being forced to allow one of the mob to accompany him in his investig
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Ian
Feb 22, 2013 Ian rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-legal
Full Cleveland had all of the local charm as the first book in the series, Pepper Pike. As with the previous novel, this book is nicely paced - quick, but not frantic. The plot, itself, might be a quarter-step backwards from its predecessor but it's still a good read...if nothing else, Buddy Bustamente made me chuckle in almost every scene he was in, and the scene in Cleveland's Old Arcade will resonate in any Clevelander's heart.

For me, the first two books in the Milan series are good, hard-boi
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Dawn Livingston
Jul 21, 2015 Dawn Livingston rated it it was ok
This is the 2nd book in the series that I've read but it may be the last. The books are just not clicking with me. I started reading them because I'm from the Cleveland area and I liked reading about places I know but... the story/plots are fine but... I guess I just don't connect to the main character; a big guy, former cop, divorced within a few years and trying to sort out old feelings in new situations. I guess I find him dull. Maybe with better writing he wouldn't be dull?
Casey Hickman
Oct 29, 2015 Casey Hickman rated it really liked it
Good mystery in the series. Had a bit of a surprise at the end. Look forward to the next one.
Maddy
Nov 21, 2015 Maddy rated it liked it
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RATING: 3.25
Rhonda Keith
Aug 11, 2012 Rhonda Keith rated it it was amazing
Being from NE Ohio myself, I feel at home in all of Les Roberts' crime novels set in Cleveland, featuring P.I. Milan Jacovich. I met Mr. Roberts years ago at at writers' conference in Omaha. I told him I thought "Full Cleveland" sounded like a wrestling hold, but I learned that it was the white belt/white shoes combo that accompanied the polyester double knit leisure suit popular in the '70s. Mr. Roberts lives in Cleveland and is offended when people confuse it with Chicago, another city on a la ...more
Tom
Nov 29, 2011 Tom rated it liked it
Shelves: ohioana
A solid book and a quick read. A higher body count than what I was expecting as well.

It's fun to notice that as I read more mysteries, I am better able to predict what the outcomes may be, or at the least, the pertinent details which will have bearing on the stories.
Mira
Mar 21, 2013 Mira rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013-reads
Second book in the series and as enjoyable as the first. Of course it is set in my hometown so I probably liked it more for the settings, situations etc I was familiar with than the story itself. But I'll keep reading the series.
Lucy Woods
Aug 02, 2013 Lucy Woods rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I really enjoyed this book, and a new author to me.

It reads well, the story line keeps you interested.

Especially interesting as i was born and raised in Cleveland.
Janet
Dec 05, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it
Good book ... I like this character and the stories he writes. Like that it all takes place in Cleveland and the surrounding areas.
Carolyn (in SC) C234D
Read this long ago, don't remember details, but noted that it was very good. Like the Milan Jacovich character.
Chi Dubinski
Sep 24, 2012 Chi Dubinski rated it really liked it
I like this series a lot--the Cleveland setting and blue collar background of the PI give it a unique flavor.
Georgia Lengyel
Nov 01, 2015 Georgia Lengyel rated it liked it
Shelves: library
Very fast moving mystery. Really good to the end. Can't imagine why it ended the way it did.
Lori
Oct 20, 2013 Lori rated it liked it
quick read, interesting reading about all the Cleveland land marks, story was ok
Jill Brockman
May 27, 2013 Jill Brockman rated it it was amazing
I love this series. Maybe because I'm from Cleveland. I enjoy Milan and his oddness.
Susan Rothenberg
Oct 14, 2010 Susan Rothenberg rated it it was amazing
Great old fashioned mystery! Full of clues and humor.
Elizabeth
Aug 27, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
Shelves: mysteries, ohio
I am enjoying the location and the voice of Milan Jacovich.
Paul
Dec 31, 2008 Paul rated it really liked it
Fun read!
Julie
Jun 23, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it
Good.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Milan Jacovich (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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