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Les Roberts

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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, the Jackie Gleason Show, and the Man from U.N.C.L.E., among others. He has been a professional actor, a singer, a jazz musician, and a teacher. In 2003 he received the Sherwood Anderson Literary Award. A native of Chicago, he now lives in Northeast Ohio and is a film and literary critic."

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Les Roberts Hi, Ju - congrats on writing a book set in Cleveland. I don't know whether your leading female character is a police officer, private investigator, or…moreHi, Ju - congrats on writing a book set in Cleveland. I don't know whether your leading female character is a police officer, private investigator, or something else----therefore there are different places and people to ask. If your father and uncle were cops, you must know someone of the police force to give you information. I'm friends with several Cleveland-area cops, both active or retired, and when I need information, it's only a phone call away. If you know no one, you should probably attend one of the many law enforcement meetings around town, introduce yourself. You can even come with me to the monthly meetings of the Greater Police Emerald Society. You'd be amazed how many badge-wearers are delighted to supply you with information. As far as the Cleveland atmosphere, which is entirely different from anyplace else I've ever been---just get out there. Meet people, drop in and have a drink at a relatively safe-looking tavern,and call ANYONE you care to for answers to your questions. I have cops, lawyers, coroners, doctors, artists, media people, real private eyes and, yes, even the---uh---"guys on Murray Hill" I can call whenever I need to. Always remember, though, that in fiction, ANYTHING is true if you, the author, says it is. If you look up in a book the accurate description of what a fiction writer does, it says, "Makes Stuff Up."

As for how I started writing about Greater Cleveland---back in 1987 I was living in Los Angeles, having worked for years as a film/TV writer and having written my first novel (NOT a Milan Jacovich), and was invited to spend several months in Cleveland creating and getting on its feet a TV game show for the Ohio Lottery. (That game was and IS "Cash Explosion," and it's still on the air after 29 years! No, I don't get paid royalties anymore.) Within two weeks of my being here, I'd completely fallen in love with Greater Cleveland, and when I returned to L.A. i began writing my first Milan novel, "Pepper Pike." (Currently eighteen published Milan novels now, and 30 books altogether.) I kept coming back to do research, to promote my novels, and after three years of that, I chose to move here. Last month I celebrated my 25th anniversary as a Greater Clevelander.

Contact me anytime, via Goodreads, Facebook, email, or even by telephone. (Just don't call before 3 in the afternoon, as mornings and early afternoons are writing time for me.) Most info is on my website, www.lesroberts.

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Les Roberts Since I love novels, especially mystery and thriller novels, set in the Old West, I suppose I'd find myself in a place like Dodge City or…moreSince I love novels, especially mystery and thriller novels, set in the Old West, I suppose I'd find myself in a place like Dodge City or Tombstone---but I'd not be a gunslinger on either side of the law. I'd probably be a politician trying to juggle the needs of oil and cattle barons and the poor working class.
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The new Milan Jacovich novel, “Speaking of Murder” (#19), on sale now.

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Book Excerpt: Whiskey Island (Mystery & Thrillers)
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Description: Book excerpt from Whiskey Island (Milan Jacovich #16) by Les Roberts
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Description: "The Cleveland Creep" is #15 in my series featuring fictional Slovenian American private investigator Milan Jacovich (pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovich), a former Kent State University football player and ex-cop with a taste for klobasa sandwiches and Stroh's beer and a knack for finding trouble on the streets of Cleveland. In the new novel, a simple missing-person case gets complicated when a collection of voyeuristic videos leads Milan to an organized crime connection--and a dead body.

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" Several years ago, TRIPTYCH was my introduction to the writing of Karin Slaughter. It has not changed since. This is a stunning book, very disturbing ...more "
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" Thanks, Cyndi---and "funny you should ask." I'm about 32,000 words into the third Dominick Candiotti novel---and I'm writing as fast as I can! ;-) "
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" This is not only a CLASSIC novel---one that is not nearly given enough attention---but also a brilliant film version by William Wellman, starring Robe ...more "
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"Another masterful read. Private investigator Milan Jacovich conflicts his morals against a paycheck and prevails as we have come to expect him to. Fighting against greed forsaking safety and the future of a newborn boy, Milan calls in the reserves..." Read more of this review »
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