Whiskey Island by Les Roberts
A Milan Jacovich Mystery (Milan Jacovich Mysteries)

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The barrage of punchy banter coming from almost every character seems increasingly forced as the old pro and the young blood hone in on the villain calling the shots.
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#16 in the Milan Jacovich mystery series . . .

An oversized appetite for fine dining, flashy suits, and Las Vegas call girls has made Cleveland councilman Bert Loftus the target of media scrutiny and an FBI investigation that may end his career. Now he says someone is trying to kill him. Eager to identify his attacker but not so eager to work with the cops, Loftus turns to private investigator Milan Jacovich (pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovitch) for help.

A working P.I. can't afford to be too choosy about his clients, so Milan takes the job—though he’s not inclined to take Loftus’s story seriously. At least it will be an opportunity to break in his new employee, young powder-keg Kevin "K.O." O'Bannion.

Milan and K.O. quickly notice that something smells fishy—and it isn’t just the Whiskey Island Marina, where local power brokers down pricey drinks in front of Lake Erie sunsets. Loftus and several Cleveland landlords appear to be involved in something much darker than a typical cash-for-favors trade.

After a kinky call girl is found dead near the Cleveland Zoo and secret sex tapes are discovered in her downtown high-rise, Milan and K.O. must follow a trail of bribes, bullet casings, and debauchery to find the killer and uncover the true menace amid the muck of local government corruption.

Luckily they have the help of Cleveland police detective Tobe Blaine, a tough-as-nails officer recently relocated from Cincinnati. She and Milan team up in their search for clues and discover they have much more in common than crime . . .

REVIEWS:

“The plot is up to the minute, all about favors and payoffs—politics as usual—and includes Roberts’ expected local color.” — Akron Beacon Journal

“A fast paced and riveting read of fiction . . . a much recommended addition to mystery and thriller collections.” — Midwest Book Review

“A classic good-guy versus bad-guy story with enough gray area to keep me turning the pages and reading on.” — EasternStandardCrime.com
 

About Les Roberts

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Les Roberts is the author of 16 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, a teacher, and a film critic. In 2003 he received the Sherwood Anderson Literary Award. A native of Chicago, he now lives in Northeast Ohio.
 
Published July 17, 2012 by Gray and Company, Publishers. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Oct 08 2012

The barrage of punchy banter coming from almost every character seems increasingly forced as the old pro and the young blood hone in on the villain calling the shots.

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Below average
on Feb 06 2013

Little of any substance or consequence happens in the first half of the book. It flows well but doesn't seem to go anywhere.

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