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Publication Order of Saxon Books

An Infinite Number of Monkeys (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Not Enough Horses (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Carrot for the Donkey (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snake Oil (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seeing the Elephant (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lemon Chicken Jones (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Milan Jacovich Books

Pepper Pike (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Full Cleveland (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deep Shaker (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cleveland Connection (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lake Effect (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Duke Of Cleveland (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Collision Bend (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cleveland Local (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Shoot in Cleveland (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best-Kept Secret (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Indian Sign (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dutch (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Irish Sports Pages (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
King of the Holly Hop (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cleveland Creep (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Whiskey Island (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Win, Place, or Die (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Ashtabula Hat Trick (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Speaking of Murder (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Dominick Candiotti Books

The Strange Death of Father Candy (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wet Work (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Chinese Fire Drill (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Carol for Cleveland (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sheehan's Dog (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Scent of Spiced Orange and Other Stories (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

We'll Always Have Cleveland (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Feline and Famous(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once Upon a Crime(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder on Route 66(1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shamus Game(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2(2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Most Wanted(2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Les Roberts is one of the most reputed authors of America who likes to write his novels based on the mystery, literature & fiction, and thriller genres. He is particularly famous for writing down the Milan Jacovich and the Saxon series of novels. Author Roberts was born as Lester Roubert in Chicago, Illinois, United States, on July 18, 1937. His parents were Eleanor Roubert and Lester Nathaniel. In the year 1968, Roberts decided to change his name to Roberts. Before starting his career as a writer, author Roberts completed his graduation from the Illinois University at the Champaign-Urbana. After that, he studied at the Roosevelt University between the years 1954 and 1956. Right after the completion of his academic studies, author Roberts joined the United States Army and served for a period of three years from 1960 to 1962. He got married to Gail Medland in the year 1957, but divorced her in the year 1980. Before their divorce, the couple had two children named Darren Jon and Valerie Lynne. Roberts has recently become a grandfather after the birth of his grandchild named Shea Thompson. As of today, author Roberts lives in his peaceful house located in Cleveland, Ohio. Recently, he got converted into a vegan after watching an inspirational show called ‘Peaceful Kingdom : The Journey Home’ in the year 2012. When author Roberts began his writing career, he was a contemporary American novelist of mystery novels.

Before that, he had worked for 24 years in Hollywood as a writer and producer of more than 2500 segments of 30 minutes shows for syndicated and network television. Roberts was also the head writer and producer of the television show called ‘The Hollywood Squares’. Apart from that, he has also written a few other popular shows as well as films. The readers and critics primarily see author Roberts as a regional writer. Even though the Saxon series written by him is set in Los Angeles, he is more popular for writing down the Milan Jacovich series, which is set in set in his new hometown of Cleveland in Ohio. Unlike many other dashing and single private eyes in the fiction books, author Roberts likes to describe himself as a polka dancing, battered, Slovenian American, Stroh’s drinking, Vietnam veteran, ex-football star of the Kent State, and an ex-cop, who has a strong willed, Serbian ex-wife and a couple of sons. He goes to see his sons on every Sunday. Author Roberts has been endeared by a number of Cleveland readers because of his hardworking attitude.

Other than being a popular writer, Roberts is a former president of the PEWA. He regularly gives book reviews as a critic for the literary magazine called ‘The Plain Dealer’. Author Roberts has enjoyed a few other professions other than writing, such as singing, acting, jazz music, business, and teaching. He considers Cleveland to be his spiritual home. Although he had started writing stories at the age of 6, he tried his hand first in acting in Chicago. Later, Roberts moved to New York, where his writing stint began to take over his acting interest. As of now, author Roberts hosts a radio show along with the Hollywood legend and longtime friend named Ann Elder. The show is called as Greenlight Reviews, through which he carries out the reviews of the latest films and suggests some favorites to the audience that they can rent and enjoy in their homes. Ann Elder and author Roberts tend to have a blast whenever they disagree with each other on certain films. Author Roberts has given interviews to all forms of media sources including newspapers, television, and national and local radio channels. In the year 2009, he was awarded with the honorary Doctorate of ‘Humane Letters’ by the Cleveland University.

The Milan Jacovich series written by author Les Roberts consists of a total of 18 books published between the years 1988 and 2015. All the books in this feature Milan Jacovich as a Vietnam veteran, former footballer, and an ex-cop. The debut book of this series is titled as ‘Pepper Pike’. It was released by the ‘Gray and Company’ publishers in the year 1998. At the start of this book, Milan is introduced as a private investigator, who is also a former footballer and a Vietnam veteran. He is very fond of the klobasa sandwiches and the Stroh’s beer. Every now and then, he ends up finding trouble in his life. On one occasion, Milan gets a late night call from an advertising executive named Richard Amber. He offers him thousands of dollars for a bodyguard service for 12 years. After accepting the offer Milan reaches the Amber house, but does not find anyone there. The next morning, Richard’s wife hires Milan to find her missing husband. As soon as he launches the search operation of Richard Amber, he comes across a haunting country club where he almost loses his life. Then, he meets the mob kingpin of Cleveland named Don Giancarlo Allessandro. While searching the meaner streets of Cleveland, Milan Jacovich crosses paths with the dangerous nephew of Don Giancarlo named Victor Gaimari as well as Ohio’s governor.

The second book of the series was published under the titled ‘Full Cleveland’. It was released in the year 1989 by the Gray and Company publishers. In the opening part of this book, it is shown that Milan gets hired to look for a low level scam artist, who was accused of selling ads to local businessmen in a non-existing magazine. What seems more shocking is that the amount of money very modest and yet it caused a string of dead bodies to turn up. Milan tries to establish a relation between the scam and the interest of mobsters like Buddy and Victor in it. During the investigation, Milan begins to like Buddy instead of himself. But, he knows very well that he cannot be fooled so easily. Milan also knows that Buddy is an ex-con and behind his dubious fashion and childlike facade, there is a potentially lethal human weapon. The plot of this book begins with the description of the 1970s fashion in which polyester suits, white leather shoes, and white belts were in use. It was popularly known as ‘full Cleveland’, but has now become outdated. But, Buddy Bustamente still uses the old fashion as he likes it very much. Later, Milan Jacovich comes to know that Buddy was hired by Victor Gaimari for bringing in obstacles in his path during his investigative operations related to the smuggling business of Victor.

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One Response to “Les Roberts”

  1. Bill Johnson: 1 year ago

    Just finished “The Duke of Cleveland.” I have covered about half of the Milan Jacovich series and have thoroughly enjoyed them. My work has me traveling to Cleveland often and I find myself trying to track down haunts that Milan frequented in and around Cleveland Heights. Would enjoy meeting Mr. Roberts if he has any public appearances scheduled in and around NE Ohio in the future. Thanks for many enjoyable hours.


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