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Les Roberts is a renowned mystery book writer who widely known for the Saxon series and the Milan Jacovich book series. He was born on July 18, 1937, as Lester Robert to Eleanor Robert and Lester Nathaniel in Chicago Illinois. In the year 1868, he changed his name to Roberts. After completing his high school education, Roberts attended University of Illinois and Roosevelt University between the year 1954 and 1956. In the year, 1960 Roberts served as an army man in the United States army for two years. Les Roberts married Gail Medland in the year 1957; however, they only stayed married years, before they got a divorce. Les Roberts has two children Darren Jon and Valerie Lynne.

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Order of Saxon Series

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1 An Infinite Number of Monkeys 1987 Description / Buy
2 Not Enough Horses 1988 Description / Buy
3 A Carrot for the Donkey 1989 Description / Buy
4 Snake Oil 1990 Description / Buy
5 Seeing the Elephant 1992 Description / Buy
6 The Lemon Chicken Jones 1994 Description / Buy

Order of Milan Jacovich Series

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1 Pepper Pike 1988 Description / Buy
2 Full Cleveland 1989 Description / Buy
3 Deep Shaker 1991 Description / Buy
4 The Cleveland Connection 1993 Description / Buy
5 The Lake Effect 1994 Description / Buy
6 The Duke Of Cleveland 1995 Description / Buy
7 Collision Bend 1996 Description / Buy
8 The Cleveland Local 1997 Description / Buy
9 A Shoot in Cleveland 1998 Description / Buy
10 The Best-Kept Secret 1999 Description / Buy
11 The Indian Sign 2000 Description / Buy
12 The Dutch 2001 Description / Buy
13 The Irish Sports Pages 2002 Description / Buy
14 King of the Holly Hop 2008 Description / Buy
15 The Cleveland Creep 2011 Description / Buy
16 Whiskey Island 2012 Description / Buy
17 Win, Place, or Die 2013 Description / Buy
18 The Ashtabula Hat Trick 2015 Description / Buy
19 Speaking of Murder 2018 Description / Buy

Order of Dominick Candiotti Series

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1 The Strange Death of Father Candy 2011 Description / Buy
2 Wet Work 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Les Roberts Standalone Novels

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1 The Chinese Fire Drill 2001 Description / Buy
2 A Carol for Cleveland (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
3 Sheehan's Dog 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Les Roberts Short Story Collections

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1 The Scent of Spiced Orange and Other Stories 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Les Roberts Non-Fiction Books

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1 We'll Always Have Cleveland 2006 Description / Buy

Les Roberts Anthologies

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1 Feline and Famous 1994 Description / Buy
2 Once Upon a Crime 1998 Description / Buy
3 Murder on Route 66 1998 Description / Buy
4 The Shamus Game 2000 Description / Buy
5 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000 Description / Buy
6 Most Wanted 2002 Description / Buy
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Les Roberts began his writing career as a mystery writer, after working in Hollywood for more than twenty-four years, having produced or written more than two thousand five hundred, half hour segments of syndicated and network television. Roberts was the first head writer and producer of The Hollywood Squares and has written for various shows such as the Andy Griffith Show, The Lucy Show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, and the Jackie Gleason Show. Les Roberts is mainly viewed as a regional writer. In the Milan Jacovich book series, Jacovich unlike a majority of the single and dashing private eyes is a Stroh’s drinking, battered and polka dancing Slovenian American and Vietnam veteran, former Kent football star and ex-cop. Jacovich has a strong willed ex-wife of Serbian origins and two children that he usually meets every Sunday.

Les Roberts Awards

Having worked both as a producer and writer, Les Roberts has been awarded and nominated for several awards including the Andy Sherwood Literary Award. In the year 1986, Les Roberts received the Best First Eye Contest Award. Later on in the year, 1988, he was awarded the Best First Novel, in the Anthony Award. Other awards include the Cleveland Literature Prize Awards and the Shamus Award.

Les Roberts Books into Movies

Despite the fact that any of Les Roberts’s books are to be adapted into films, Les Roberts has still been actively involved in the production of various Television series such as Foxbat, The Lucy Show, Turnaround, The Andy Griffith Show, The Man from U.N.C.LE and when Things were Rotten.

Best Les Roberts Books

As a critically acclaimed author, Les Roberts is known for the Milan Jacovich mystery series. One of the best performing books in the Milan Jacovich series is Pepper Mike. According to a majority of reviewers, Les Roberts did hit a bull’s eye with this installment. Unlike a majority of the debut novels, which are usually, slow starters where the author introduces the leading characters together with the world that they live in, Pepper Mike storyline on the other hand hits the ground from the very start and the readers are swept along in the wake of it. This storyline is full of twists and turns which will make you want to read more. As the main character, Milan Jacovich has all the aspects to be a great character. He is not only lonely but also cynical, wisecracking and capable of violence. He also did spend most of his time in bars and lived by his own incorruptible moral code. This is a genuinely fun to read story that takes place in Cleveland, Ohio. Deep Shaker is also another book that performed extremely well. Just like Pepper Mike, this installment is an intriguing book that is extremely hard to put down.

Another great book in this series is the Duke of Cleveland. Like all the other books in this series, this book has one of the most interesting plot and it is also great because once again we get to meet with the main character. Milan Jacovich is not a private investigator who has women falling all over him. Furthermore, Milan does not drive a fancy car. Instead of working in an office, Milan uses his apartment an office and as a committed husband, he is more than committed to make sacrifices. He loves his sons dearly and he hates deeply being a non-custodial parent. Jacovich accepts that he is exceedingly judgmental about certain things such as drug use. Like a majority of the Private Investigators, he also has numerous flaws such as taking advantage of his longtime friend who works in the Police Department.

With that being said, Robert is an exceedingly writer, who uses clever metaphors and allusions that stand out. He manages to make Cleveland extremely interesting together with the city’s working class history. The writing is top-notch while the characters are well-developed.

When Does The Next Les Roberts book come out?

Les Roberts doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Sheehan's Dog and was released on February, 28th 2022.


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  1. Much like Drew Carey, Les Roberts clearly thinks that Cleveland Rocks! After reading some of the books in the Milan Jacovich series I am finding myself agreeing. Roberts paints Cleveland in a way that many other great authors have painted their own hometowns. He paints Jacovich with a real working guy attitude and fills the books with neighborhood color and crazy characters.

    As the series has worn on the books have varied in quality, but the characters and the local flavor always keep me coming back.

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