As a native Northeast Ohioan, I’m accustomed to living in an area which is the butt of jokes. Not even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum has changed things much (and it doesn’t help that we’re “gettin’ no respect” from New York when it comes to the induction ceremonies).
That’s what makes Les Roberts’ Milan Jacovich mysteries such a joy. I read them all as they came out, and own most of them. I was, therefore, disappointed that Mr. Roberts had seemingly decided not to write any more. Not only did I really like Milan, but I was pleased to see someone who originated out of town say nice things about Cleveland and the general area and to make us NOT sound like an inner-ring suburb of Hell.
I’m looking forward to meeting Mr. Roberts again (I’ve met him a couple of times at bookstores during signings) in early October when he comes to Euclid Public Library. If you’re in the area, call the library (216-261-5300) and sign up.
In the meantime, I’m re-reading The Cleveland Connection from the library. I also bought King of the Holly Hop. I liked it, but I do intend to let Mr. Roberts know I hope he isn’t planning a major sea change for Milan. I like him just the way he is.