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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Les Roberts  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1937 in Chicago, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Les was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Though he was already writing at just six years old, he began his career as an actor in Chicago and doing summer stock in Taos, New Mexico. He then moved on to New York, where his writing began to overtake his acting career. He wrote for such classics as Candid Camera and The Jackie Gleason Show.

Published Works

  • The Lake Effect, St. Martin`s Press, 1994
  • Collision Bend, St. Martin`s Press, 1996
  • Cleveland Local, St. Martin`s Press, 1997
  • A Shoot in Cleveland, St. Martin`s Press, 1998
  • The Best Kept Secrets, St. Martin`s Press, 1999
  • The Indian Sign, Thomas Dunne Books, 2000
  • The Dutch, St. Martin`s Press, 2001
  • The Chinese Fire Drill, Thorndyke, 2001
  • The Irish Sports Pages, St. Martin`s Press, 2002

Selected Titles At Your Library

The lake effect :
ISBN: 0312115377. OCLC Number:

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On becoming the security man for a mayoral candidate in a quiet Wasp town, Milan Jacovich of Cleveland sees the job as a paid holiday. Instead there are dirty tricks, corruption and murder. By the author of The Cleveland Connection.

Collision bend :
ISBN: 159851007X. OCLC Number:

Gray & Co.,. Cleveland, Ohio :. 2005.

Ex-cop Milan must investigate the murder of a television reporter and discovers that the prime suspect is his former lover's boyfriend.

The Cleveland local :
ISBN: 1598510088. OCLC Number:

Gray & Co.,. Cleveland :. [2005], ©1997.

A shoot in Cleveland :
ISBN: 0312186630. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 1998.

Cleveland P.I. Milan Jacovich is back on his own turf and recovering from the death of his best friend and partner. Hoping a new assignment will take his mind off his troubles, he accepts an "easy" job baby-sitting the up-and-coming star of a Hollywood film that is being shot in Cleveland. A wild box-office hunk, Darren Anderson has a reputation for scandalous behavior, and the producer of the movie is depending on Milan to see to it that he doesn't get into any trouble. When Darren seduces the underage daughter of the film's major investor right under Milan's nose, the actor faces possible police charges and the angry father pulls his investment. Milan - disgusted with the actor's reprehensible behavior - quits his job in a fury. The next day Darren is found murdered, and Milan unwillingly finds himself in the spotlight as he becomes both suspect and P.I. on the case in an attempt to clear his name and relieve his guilty conscience.

The best-kept secret :
ISBN: 159851010X. OCLC Number:

Gray & Co.,. Cleveland :. [2006]

The Indian sign :
ISBN: 1598510118. OCLC Number:

Gray & Co.,. Cleveland :. [2006], ©2000.

The Dutch :
ISBN: 1598510126. OCLC Number:

Gray & Co.,. Cleveland :. [2006], ©2001.

The Chinese fire drill /
ISBN: 0786237600. OCLC Number:

Five Star,. Waterville, Me. :. 2001.

"When expatriate novelist Anthony Holton, living in Bangkok, discovers that his best friend Jake McKay has gone missing in Hong Kong along with his pride and joy, he is on the next plane to help. Jake is that kind of friend. What he finds when he gets there is a collection of pretty scary people, including a fugitive diamond smuggler, the godfather of a feared Chinese triad, a young Chinese billionarie, and an American soldier of fortune who knows every way there is to kill a man."--Back cover.

The Dutch :
ISBN: 1598510126. OCLC Number:

Gray & Co.,. Cleveland :. [2006], ©2001.

The Irish sports pages :
ISBN: 1598510134. OCLC Number:

Gray & Co.,. Cleveland :. [2006], ©1998.

A slick con man, posing as a recent Irish immigrant alone in America, is preying on the clannish loyalties of the Irish community of Cleveland, Ohio for gifts, money and other treats. When Judge Maureen Hartigan realizes she's been bamboozled, she and her daughter hire private eye Milan Jacovich to chase down the swindler.



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