Publishers Weekly Review
In the ninth Milan Jacovich mystery (The Cleveland Local, 1997, etc.), Roberts makes fine narrative use of the unlikely mix of Cleveland's blue-collar ethnic traditions with the fairy tale world of a movie shoot. PI Jacovich, depressed since the shooting death of his closest friend, homicide cop Marko Meglich, finally takes on a job, agreeing to try to keep Darren Anderson, the young star of a big-budget movie being filmed locally, out of trouble. Self-absorbed and hedonistic, Anderson has a weakness for underage girls. Evading Jacovich, he seduces the 15-year-old daughter of one of the movie's investors. Milan quits in disgust when Anderson tells him about it. The next day, the star is found shot to death, leaving a long list of suspects. Along with Jacovich, these include the 15-year-old's father; another woman whom Anderson had dallied with; that woman's jealous boyfriend; Anderson's co-star, who claims he had been harassing her; and Anderson's mother, stepfather and biological father. Staying on the case for his own reasons, Jacovich soon comes upon another corpse and, figuring out the killer's identity, finds himself in grievous danger before the tale's conclusion. Roberts, who also writes the Saxon series, tells his tale in spare and potent prose. His Cleveland stories get better and better, offering far more than regional insights and pleasures. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Booklist Review
Still grieving over the death of his best friend, Cleveland PI Milan Jacovich agrees to take on a simple bodyguarding case. Hollywood has come to Cleveland in the form of handsome teen movie idol Darren Anderson. All Milan has to do is keep the kid out of trouble while he makes his movie. But then Darren rapes the daughter of one of Cleveland's most prominent citizens, Milan resigns as his bodyguard, and the next morning Darren is found murdered. With Darren's death on his conscience, Milan decides to nail the killer. Head-on encounters with temperamental Hollywood types, the local cops, sly tabloid paparazzi, and Cleveland's version of the Mob don't deter Milan from unraveling Darren's whole sad, sordid story. Roberts' eighth Milan Jacovich book--with its intriguing plot, provocative philosophical dilemmas, and strong Travis McGee^-like hero--is his best yet. This is a series that gets better and better and is strongly recommended for those who like their detectives cut from the classic mold. --Emily Melton