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The best-kept secret : a Milan Jacovich mystery
Roberts, Les.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
308 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"Thomas Dunne books"--T.p. verso.
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In this 10th mystery of a series, Milan defends a hapless, quiet college student accused of rape by the 'Women Warriors. Milan has his work cut out for him. It's not clear just who is making the accusation and who the victim is.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Laid-back Cleveland PI Milan Jacovich returns in his tenth case. Eighteen-year-old Jason Crowell, a student at Sherman College, is accused of rape by the Women Warriors, a rabid underground feminist group. Even worse, Jason is also facing charges of first-degree murder and drug dealing. His high-school mentor, Reggie Parker, claims Jason is being framed and begs Milan to help save the kid. Milan owes Reggie a favor, so he agrees to investigate. He quickly learns that Sherman's placid, midwestern campus hides a gang of murderous drug dealers who don't appreciate investigators in their midst. Milan is neither as glib and charming as Spenser nor as world-weary and philosophical as Travis McGee, but his pragmatic approach to life, endearingly anachronistic attempts at the latest slang, sometimes foolish bravado, and quixotic attempts to save the world make him a hero one can't help but like. Roberts' polished prose, inventive plots, and pleasantly low-key style add extra appeal to this popular, long-running series. --Emily Melton

Publisher's Weekly Review

Signs plastered around Cleveland's Sherman College campus identify Jason Crowell as a rapist. They don't bother to identify his victim. Poor Jason is reviled, suspended from classes and desperate. His best friend is convinced of his innocence, but his belligerent father is less sure. Soon Cleveland's own Slovenian-American PI, Milan Jacovich (The Cleveland Local, etc.), joins Jason's select circle of supporters as he tries to clear the young man's name. Milan's job isn't made any easier by the discovery of heroin in Jason's bathroom, or by the sudden death of a college adviser. Is the frameup about sex or about drugs? Is it even a frame? The best-kept secret turns out to be that Jason is gayÄa fact that Milan is much more willing to accept and understand than is the boy's father. Despite Roberts's enlightened intentions, he seldom manages to get beyond the roughest of stereotypes. His feminists are strident, his academics are smug and the relentlessly ethnic Milan is always moral, even when defending an accused rapist might just lose him the affections of Connie, his newest lady friend. This is a story driven more by Milan's gruff voice than by any plot surprises or psychological exploration. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Private investigator Milan Jacovich investigates the case of a college man falsely accused of rape by a group of militant women. Subsequent murder exacerbates the situation. The tenth in a long-running and successful series. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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