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The Indian sign
Roberts, Les.
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First edition.
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New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2000.
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274 pages ; 22 cm
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Sleuth Milan Jacovich is going to need all of his skills to solve two different cases. The first case involves the owner of a toy factory. Who has a bad gut feeling about his new employee. It turns out that the employer is correct -- his new employee is trying to reveal that the company knows they are making tricycles that are not safe. The second case is a little more complex. When Milan leaves his apartment one morning he sees an aged Native American sitting on the park bench. Milan thinks nothing of this, but then the man is still there when Milan comes home. The next morning the bench is empty and Milan later learns that the man was murdered.

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Booklist Review

Milan Jacovich, Cleveland PI, notices a Native American man sitting all day on a bench across from his apartment building; the next day the man's body is pulled from the Cuyahoga River. The Indian's name was Joseph Ettawageshik, and he had come from Cross Village, Michigan, to locate his kidnapped baby grandson. Ettawageshik's grandson makes it Milan' s job to locate the baby. A second job has him investigating David Ream, an employee of Troy Toy who may be selling secrets to competitors. Two strong themes emerge in this latest in a long-running series: children in jeopardy and the difficulty of finding solutions that don't create their own problems. Roberts explores this material in a solidly paced narrative that still allows for plenty of introspection and room to develop a cast of uniformly strong characters. This eleventh Milan Jacovich novel can be recommended to readers who enjoy the modern PI knight-errant. --Gary Niebuhr

Publisher's Weekly Review

Milan Jacovich is the kind of guy who insists on telling you about everything he puts in his mouth. Some of it is moderately interesting (where else could you learn that Winston cigarettes are "the vice of choice of most Slovenians"?). But does knowing where the middle-aged Cleveland PI buys his steaks ("Mister Brisket on Taylor Road") or chocolates for his date ("Mitchell Fine Candies on Lee Road") or his fresh-baked bagels ("I don't buy the packaged ones") really add anything but coy padding? These attempts at verisimilitude mostly get in the way of what could be two interesting storylines: Milan snoops (for money) on a toy-company accountant with a secret agenda while also searching (for free, out of guilt) for a kidnapped Native-American infant. The missing baby's great-grandfather squatted for two chilly February days on a bench across from Milan's house. Later, when the old man's body is fished out of the river, Milan regrets not having spoken to him. Investigating the accountant, Milan discovers that their mutual employerÄa toy tycoonÄis not only sleazy but positively lethal. In his 11th book about Milan, Roberts shows a strong social conscience on such subjects as poisonous toys and illegal adoptions. But he also overrates readers' interest in his hero's personal life. When a woman with whom Milan's had a loving relationship tells him she wants to just be friends, he says, "ConnieÄdid it ever occur to you that this isn't about you?" Yeah, MilanÄit has. Agent, Dominick Abel. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved