Calendar » Get Out

Mystery Solved

Crime novelist Les Roberts reveals his grand motive.


Les Roberts says it was love at first sight. When the Chicago native moved from Hollywood (where he produced Hollywood Squares and wrote for The Andy Griffith Show, among other gigs) to Cleveland nearly 20 years ago, he was smitten. He came here to oversee the startup of an Ohio Lottery TV show, but soon he was writing a series of Cleveland-based mystery novels centered on private eye Milan Jacovich. "From the moment I got off the plane, there was something about this city that really touched me," says Roberts. "It's a city different from almost every other city I've ever been in."

Roberts has just published the memoir We'll Always Have Cleveland, a mash note to his adopted hometown. In it, he talks about his 13 Jacovich mysteries, his 24 years in Hollywood, and finding his inspiration in C-Town. "I didn't like Los Angeles very much," he says. "Everybody lies to you. Nobody's lied to me in Cleveland so far."
Fri., May 5, 2 p.m.; Mon., May 8, 7 p.m.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.