The Cleveland Creep
The Cleveland Creep
By Les Roberts
Milan Jacovich, Cleveland private investigator, is hired by Savannah Dacey to find her lost son, Earl. Earl is twenty-eight and as Jacovich discovers into taking ‘upskirt’ videos of teens at local malls. The missing person case turns creepier when Jacovich starts speaking with individuals involved with the mob and those dealing in pornography. Also, he’s been persuaded by another PI friend to hire an assistant, a man with temper and fists to back it up. When a dead body turns up dead, Jacovich is hounded not only by the local police (with whom he’s no friend) and an FBI agent (with whom he doesn’t want to be a friend). Missing person to murder, with trouble adding up for Jacovich in every chapter.
It’s a plot that reveals a little more with each chapter. There is a little bit of everything in this, from Catholic schools, to the FBI, to pornography dealers, and personal issues.
Milan Jacovich: Pronounced ‘my-lan’ (with the stress on the first syllable) ‘yock-vich’. 59, Cleveland PI, wry sense of humor, former military policeman, former cop, lives in an apartment, two sons, wears reading glasses, drinks Stroh’s beer, likes crunchy peanut butter.
Savannah Dacey: Artificially dyed hair, uses bad grammar, fleshy, dresses and appears in aspects of the sixties, flirty, widow.
Kevin ‘KO’ O’Bannion: 24, Irish, deep indigo eyes, physically fit, blonde/red hair, ex Army, serious, no sense of humor, expresses a dry wit when writing emails, served three years in juvenile custody for violence, ex Catholic, owns a cat.
Cleveland: northeast Ohio city with a lot of history.
These are very well presented characters (along with others) and aspects of their lives are parceled out so you don’t get overwhelmed but receive a complete picture. From the mob boss to the aging reporter to the Catholic school principal, every character is unique and is very well distinguished. You have the feeling you know and understand everyone, even the bad guys. Cleveland becomes part of the story and affects attitude, characters, and action.
Distinctive voices all around. No long lectures or soliloquies. To the point.
First person narrative. Just enough detail to present a complete picture, just like the characters. Action is quick. Subject matter is not for children and I didn’t care learning about certain aspects of the pornography business. This books reaffirms that mankind can be a sick and cruel species. However, moving past the deviance and looking at the writing itself, this is a very well written book. I was impressed from the first chapter. The humor, the descriptions, and way the story unfolded showed solid, knowledgeable, and experienced writing.