The people of Queenstown, Ohio, don't take kindly to strangers. But they have no choice in the matter after a man's body is found in a local park, pants unzipped and stabbed through the heart--and a second man's body turns up days later, his head bashed in.Read more...
The people of Queenstown, Ohio, don't take kindly to strangers. But they have no choice in the matter after a man's body is found in a local park, pants unzipped and stabbed through the heart--and a second man's body turns up days later, his head bashed in. Local law enforcement needs help with the town's first-ever murder investigation.
Private investigator Milan Jacovich (pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovitch) tags along when his main squeeze, Cleveland homicide detective Tobe Blaine, is dispatched to rural Ashtabula County to handle the case.
Word travels fast in the small town, and the mixed-race couple receives a cold welcome. The motel manager doesn't like their looks, the coroner conveniently forgets key details, and patrons at the local watering hole flaunt their disrespect for Tobe's out-of-town badge and her skin color.
Milan enlists his young assistant, Kevin "K.O." O'Bannion, to glean information from the town's teens, who tell tales of their parents' fervent devotion to their local pastor, an outspoken bigot. Did homophobia factor in the murders?
Looming over the case is nearby Conneaut prison--privately run, overcrowded, and rumored to employ some questionable methods (as well as many local residents). Inside its walls, a powerful convict known as "The Prophet" just might have the information Tobe and Milan need to solve the case--if they can get him to talk.
Queenstown might only be an hour's drive from Cleveland, but Milan, Tobe, and K.O. find themselves strangers in a strange land. They also soon find themselves neck-deep in serious trouble.
- ISBN-13: 9781938441714
- ISBN-10: 1938441710
- Publisher: Gray & Company Publishers
- Publish Date: August 2015
- Page Count: 243
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Series: Milan Jacovich Mysteries (Hardcover)
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-10-12
- Reviewer: Staff
In Roberts's workmanlike 18th whodunit featuring Milan Jacovich (after 2013's Win, Place, or Die with Dan Kennedy), the Cleveland PI searches for a killer in a quiet Ohio community. After the first two murders in Queenstown's history overwhelm the small local force, the mayor of Cleveland agrees to assign someone from his department to investigate; that duty falls to Det. Sgt. Tobe Blaine, Milan's significant other. Milan accepts her request to come along and help out, but their interracial relationshipshe's black, he's whiteraises hackles in the closed-minded town. The amateurish nature of Queenstown's law enforcement, including a coroner counting down until retirement, handicaps Milan and Tobe as they try to determine the link, if any, between the killings of rancher Paul Fontaine, who was knifed through the heart, and insurance salesman Cordis Poole, whose head was bashed in. Some readers might prefer less of a heavy-handed contrast between the good and the bad guys. (Aug.)