Les Roberts (mystery novel writer)
Les Roberts (born Lester Roubert, July 18, 1937) to Lester Nathaniel and Eleanor (Bauch) Roubert in Chicago, Illinois; he changed his name to Roberts in 1968.
Roberts attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and Roosevelt University (1954–1956), served in the U.S. Army (1960–1962), and married Gail Medland in 1957; they divorced in 1980. Roberts has two children, Valerie Lynne and Darren Jon, one grandchild, Shea Holland Thompson. He currently lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Roberts became a vegan c. 2012 after watching 'Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home' stating:
Humane slaughter is a bit of misnomer. Chicken, cows, pigs. They are all intelligent, sentient, emotional creatures and we treat them like we would an old pair of shoes. How could we ever eat animals again after that? 
Roberts began his career as a contemporary American mystery novelist after twenty-four years in Hollywood, having written and/or produced more than 2,500 half-hour segments of network and syndicated television. He was the first producer and head writer of The Hollywood Squares, and has written for The Lucy Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Jackie Gleason Show and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., among others.
Roberts is primarily seen as a regional writer. Though his Saxon series is set in Los Angeles, he is best known for his Milan Jacovich series set in his adopted hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Jacovich, unlike many single, dashing private eyes of fiction, is a battered, Stroh's-drinking, polka-dancing Slovenian American Vietnam veteran, ex-cop, and former Kent State football star, with a Serbian strong-willed ex-wife and two sons that he sees every other Sunday. Jacovich's working-guy attitude has endeared him to many Cleveland readers.
The Saxon series
- An Infinite Number Of Monkeys (1987 ISBN 978-1-930916-30-2)
- Not Enough Horses (1988 ISBN 978-1-930916-32-6)
- A Carrot For The Donkey (1989 ISBN 978-0-312-02554-0)
- Snake Oil (1990 ISBN 978-0-312-04424-4)
- Seeing The Elephant (1992 ISBN 978-1-930916-33-3)
- The Lemon Chicken Jones (1994 ISBN 978-0-312-10490-0)
The Milan Jacovich series
- Pepper Pike (1988: ISBN 978-1-59851-001-0)
- Full Cleveland (1989 ISBN 978-1-59851-002-7)
- Deep Shaker (1991 ISBN 978-1-59851-003-4)
- The Cleveland Connection (1993 ISBN 978-1-59851-004-1)
- The Lake Effect (1994 ISBN 978-1-59851-005-8)
- The Duke Of Cleveland (1995 ISBN 978-1-59851-006-5)
- Collision Bend (1996 ISBN 978-1-59851-007-2)
- The Cleveland Local (1997 ISBN 978-1-59851-008-9)
- A Shoot In Cleveland (1998 ISBN 978-1-59851-009-6)
- The Best-Kept Secret (1999 ISBN 978-1-59851-010-2)
- The Indian Sign (2000 ISBN 978-1-59851-011-9)
- The Dutch (2001 ISBN 978-1-59851-012-6)
- The Irish Sports Pages (2002 ISBN 978-1-59851-013-3)
- King of the Holly Hop (2008 ISBN 978-1-59851-054-6)
- The Cleveland Creep (2011 ISBN 978-1-59851-071-3)
- Whiskey Island (2012 ISBN 978-1-93844-139-4)
- Win, Place, or Die (with co-author Dan S. Kennedy) (2013 ISBN 978-1-93844-137-0)
- A Carol for Cleveland (1991 ISBN 0-944125-18-2)
- The Chinese Fire Drill (2001 ISBN 978-0-7862-3760-9)
- The Scent of Spiced Oranges and Other Stories (2002 ISBN 978-0-7862-4331-0)
- We'll Always Have Cleveland (2006 ISBN 978-1-59851-014-0)
- The Strange Death of Father Candy (2011 ISBN 978-0-31256-633-3)
In 1986 he won the inaugural "Best First Private Eye Novel Contest" for An Infinite Number of Monkeys in 1986. This novel was also nominated for the 1988 Anthony Award for "Best First Novel" and the Shamus Award the same year in the same category. The following year, the initial novel in the Milan Jacovich series was nominated for the 1989 Anthony Award in the "Best Novel" category. Next, Roberts also won the 1992 Cleveland Arts Prize for Literature and has been voted "Cleveland's Favorite Author" by Cleveland.com. The novel The Lake Effect was nominated for the 1995 Shamus Award in the "Best Private Eye Novel" category.
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