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."
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Les Roberts says it was love at first sight. When the Chicago native moved from Hollywood (where he produced