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BOOK REVIEW: KING OF THE HOLLY HOP
BY LES ROBERTS

We hope you enjoy this book review by Caryn St. Clair.



It has been a few years since the last Milan Jacovich mystery, but Milan is finally back with his fourteenth case in King of the Holly Hop. Forty years ago at the Christmas dance, the ever rich and popular Phil Kohn humiliated Tommy Wiggins just as Tommy was crowned King of the Holly Hop. Now a successful playwright, Tommy has waited all these years to even the score with Phil now a well known cardiologist. When Kohn is found shot to death in a nearby parking garage, Tommy becomes the number one suspect. Tommy's attorney hires Milan to find other people with motives to kill Kohn. As Milan starts digging into Kohn's life he finds not only some dark secrets, and many people who might want the arrogant Doctor dead.

This was a hard case for Milan to investigate as it forces him to dig up the ugliness in his friends and classmates lives. While people's memories tend to gloss over the unpleasant while remembering only the good, as the years go by some things grow uglier and more hurtful. Milan uncovered many of those things that had festered with classmates for years. He also found out exactly how far some people would go to keep personal secrets hidden. It is hard enough for Milan to expose things about strangers, but it becomes painful when Milan knows and care about the people involved.

The emotional stage for this book is set at the reunion. The emotions stirred up and the awkward dialog between former classmates ring true. He also does a very good job of allowing readers to feel how conflicted Milan is as his investigation progresses. As I read the book I realized how much I'd missed Milan and his view of Cleveland. Hopefully readers won't have to wait so long for Milan's next case.

REVIEWED BY CARYN ST. CLAIR

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