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Review – Missing Mona by Joe Klingler

Review – Missing Mona by Joe KlinglerMissing Mona: A Tommy Cuda Mystery by Joe Klingler
Published by Cartosi LLC on October 23rd 2015
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 418
Source: Author

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Tommy has boomeranged back to his parents residence and a dead-end job after too many years in college. As he looks squarely at his next decade of life his smartphone convinces him the time is ripe for a change. A gift from his grandfather provides the means, so he embarks on the path of blues artists and beatniks before him-and hits the road. He immediately meets a damsel in hitchhiking distress who says her name is Mona. Her presence persuades him that the bright lights and dark clubs of Chicago might be his kind of town. So on a summer Saturday night they settle into a fancy hotel overlooking the beaches of Lake Michigan.
On Sunday...Mona disappears.
But she leaves behind more than a sweet memory that involves Tommy in a brand new cash flow problem he never imagined. While trying to sort out how to stay on the right side of the law and get back on the road, he meets a young criminologist who helps him, a DJ who doesn't, and a librarian who teaches him about the city, women, and the art of the makeover. After truth and lies are stirred like a blue martini, being assaulted by a pink monkey, and witnessing a drive-by shooting that drowns a Ferrari-Tommy is desperate to help Mona.
If he can find her.
Praise for Joe Klingler:
"...dramatic, vivid, evocative, and perfectly detailed."--San Francisco Book Review
"Fierce writing chops...balance action and subterfuge...effortlessly clever prose."--Kirkus Reviews
"Klingler is skilled at writing action scenes. He puts the reader directly in the line of fire, and doesn't let up."--Foreword Clarion Reviews

Tommy “Cuda” is looking to disconnect from his phone and life as he knows it in general. He gets in his car he inherited from his grandfather and hits the road with his phone out the window. He picks up a hitchhiker who name is Mona so she says. She hires him as a private detective to find someone but won’t tell him who until morning. The next morning she is gone and leaves an unexpected find. Tommy goes looking for her and comes across the unexpected. Who is Mona? Can he find her?

In an Oyster Shell – It was an intriguing mystery that had lots of twists and turns that made for a very entertaining and interesting read.

The Pearls – The mystery was fantastic. It was an interesting concept being hired to find someone and it ends up being the person that hired you. Though Tommy was an amateur sleuth he got around pretty good and found his way around the mysteries.

There were a lot of ladies that Tommy comes across and he becomes one very lucky dude. They all seem to like him in one way or another. It was a little funny, it was a little bit of male fantasy being played out in narrative.  It was a fairly clean novel just some intense kissing, but there was a lot of kissing.

The setting was interesting Chicago. There was a lot of reference to the crime. It helped me to know more about that city and made it so I felt like I was there, I don’t have to visit.

There were a lot of interesting characters played out in some interesting themes. From the music scene down to the pawn shop to the bed and breakfast he stayed out. There were a lot of characters and not too many you couldn’t keep track of them. They were developed and distinctive.

The Sand –  It was a little overboard on most women of the book falling for Tommy in one way or another. It was a little bit unbelievable.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Joe Klingler

Joe Klingler was born in the Great Black Swamp on a hot July day during a cold war. In primary school he read Four Wheel Drift. That led to a soap box derby car named Restless, two crashes, and a lifelong love of motion.

Images of Jimi Hendrix playing the U.S. National Anthem at Woodstock inspired pounding on a Gibson in a garage band influenced by local groups like the MC5 and Iggy and Stooges whose pioneering punk music he figured existed everywhere—though it was actually coming out of Detroit, Michigan forty miles to the north.

Joe read The God Machine by Martin Caidin, and started thinking about the nature of computation. He studied electrical engineering, spent time doing research in medical image processing, published academic papers, wrote a few patents. All of which led to an interest in special effects and the software that made them. He co-founded a company that was soon acquired, leading to a string of jobs for bigger and bigger corporations until assimilation by a billion dollar enterprise gave him the idea for a book—which he wrote while moving 525 mph bouncing between the coasts of North America.

That book led to RATS, his debut novel, which draws on the beauty of technology, its uses, misuses and abuses. And how the collision of human ideologies shapes its future—and ours. A minor character in RATS led to Mash Up: a rollicking ride with student musicians through San Francisco, Silicon Valley, social media and the minds of persons who use sharp knives to solve problems.

He currently resides in California with an iMac and a couple of motorcycles, and has recently released his third novel: Missing Mona. He’s fond of turbochargers, and loves his S1000RR.

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