A private investigator, a mysterious hitchhiker, dancers, gangsters, a mysterious bag that holds the unthinkable and twists and turns that will have the reader unable to put it down, Missing Mona by Joe Klinger has it all. Tommy Kelsey leaves his parents’ house and technology behind to start a new life or at least have a good adventure. Heading west in the Barracuda left to him by his grandfather, Tommy picks up hitchhiker, Mona. Trying to impress this mysterious, gorgeous redhead, he tells her he is a private investigator named Tommy Cuda. Mona decides to hire him to find someone and pays his retainer with the promise to tell him who in the morning. They stay the night at the W in Chicago where Tommy’s adventure and new profession take off in overdrive. Mona disappears in the middle of the night leaving a note. However, the note is not in the hotel room but on the back of a picture in the bag she had been traveling with hidden under the hood of Tommy’s car that he finds when it won’t start. The note simply says “Find me Tommy – M”. After seeing the note and the contents of the bag, Tommy decides to continue with his newfound profession and persona, Tommy Cuda, private investigator.
As he begins his hunt for Mona, Tommy meets a myriad of characters that weave their way into the story the deeper Tommy digs for information on Mona. Once he finds Mona the story doesn’t end, but, rather, unfolds layers of deception, danger, and lies, leading him into a world of gangsters, dirty politicians, and a game of who’s who. Using the help of people he has met along his journey, Tommy works to figure out who Mona really is, who wants the bag, and how he is going to solve a case that both changes at every turn and threatens lives.
Missing Mona is unlike any mystery that I have read in a long time. Obviously set in the modern age of technology, there are times where it reads like a good old private investigator novel from years ago. Dark lit jazz clubs, gangsters, secret meetings, and disguises, Missing Mona has twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end. What is even more appealing is Klinger’s ability to write a private investigator novel reminiscent of one from years ago and bring it into the present day by intertwining new-age technology, opening up the target audience to a wide age range of readers, making this book unique and a must-read. Here’s to hoping that Tommy Cuda continues with his new profession.
|Page Count||416 pages|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime, Thriller|