Missing Mona

2016 London Book Festival — WINNER
2016 Book Excellence Awards — Mystery WINNER
2016 National Indie Excellence Awards — Crime Fiction Finalist
2016 Beverly Hills Book Awards — Crime Fiction Finalist
2016 International Book Awards — Mystery/Suspense Finalist
2016 New York Book Festival — Wild Card Runner Up
2016 Hollywood Book Festival — Honorable Mention Genre Fiction

2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award — Mystery Finalist


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 Missing Mona

“A winning tale of music, technology, and femme fatales.” —Kirkus Reviews (Featured Review Feb 2016)

“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.”—San Francisco Book Review (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

“This engaging and romantic story is packed with action and intrigue.”—Foreword Reviews(⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

“Here’s hoping that Tommy Cuda continues with his new profession.”—San Francisco Book Review

“Klingler’s Chicago made me want to visit the city in Tommy Cuda’s world. It was exciting and gritty.”—Manhattan Book Review (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

“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 Klingler has it all.”—SF Book Review (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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