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Last Laugh, Mr. Moto Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1986

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Little Brown & Co (P); Reprint edition (July 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316547050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316547055
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 11.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,928,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Savvy Spies Swoon, Shoot and Scoot 14 Nov. 2006
By Bob Newman - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have no idea if LAST LAUGH, MR. MOTO ever made it to the silver screen, but it should have. Marquand wrote a perfect script for a tropical sleaze B movie (make that C). Every detail is perfect for a Humphrey Bogart starring role. The American drinking himself away in seedy bars gets tapped to take some suspicious characters for a long sail in his yacht. The "wife" of the charterer, who himself has a funny accent, falls in love with this dirty Yank immediately, for what reason I could not tell. But whoa, he turns out to be an ex-navy officer and a pilot to boot; he can throw a mean punch, and outsmart every bad guy, even thought they are professional secret agents and he's been addling his brain with booze for a few years. A wily Oriental (oh, God, he even says "so sorry" a million times) weaves his way in and out of the pages, a murder or two, a pompous British colonial cop without a clue, a local Jamaican who is called `boy' and is bug-eyed in half the scenes, and of course, a pseudo-Swedish gorilla. Caribbean hi-jinx during the early years of World War II, deserted islands, secret weapons, they know that I know that they know that I's all here, folks. All you have to do is get hold of a copy, sink back into your (hopefully worn-out) sofa and take yourself back to another America, another world, when bad guys were bad, good guys were always strong, and French ladies were soooooooo elegant. The only thing is I never figured out why Mr. Moto got the last laugh. Oh, well, you can't have everything.

This book is part of a series by Marquand, so if you like it, there's a lot more. Go for it !
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An old wartime adventure 5 May 2013
By Danny T. Harbin - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This story was written in 1942 as an espionage adventure, with WWII in progress at the time, and is interesting for that reason alone. The characters are noticeably stereotyped and the plot realistic but non-historic. It has mystery elements but is more of a thriller. If you are expecting something like a Japanese version of Charlie Chan, this isn't it.
Second time around 20 Sept. 2013
By Kindle Customer - Published on
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I seem to be re-reading stories that I had devoured 40 years ago, renewing old friends, so to speak. Moto is a great character (I always visualize Peter Lorre), who plays an ancillary role in the novels. He is never the main character, but is absolutely essential to the story.. Marquand was an excellent writer, a wonderful story-teller. I would like to see all the rest of the novels on Kindle...I have bought the two that are available.
One of the best thrillers 18 Jan. 2013
By Tom F. - Published on
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This book is John P. Marquand at his best. The pace is fast
and the writing excellent. A most highly recommended read.
Mr. Moto was good. 25 Dec. 2014
By Hank D - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I have read all the Mr. Moto books. This one is as good as the others.
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