"Stopover: Tokyo" was the last of the Mr. Moto books written in 1957 by J.P.Marquand. I love mysteries and especially some of the "older" or classical mysteries, particularly Holmes and Poirot. However, I also confess a deep enjoyment some of the famous Oriental sleuths or mysteries of the early 1900's, especially the wonderful Charlie Chan and the equally sinister, Chinese evil genius, Fu Manchu, which lead me to the Mr. Moto series. This is only the second Moto I have read, and I will go out on a limb and say, it may be the worst. It is "OK;" but it is steeped in the time and place of the post WWII cold war. Japanese culture is not Marquand's strong suit, and some of the stereotyping is very hard to get past.
Mr. Moto's English is still the same (similar to Charlie Chan's) and with both characters, one has the sense of the great wisdom behind a somewhat stereotypical facade. Even our American agent hero is larger than life: a handsome, college educated, former football player, who is knowledgeable in many languages, who was in the paratroopers in the "East" during WWII, who knows his weapons, and, of course, who can hold his booze! His sidekick agent is an attractive, college educated, upper-class woman, Ruth Bogart, who knows her stuff. They, of course, chase the inevitable "Commies" who are getting ready to assassinate a leader and putting the blame on America. Our two young agents, as capable as they may be, naturally fall in love and dream about leaving the lonely life of secret agents for the freedom of the "outside" (awwwwwww!). Eventually (almost half way into the book), they meet up with Mr. Moto, who poses as a guide for them in Japan and who they believe is an enemy agent. Not the most cunning or clever plots or characterizations ever, hence my larger problem than just Japanese culture as to stereotyping.
Although the book has some severe problems, it is still worth the read; the ending is not stereotypical by any means.