National (In-)Security: Fifty Notable American Espionage Novels: 34-36.


Marquand, John P.  Stopover Tokyo.  Boston: Little, Brown, 1957.

John P. Marquand was one of the most highly regarded social realists of his generation, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1938 for The Late George Appley.  His novels were widely reviewed and widely read.  But his reputation has faded somewhat over the past half-century, and he may now be known most for his series of novels featuring Mr. Moto.  An operative who undertakes missions at the special request of the Japanese emperor, Mr. Moto is a synthesis of Charlie Chan and Fu Manchu, of the polite oriental and the yellow peril.  Slight in stature, he maintains a manner that is very understated and even self-deprecating, but he is a deadly combatant, as able to dispatch an adversary with his hands as with a variety of weapons in which he is expert.  Although Mr. Moto’s missions are quasi-official, he actually…

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