Last Laugh, Mr. Moto
Marquand had not written a Moto novel for a number of years. He wrote one again in 1941, prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. After the US declared war on Japan, there was some talk the novel would not be published. However it was decided that Moto was "sufficiently foiled" in his secret service activities in the novel and at the end instead of triumphing he was left "holding the bag". So the novel was published in January 1942.
Bob Bolles, a beachbomber and former US officer, gets involved in a plot on Mercator Island.
- Books -- Authors New York Times 6 Nov 1941: 21.
- Notes on Books and Authors New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]09 Jan 1942: 19.
- LAST LAUGH, MR. MOTO. By John P. Marquand. 269 pp. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. $2. By ISAAC ANDERSON. New York Times 1 Feb 1942: BR14.