Magazine December 21, 2009, Issue


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The Talented Mr. Moto

Terry Teachout should be sorry! How can he discuss John P. Marquand and his works (“Be Careful What You Ask For,” November 23) without any mention of Marquand’s most significant and lasting body of work, the Mr. Moto spy series? If Teachout wants to resuscitate Marquand’s writing legacy and expose a new generation to his works, he should at least mention the wonderful world of Mr. Moto.

Marquand’s pre–World War II polite and proper Imperial Japanese superspy predates Ian Fleming’s James Bond by nearly a generation. I fell in love with Moto as a result of a 1980s

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