Boston Toronto: Little, Brown & Company, 1957. First Edition. Cloth. 8vo, russet cloth with black lettering on spine, Mylar-protected pictorial dust jacket (unclipped) by Martha Sawyers depicting a two-story tea house beneath Mt. Fuji, [vi] + 313 pages. Fine / Fine. Item #1825
The last "Mr. Moto" novel written by Marquand after a gap of 15 years! In this case, the well known Japanese secret agent works with an American spy team. Basis for the 1957 movie starring Robert Wagner and Joan Collins.
John Philips Marquand (1893-1960) first became well known for his "Mr. Moto" spy series which were made into movies starring Peter Lorie during the 1930's. Other crime novels included Ming Yellow (1935); Don't Ask Questions (1941); Repent in Haste (1945, L: 1949); It's Loaded, Mr. Bauer (1949); and Stopover: Tokyo (1957).
Marquand was also a distinguished novelist who treated American society (often the upper classes) with sensitivity, respect, and satire. Thus, he won a Pulitzer for The Late George Apley in 1938.
The author's literary novels included: The Unspeakable Gentleman (1922); The Black Cargo (1925); Waring Hill (1930); THE LATE GEORGE APLEY (1937) for which he won the Pulizer Prize in 1938; Wickford Point (1939); H. M. Pulham, Esquire (1942); So Little Time (1944); B. F.'s Daughter (1946); Point of No Return (1949); the aforesaid Melville Goodwin (1952); Sincerely, Willis Wayde (1955); as well as Women and Thomas Harrow (1958).
Marquand's novel Melville Goodwin (1951) was slated in 1956 for a movie starring Humphrey Bogart, but when throat cancer prevented Bogie from playing the leading role, Kirk Douglas then starred in the 1957 film.
He also wrote several distinguished collections of short stories , essays, and articles, some of which included his perceptive analyses of sports.
Exceptional Condition! No remainder marks; clean, bright, tight with superior dust jacket.