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Groucho Marx, Secret Agent (Groucho Marx #5)

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It could be said that in this episode Groucho Marx operates as a Hollywood-style Scarlet Pimpernel, with a repertoire of outrageous puns covering the steely, daring life of a counterspy. But, as Groucho might retort, his cover is at the dry-cleaner, and, besides, Groucho is not one to hide his light under any bushel (even one of stuffed clams). So he and Frank Denby, his s ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 17th 2002 by Minotaur Books
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Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
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I picked up this book on a whim. I've long been a fan of the Marx Brothers films, and as a teenager, I often enjoyed the humorous sci-fi novels of Ron Goulart, so I thought that this might be a fun, quick ride.

The book isn't bad, but it's certainly no literary masterpiece. Mostly we have a lot of Groucho-like witticisms and a bare, weak plot involving Nazis (before America is thrown in to the War).

This appears to be the fifth in a series of Groucho mysteries, and other reviews suggest it is the
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Easy to read and funny, as usual the strong point about this series is Groucho as a character, the mystery in itself is not that interesting. Goulart makes his Groucho speak and react like the real one would have- and he gives us glimpses of the way more serious, complex man under the effrontery and the wit. Nice read, it's my second Groucho mystery and I'll probably read more.
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Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Groucho versus evil Nazi spies hiding in Hollywood, and shows the FBI how it's done. :-)
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Ron Goulart is a cultural historian and novelist. Besides writing extensively about pulp fiction—including the seminal Cheap Thrills: An Informal History of Pulp Magazines (1972)—Goulart has written for the pulps since 1952, when the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction published his first story, a sci-fi parody of letters to the editor. Since then he has written dozens of novels and countles ...more
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