Books by Ron Goulart

GROUCHO MARX, KING OF THE JUNGLE by Ron Goulart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 2005

"A few amusing takes on rewriting scripts, placating studio producers and kowtowing to authors and stars, but too many punch lines that will make you wince and would probably make Groucho do the same."
A blonde, a B-movie and a bevy of Groucho wisecracks. Read full book review >
GROUCHO MARX, SECRET AGENT by Ron Goulart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2002

When the Grim Reaper whispers in movie director Eric Olmstead's ear, barely covered by his Sinbad turban, at studio head Warren Lockwood's Halloween costume party, Olmstead faints, then rouses himself to go home and commit suicide, leaving behind a note to his estranged wife Dinah, the bimbo star of several of Lockwood's major 1939 productions. Read full book review >

GROUCHO MARX AND THE BROADWAY MURDERS by Ron Goulart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

As the Super Chief chugs out of Union Station, ex-crime reporter and Groucho Marx scriptwriter Frank Denby and his wisecracking wife Jane, originator of the sassy Hollywood comic strip Molly, who are headed to New York to turn the strip into a radio series, are startled to find Groucho also aboard, guitar in hand, warbling "Lydia the Tattooed Lady." Read full book review >

ELEMENTARY, MY DEAR GROUCHO by Ron Goulart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

It's 1938, and Mammoth Studios is filming The Valley of Fear, in which Sherlock Holmes is played by Miles Ravenshaw, that notorious English ham. Read full book review >

GROUCHO MARX, PRIVATE EYE by Ron Goulart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 1999

His heartless producers have renamed Groucho Marx's radio show, dug him up a new sponsor—Mullens Pudding, which brags about coming in five flavorful flavors—and stuck him with a horrid supporting actress, Polly Pilgrim, who plays his daughter on the air and his scourge everywhere else. Read full book review >

GROUCHO MARX, MASTER DETECTIVE by Ron Goulart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 1998

You wouldn't think the most ribald movie comic of his age would have a sentimental streak, but Groucho Marx is so sad that Peg McMorrow, a starlet he'd had a brief relationship with two years ago, is dead that he persuades Frank Denby, the former police reporter who's writing his farcical new radio show, Groucho Marx, Master Detective, to see what he can get on the death. Read full book review >

NOW HE THINKS HE'S DEAD by Ron Goulart
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

Another bouncy, flibbertigibbet escapade for artist H.J. Mavity—now deepening the cleavage on bodice-ripper books for editor Lloyd Dobkin—and for her current live-in, ex-hubby, and commercial voice-over specialist Ben Spanner (Even the Butler Was Poor). Read full book review >

EVEN THE BUTLER WAS POOR by Ron Goulart
Released: Dec. 7, 1990

A short, fast, breezy, comic caper in which H.J. (Helen Jeanne) Mavity arrives at the mall to be paid back $5000 by her former boyfriend, Rick Dell, and instead receives a dying message from his almost lifeless lips: "Ninety nine clop clop." Read full book review >

THE WISEMANN ORIGINALS by Ron Goulart
Released: March 17, 1989

A heavy-handed spoof of the wise-guy mystery from hard-boiled aficionado Goulart, who's been cranking out anthologies for years. Read full book review >