Richard S. Prather

Richard S. Prather is the author of the Shell Scott detective series. As well as writing under his own name he has also produced work under the pseudonyms of David Knight and Douglas Ring. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Private Eye Writers of America in 1986.

Shell Scott is a PI with a broad sense of humour. He doesn't take himself too seriously and works out of downtown Los Angeles. Shell Scott deals with all manner of criminal investigations from the small burglaries to missing persons and murder.

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A Checklist of Richard Prather's Shell Scott Series

Case Of The Vanishing Beauty (1950)
Bodies In Bedlam (1951)
Everybody Had A Gun (1951)
Find This Woman (1951)
Way Of A Wanton (1952)
Pattern For Murder (1952) - (written under the pseudonym of David Knight)
Lie Down Killer (1952)
Dagger Of Flesh (1952)
Darling, It's Death (1952)
The Peddler (1952) (written under the pseudonym of Douglas Ring)
Ride A High Horse3 (1953)
Always Leave 'Em Dying ( 1954)
Pattern For Panic4 (1954)
Strip For Murder (1955)
Dragnet: Case No. 561 (1956) (written under the pseudonym of David Knight)
The Wailing Frail (1956)
Three's A Shroud (1957)
Have Gat, Will Travel (1957)
Slab Happy (1958)
Take A Murder, Darling (1958)
Over Her Dear Body (1959)
Double In Trouble (1959) (with Stephen Marlowe)
Dance With The Dead (1960)
Dig That Crazy Grave (1961)
Shell Scott's Seven Slaughters (1961)
Kill The Clown (1962)
Dead Heat (1963)
Joker In The Deck (1964)
The Cockeyed Corpse (1964)
The Trojan Hearse (1964)
Kill Him Twice (1965)
Dead Man's Walk (1965)
The Meandering Corpse (1965)
The Kubla Kahn Caper (1966)
Gat Heat (1967)
The Cheim Manuscript (1969)
The Shell Scott Sampler (1969)
Kill Me Tomorrow (1969)
Dead-Bang (1971)
The Sweet Ride (1972)
The Sure Thing (1975)
The Amber Effect (1986)
Shellshock (1987)


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