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Prather, Richard S.

Overview
Works: 196 works in 648 publications in 14 languages and 6,453 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3531.R14, FIC
Publication Timeline
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Publications about Richard S Prather
Publications by Richard S Prather
Publications by Richard S Prather, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Richard S Prather
Shellshock by Richard S Prather( Book )
5 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 198 libraries worldwide
Cover; Dedication; Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; Chapter Eight; Chapter Nine; Chapter Ten; Chapter Eleven; Chapter Twelve; Chapter Thirteen; Chapter Fourteen; Chapter Fifteen; Chapter Sixteen; Chapter Seventeen; Chapter Eighteen; Chapter Nineteen; Chapter Twenty; Chapter Twenty-One; Chapter Twenty-Two
The amber effect : a Shell Scott novel by Richard S Prather( Book )
6 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 154 libraries worldwide
Just when surefire shamus Shell Scott was thinking that unannounced naked women don''t show up on his doorstep frequently enough, a Ms. Naked USA contestant and next-door neighbor comes knocking with nothing on. But the real knockout is her story: someone tried to kill her and is now dead on her floor! This private eye can''t believe what he''s seeing! Before Scott can even ask where she kept the weapon, she''s disappeared and our private dick is stuck with the stiff...and a tall tale to tell the cops. Scott''s used to people trying to take shots at him, and for good reason, but who would want t
The Kubla Khan caper by Richard S Prather( Book )
9 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 123 libraries worldwide
It''s not exactly Xanadu but the Kubla Khan, Ormand Monaco''s new super-luxury hotel in Palm Desert, California is designed and built to transport visitors to what such a palace would be like. He''s planned a beauty contest as part of the grand opening but what nobody had planned on are a couple of murders that stir things up and start to spoil the show. Who better than Shell Scott to come in and sort things out? As he unravels the knots--and the one holding up Lyssa Weldon''s towel unravels all by itself--the usual mix of lust and mayhem that surrounds Shell Scott spreads in all directions--a
Gat heat by Richard S Prather( Book )
12 editions published between 1967 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 96 libraries worldwide
When his client turns up dead and naked, Shell Scott focuses on the widow Everyone at the party is naked. It's just that kind of scene. Even the corpse seems to have forgotten his clothes. Private detective Shell Scott has tangled with the toughest 'hoods in Los Angeles-and has the scars to show for it-but even he isn't prepared for a gathering of Southern California's most murderous nudists. He's been summoned to the party by the host, George Halstead, on a matter of "peculiar delicacy," but he'll soon discover there's much more to this mystery than a single unclothed stiff. As it turns out, it's Halstead who's both naked and dead, and his widow is eager for Scott to crack the case. Before he knows what hit him, this PI will be neck-deep in blackmail, murder, and enough bare bodies to fill the grotto at the Playboy Mansion
The meandering corpse by Richard S Prather( Book )
13 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 91 libraries worldwide
I could see the beach robe Zazu had been wearing, but couldn''t see her. Then the pool''s surface rippled and tossed darts of sunlight at my eyes, and I could see Zazu quite well. She was wearing either the latest thing in jazzy bathing suits or nothing at all. She reached the ladder and started to climb up it, nonchalant as a bird--a jaybird. ""Hi,"" I said brightly, ""you can see I''m working."" She started down the ladder until the water was almost up to her waist. ""Do you always swim in the nude, dear?"" I said. ""It feels good. Probably I won''t do it when I''m older."" ""I thought that
Take a murder, darling by Richard S Prather( Book )
16 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 42 libraries worldwide
Shell Scott acts as body guard to beautiful women and one in particular could lead to murder
Kill the clown by Richard S Prather( Book )
12 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 38 libraries worldwide
When danger rolls into town I have one eye open--my most private eye--while the other is focusing on a fiery fury of a lady. Surrounded by more underworld celebrities than San Quentin and Sing Sing combined, can you believe that I was the King of Clowns? That's right, but I thought my role was to rescue any poor damsel in distress. Too bad that maiden wasn't planning to rescue me from the next social event planned in town--my funeral--and it was up to me to crash the party while keeping cool below the belt
Strip for murder by Richard S Prather( Book )
17 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 37 libraries worldwide
Shell Scott, a not-so-private investigator, has a new type of case; he has to bare it all. But this case requires no fancy P.I. accessories: in fact, it doesn't require any accessories: he's got to find a murderer in a nudist colony. Experienced nudists and adventurous visitors frolic about the colony--oh, and so does a deranged killer. Wearing nothing but his gun, Shell has reveal the murderer in this entrancing mystery novel ... and that's the naked truth
Find this woman by Richard S Prather( Book )
21 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 34 libraries worldwide
Shell Scott. He''s a guy with a pistol in his pocket and murder on his mind. The crime world''s public enemy number one, this Casanova is a sucker for a damsel in distress. When a pair of lovely legs saunters into his office, he can''t help but take the job, even when the case is a killer. There are way too many dames knocking at Shell''s door, all saying they are the same woman. Not that Shell minds a private Las Vegas harem, but they are really complicating this case. He has his hands full peeling each woman''s mask, but Shell can handle it. It''s a dirty job, but somebody''s got to do it. H
Everybody had a gun by Richard S Prather( Book )
19 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 33 libraries worldwide
Shell Scott. He''s a guy with a pistol in his pocket and murder on his mind. The crime world''s public enemy number one, this Casanova is a sucker for a damsel in distress. When a pair of lovely legs saunters into his office, he can''t help but take the job, even when the case is a killer. Shell feels like a walking, talking target. He''s not an easy guy to mistake for someone else, with his gray eyes, broken nose and missing ear tip, but who would want to take a shot at such a stunning and attractive man? Something''s fishy in the state of Denmark when Shell finds he is dodging bullets and it
Case of the vanishing beauty by Richard S Prather( Book )
16 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 32 libraries worldwide
The Case of the Vanishing Beauty
Pattern for panic by Richard S Prather( Book )
10 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Shell Scott. He''s a guy with a pistol in his pocket and murder on his mind. The crime world''s public enemy number one, this Casanova is a sucker for a damsel in distress. When a pair of lovely legs saunters into his office, he can''t help but take the job, even when the case is a killer. He's South of the border and crackin' down on crime. There's a fierce crime wave running rampant throughout Mexico that's got Shell in the mood for some hot tamales, wet tequila and justice. But who would have guessed that the police are involved in the scam? Shell's got his work cut out for him, but that do
Dig that crazy grave by Richard S Prather( Book )
16 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 28 libraries worldwide
"Death is just around the coroner when you're Shell Scott roaming the streets with a nose for danger and a sharp eye for the dames. On a trail leading from the high-class mortuary to the local cemetery, I realized the mob wanted me exactly where I was-as a permanent resident!"--Page 4 of cover
Bodies in Bedlam by Richard S Prather( Book )
17 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 25 libraries worldwide
""As far as I''m concerned, Richard S. Prather was the King of the paperback P.I writers of the 60s. Shell Scott should be in the Top Ten of any readers list of favorite private eyes.""--Robert J. RandisiFor four decades, Richard S. Prather published over 40 works of detective fiction, most featuring his clever, cad-about-town hero, Shell Scott. Known for their arched humor, punchy dialogue, and sunny Southern California locale, the Shell Scott books represent one of the greatest private eye collections ever produced.BODIES IN BEDLAMA Shell Scott MysteryShell Scott. He''s a guy with a pistol i
The wailing frail by Richard S Prather( Book )
14 editions published between 1956 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 25 libraries worldwide
Shell Scott. He''s a guy with a pistol in his pocket and murder on his mind. The crime world''s public enemy number one, this Casanova is a sucker for a damsel in distress. When a pair of lovely legs saunters into his office, he can''t help but to take the job, even when the case is a killer. As usual, the beautiful women are always the mysterious ones. Following the goddess-like façade of a major player in the California senate investigation, Shell Scott, P.I., must compose himself and get on the case before things get violent. Sadly, he can't take his eyes off this enchanting girl. As things
Over her dear body by Richard S Prather( Book )
10 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 24 libraries worldwide
Cover; Dedication; Chapter One; Chapter Two; Chapter Three; Chapter Four; Chapter Five; Chapter Six; Chapter Seven; Chapter Eight; Chapter Nine; Chapter Ten; Chapter Eleven; Chapter Twelve; Chapter Thirteen; Chapter Fourteen; Chapter Fifteen; Chapter Sixteen; Chapter Seventeen; Chapter Eighteen; Chapter Nineteen; Chapter Twenty
The cockeyed corpse by Richard S Prather( Book )
11 editions published between 1964 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 22 libraries worldwide
Dedication ; Contents ; Chapter One ; Chapter Two ; Chapter Three ; Chapter Four ; Chapter Five ; Chapter Six ; Chapter Seven ; Chapter Eight ; Chapter Nine ; Chapter Ten ; Chapter Eleven ; Chapter Twelve ; Chapter Thirteen ; Chapter Fourteen ; Chapter Fifteen ; Chapter Sixteen ; Chapter Seventeen ; Chapter Eighteen ; Chapter Nineteen ; Chapter Twenty
Dead man's walk by Richard S Prather( Book )
9 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 22 libraries worldwide
The island couldn't be more charming with its stretches of white beaches, crystalline lagoons, and exotic bikini-clad beauties. But with three dead bodies and a voodoo priest, I had a hard time concentrating on sightseeing. It seemed superstitious to me, since nobody could solve the puzzling cause of their deaths. So with the assistance of my own lovely native doll, I had my work cut out for me-and that was simply managing to evade the long voodoo needle that was destined for my heart!
Always leave 'em dying by Richard S Prather( Book )
14 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 19 libraries worldwide
Always Leave 'Em Dying
The scrambled yeggs by Richard S Prather( Book )
8 editions published between 1958 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 18 libraries worldwide
Shell Scott. He''s a guy with a pistol in his pocket and murder on his mind. The crime world''s public enemy number one, this Casanova is a sucker for a damsel in distress. When a pair of lovely legs saunters into his office, he can''t help but take the job, even when the case is a killer. Shell has finally met someone who may be his match. She''s got a killer body and legs that seem to never end, but where is she hiding her pistol in that painted-on dress? It''s tough to keep his mind on the current case, but he''s used to distraction and knows all he needs is a stiff drink and a cold shower
 
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Alternative Names

controlled identity Knight, David, 1921-2007

Knight David 1921-2007
Prater, Richard
Prater, Richard Skott
Prāters, R. S., 1921-
Prather, R.S., 1921-2007
Prather, Richard.
Prather Richard 1921-2007
Prather, Richard S.
Prather Richard S. 1921-2007
Prather, Richard Scott
Prather, Richard Scott 1921-2007
Richard S. Prather Amerikaans schrijver (1921-2007)
Richard S. Prather amerikansk författare
Richard S. Prather amerikansk skribent
Richard S. Prather écrivain américain
Richard S. Prather scrittore statunitense
Ring, Douglas.
Ring Douglas 1921-2007
Thomas, Eric 1921-2007
Пратер, Ричард С., 1921-
Пратер, Ричард Скотт
Пратор, Ричард, 1921-
プラザー, リチャード・S.
プレイザー, リチャード
リチャード・S・プラザー
Languages
English (165)
Finnish (23)
Spanish (14)
Dutch (12)
French (11)
Danish (8)
Italian (3)
Japanese (2)
Swedish (2)
Greek, Modern [1453- ] (2)
Russian (2)
German (1)
Slovenian (1)
Czech (1)
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