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Prather, Richard S.

Overview
Works: 190 works in 637 publications in 12 languages and 6,420 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS3531.R14, 813.54
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 )
6 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 202 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 158 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 to hurt this heavenly heartbreaker? The trail leads Shell Scott to even more barbarous beauties and he gets thrown some dangerous curves along the way. The search for the truth is a bumpy ride and people keep getting bumped off but our legendary lady-killer knows how to hang on. The plot is thick, the suspects are drop-dead gorgeous and its time once again for our hard-charging, gun-toting gumshoe to rise to the occasion
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--and threatens to drown him if he doesn't finish sorting things out in a hurry
The meandering corpse by Richard S Prather( Book )
13 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 92 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
Case of the vanishing beauty by Richard S Prather( Book )
19 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 41 libraries worldwide
The Case of the Vanishing Beauty
Take a murder, darling by Richard S Prather( Book )
15 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 41 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 35 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
Find this woman by Richard S Prather( Book )
22 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 )
20 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 31 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
Pattern for panic by Richard S Prather( Book )
10 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 30 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
Bodies in Bedlam by Richard S Prather( Book )
19 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 29 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
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
Over her dear body by Richard S Prather( Book )
12 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 25 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 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
Three's a shroud by Richard S Prather( Book )
8 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 24 libraries worldwide
Three tales of murder and mystery from everyone''s favorite dick. With a name like Shell Scott, you can imagine a lot of peculiar things creep up on me--even murder. Especially when there are minor--er, major--distractions that keep me from sleuthing properly--or in some cases help me to sleuth improperly. There was the steamy Martita whose sizzling seduction led me to the barrel of her pointed pistol and sent me sprinting from her singing bullets. And of course I can''t forget to mention my Hungarian Hurricane Ilona whose stormy winds swept me so far off the ground only parts of me returned i
Dead man's walk by Richard S Prather( Book )
9 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 21 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!
The cockeyed corpse by Richard S Prather( Book )
11 editions published between 1964 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 21 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
Het vlees is zwak by Richard S Prather( Book )
16 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 21 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.ALWAYS LEAVE ''EM DYINGA Shell Scott MysteryShell Scott. He''s a guy with a p
Dance with the dead by Richard S Prather( Book )
9 editions published between 1960 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 19 libraries worldwide
This case couldn't have been more up Shell Scott's alley. Twelve naked, luscious beauties, one for each month of the year, were Scott's next assignment. They were called the "Wow" pinup girls and, man, were they wow! Scott's mission: find four freckles. Four freckles located on one of these tomatoes' tushies. That was the only clue Scott had to help him solve this murder. But not to worry, it's the perfect mixture of business and pleasure for Shell Scott, P.I
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 (168)
Finnish (22)
Spanish (15)
Dutch (12)
French (11)
Danish (6)
Greek, Modern [1453- ] (3)
German (2)
Japanese (2)
Swedish (2)
Italian (1)
Czech (1)
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