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Richard Prather

Bio: Richard Prather is the author of the world famous Shell Scott detective series, which has over 40,000,000 copies in print in the U.S. and many millions more in hundreds of foreign-language editions. In 1986 he was awarded the Private Eye Writers of America's Life Achievement Award for his contributions to the detective genre. He and his wife, Tina, live among the beautiful Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona. He enjoys organic gardening, gin on the rocks, and golf. He collects books on several different life-enriching subjects and occasionally re-reads his own books with huge enjoyment, especially Strip For Murder.



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1 Darling, It's Death [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1952)

Words: 55044 - Reading Time: 157-220 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
11 Reader Ratings:
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2 Everybody Had A Gun [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 2004)

Words: 60502 - Reading Time: 172-242 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
5 Reader Ratings:
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3 Dagger of Flesh [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1956)

Words: 49416 - Reading Time: 141-197 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
14 Reader Ratings:
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4 Dead Heat [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1963)

Words: 55000 - Reading Time: 157-220 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
8 Reader Ratings:
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5 Always Leave 'Em Dying [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1982)

Words: 62841 - Reading Time: 179-251 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
19 Reader Ratings:
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6 Bodies In Bedlam [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 2000)

Words: 56793 - Reading Time: 162-227 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
14 Reader Ratings:
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7 Bodies in Bedlam [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  Shell Scott was up to his neck in guns, girls and gore. Constanza Carmocha was unarmed--that is, she didn't have a gun. She didn't need one, either. She had all the weapons that have ruined men from time immemorial--or time immoral. One man had had his throat slit because of her, another was going to die. She was surrounded by a guy who resembled a shaved ape and looked as though he could pick himself up with one hand. But the hand isn't always quicker than the private eye, and as sure as my nam... more info>>

Words: 56719 - Reading Time: 162-226 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller
2 Reader Ratings:
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8 Dance With The Dead [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1960)

Words: 74300 - Reading Time: 212-297 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
11 Reader Ratings:
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9 Dead Man's Walk [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1965)

Words: 74309 - Reading Time: 212-297 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
13 Reader Ratings:
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10 Dig That Crazy Grave [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1989)

Words: 47164 - Reading Time: 134-188 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
4 Reader Ratings:
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11 Double in Trouble [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1959)

Words: 98034 - Reading Time: 280-392 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
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12 Everybody Had A Gun [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  Shell Scott is not an easy guy to mistake for someone else, with his blondish hair, whitish eyebrow, grey eyes, broken nose, and missing ear tip. He's a sucker for a damsel in distress, a guy with a pistol in his pocket and a murder on his mind. When Shell is in the state of Denmark, he finds that he is dodging bullets and it seems like everyone is holding a smoking gun. Somebody is doing his best to make him the late, lamented Shell Scott, six feet under. But who would want to take a shot at su... more info>>

Words: 60502 - Reading Time: 172-242 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
1 Reader Ratings:
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13 Find This Woman [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 2000)

Words: 60351 - Reading Time: 172-241 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
25 Reader Ratings:
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14 Have Gat--Will Travel [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1957)

Words: 58322 - Reading Time: 166-233 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
11 Reader Ratings:
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15 Joker in the Deck [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1964)

Words: 57000 - Reading Time: 162-228 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
12 Reader Ratings:
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16 Kill Him Twice [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1965)

Words: 61173 - Reading Time: 174-244 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
8 Reader Ratings:
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17 Kill the Clown [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1962)

Words: 64707 - Reading Time: 184-258 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
6 Reader Ratings:
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18 Over Her Dear Body [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1959)

Words: 71067 - Reading Time: 203-284 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
10 Reader Ratings:
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19 Pattern for Panic [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1954)

Words: 69749 - Reading Time: 199-278 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
15 Reader Ratings:
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20 Shell Scott's Seven Slaughters [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1963)

Words: 62190 - Reading Time: 177-248 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
8 Reader Ratings:
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21 Shellshock [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  An Arizona attorney has a client with a problem. It's no ordinary problem and this is no ordinary client. Luckily this legal eagle happens to be friends with the hawkish private eye, Shell Scott. Scott is a sure-fire shamus with no shame and a pocket full of bullets. But he will need more than a pocketful of miracles to make this missing persons case go away. A father desperately wants to see his daughter before he dies. But she's disappeared. Scott must find her. But he can't use her name. The ... more info>> (Published: 1987)

Words: 119000 - Reading Time: 340-476 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
9 Reader Ratings:
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22 Slab Happy [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1958)

Words: 78012 - Reading Time: 222-312 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
8 Reader Ratings:
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23 Strip for Murder [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1983)

Words: 65500 - Reading Time: 187-262 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
30 Reader Ratings:
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24 Take a Murder, Darling [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1958)

Words: 56586 - Reading Time: 161-226 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
8 Reader Ratings:
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25 The Amber Effect [MultiFormat]
by Richard Prather
  "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. Randisi For 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 ey... more info>> (Published: 1986)

Words: 76000 - Reading Time: 217-304 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
14 Reader Ratings:
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