Richard S. Prather
1921-2007
 

Richard Scott Prather also wrote under the pseudonyms 'David Knight' and 'Douglas Ring'. He was one of the most successful PI writer of the 50s. He is the creator of 'Shell Scott', a private eye in Hollywood.

 

Titles and year of publication:
 
'Shell Scott' Novels
 1) Case of the Vanishing Beauty  1950
 2) Bodies in Bedlam  1951
 3) Everybody Had a Gun  1951
 4) Find This Woman  1951
 5) Dagger of Flesh  1952
 6) Darling, It's Death  1952
 7) Pattern for Murder (Also published as: The Scrambled Yeggs) (as David Knight)  1952
 8) Way of a Wanton  1952
 9) Always Leave 'em Dying  1954
10) Pattern for Panic  1954
11) Over Her Dead Body  1955
12) Ride a High Horse (Also published as: Too Many Crooks  1956
13) Strip for Murder  1956
14) The Wailing Frail  1956
15) The Deadly Darling  1957
16) Have Gat - Will Travel (short stories)  1957
17) Three's a Shroud (novelets)  1957
18) Slab Happy  1958
19) Take a Murder  1958
20) Double in Trouble (with Stephen Marlowe)  1959
21) Dance with the Dead  1960
22) Dig That Crazy Grave  1961
23) Shell Scott's Seven Slaughters (short stories)  1961
24) Kill the Clown  1962
25) Dead Heat  1963
26) The Cockeyed Corpse  1964
27) Joker in the Deck  1964
28) The Trojan Hearse  1964
29) Dead Man's Walk  1965
30) Kill Him Twice  1965
31) The Meandering Corpse  1965
32) The Kubla Khan Caper  1966
33) Gat Heat  1967
34) The Cheim Manuscript  1969
35) Kill Me Tomorrow  1969
36) The Shell Scott Sampler (short stories)  1969
37) Dead-Bang  1971
38) The Sweet Ride  1972
39) The Sure Thing  1975
40) The Amber Effect  1986
41) Shellshock  1987
Other Novels
 1) Lie Down, Killer  1952
As 'David Knight'
 1) Dragnet: Case No. 561 (UK Title: Case No. 561)  1956
As 'Douglas Ring'
 1) The Peddler  1952

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