Richard S. Prather
1921-2007
Pseudonyms: David Knight and Douglas Ring
 

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) Way of a Wanton  1952
 8) Ride a High Horse (Also published as: Too Many Crooks [1956])  1953
 9) Always Leave 'em Dying  1954
10) Pattern for Panic  1954
11) Over Her Dead Body  1955
12) Strip for Murder  1956
13) The Wailing Frail  1956
14) The Deadly Darling  1957
15) Have Gat - Will Travel (short stories)  1957
16) Three's a Shroud (novelets)  1957
17) Slab Happy  1958
18) Take a Murder  1958
19) Double in Trouble (with Stephen Marlowe)  1959
20) Dance with the Dead  1960
21) Dig That Crazy Grave  1961
22) Shell Scott's Seven Slaughters (short stories)  1961
23) Kill the Clown  1962
24) Dead Heat  1963
25) The Cockeyed Corpse  1964
26) Joker in the Deck  1964
27) The Trojan Hearse  1964
28) Dead Man's Walk  1965
29) Kill Him Twice  1965
30) The Meandering Corpse  1965
31) The Kubla Khan Caper  1966
32) Gat Heat  1967
33) The Cheim Manuscript  1969
34) Kill Me Tomorrow  1969
35) The Shell Scott Sampler (short stories)  1969
36) Dead-Bang  1971
37) The Sweet Ride  1972
38) The Sure Thing  1975
39) The Amber Effect  1986
40) Shellshock  1987
Other Novels
 1) Lie Down, Killer  1952
As 'David Knight'
 1) Pattern for Murder (Also published as: The Scrambled Yeggs [1958])  1952
 2) Dragnet: Case No. 561 (UK Title: Case No. 561 [1957])  1956
As 'Douglas Ring'
 1) The Peddler  1952

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