WorldCat Identities

Prather, Richard S.

Overview
Works: 195 works in 859 publications in 14 languages and 6,420 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Short stories  Novellas  Noir fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS3531.R14, 813.54
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Richard S Prather
Shellshock by Richard S Prather( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When P.I. Shell Scott locates gangster Claude Romanelle's missing daughter Michelle, Scott finds Romanelle shot dead and himself the next target
The Amber Effect : a Shell Scott novel by Richard S Prather( Book )

10 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just when surefire shamus Shell Scott was thinking that unannounced naked women don't show up on his doorstep frequently enough, a Miss 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?
The Kubla Khan caper by Richard S Prather( Book )

14 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 208 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shell Scott, anyone? This one starts when a man named Ormano Monaco decides to celebrate the opening of his posh hotel in Palm Desert, the Kubla Khan, by staging a beauty contest and instead ends up with a couple of murders. Naturally he calls you know who." --
The meandering corpse by Richard S Prather( )

16 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 187 WorldCat member 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
Pattern for panic by Richard S Prather( )

18 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shell Scott investigates a case in Mexico City. Originally written to feature a Los Angeles private detective named Cliff Morgan
An eye for justice : the third Private Eye Writers of America anthology( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Econometrics can prove challenging for many students unfamiliar with the terms and concepts discussed in a typical econometrics course. Pedace eliminates that confusion with easy-to-understand explanations of important topics, and provides you with an easy-to-follow course supplement to further refine your understanding of how econometrics works and how it can be applied in real-world situations
Joker in the deck by Richard S Prather( )

16 editions published between 1964 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Deuces wild? Hell, everything was wild in this game, where the stakes were murder and all the suspects were wearing poker faces. Somebody was holding a real pat hand, somebody who wanted to make sure that the deck was solidly stacked against Shell Scott. It was up to Shell to draw to an inside straight -- in a fat hurry -- or else wind up in a joker's grave." --
The peddler by Richard S Prather( Book )

15 editions published between 1952 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"His women offered paradise--for a price. In the cutthroat world of organized crime, Tony Romero was headed straight for the top. His territory: the brothels of San Francisco. But his path was littered with bodies and broken dreams--some of them his."--Back cover
Three's a shroud by Richard S Prather( )

14 editions published between 1957 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of three novellas featuring Hollywood private eye Shell Scott
Find this woman by Richard S Prather( )

26 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shell Scott, that rough and tumble trouble shooter, has to find a missing wife. In wide-open, carnival-mad Las Vegas, he catches up with her-- and with murder, intrigue and enough beautiful dames to put the hell in the famed Las Vegas Helldorado." --
Dead heat by Richard S Prather( )

15 editions published between 1964 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A mysterious and industrious industrialist hires LA private eye Shell Scott to find a stockbroker who seems to know too much. And too much is just the beginning. From big-time boardrooms to bawdy motel rooms, our man Scott isn't about to sell these crooks short
Strip for murder by Richard S Prather( )

21 editions published between 1955 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shell Scott, a not-so-private investigator, takes a case concerning a murder at a nudist colony
Everybody had a gun by Richard S Prather( )

25 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 132 WorldCat member 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 seems like everyone is holding a smoking gun. This case just might land Shell a new, deluxe residence ... in the morgue. Honored with the Life Achievement Award by the Private Eye Writers of America!
Bodies in Bedlam by Richard S Prather( )

23 editions published between 1951 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 132 WorldCat member 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
Gat heat by Richard S Prather( Book )

18 editions published between 1967 and 2015 in 6 languages and held by 131 WorldCat member 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
Take a murder, darling by Richard S Prather( )

16 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 130 WorldCat member 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( )

14 editions published between 1962 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 129 WorldCat member 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
Case of the vanishing beauty by Richard S Prather( )

25 editions published between 1950 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One Beauty vanished from sight. Another dead in a hail of bullets. Would the lovely Lina be next? Even here in the drizzly rain outside the El Cuchillo, she was hotter than a welder's torch. Here's your chance to meet Shell Scott, the sharpest Private Eye you've ever known-- the darling of all dames, the envy of all guys." --
Dig that crazy grave by Richard S Prather( )

22 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 8 languages and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Death is just around the coroner... when your name is Shell Scott and you're a private detective with a nose for trouble and an eye for dames ... The action began in a high class mortuary-- the kind where you can die now and pay later. The trail got warmer over at the cemetery, and things really heated up when the mob decided to make me a permanent resident." --
Always leave 'em dying by Richard S Prather( )

22 editions published between 1954 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With a gun in one hand and a girl in the other, Shell Scott invades the twilight zone of Hollywood and smokes out the sweetest racket of them all-- the cults, and their high priests of sin, sex, and sanctity!" --
 
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An eye for justice : the third Private Eye Writers of America anthology
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An eye for justice : the third Private Eye Writers of America anthologyJoker in the deckThe peddlerFind this womanStrip for murderKill the clown
Alternative Names

controlled identityKnight, David, 1921-2007

controlled identityRing, Douglas, 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

Prather, Richard Scott 1924-2007

Richard S. Prather Amerikaans schrijver (1921-2007)

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Ring Douglas

Ring Douglas 1921-2007

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Thomas, Eric 1921-2007

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Пратер Ричард С.

Пратер, Ричард С., 1921-

Пратер, Ричард Скотт

Пратор, Ричард, 1921-

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Праттер Ричард

プラザー, リチャード・S.

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