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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.


1. Long [55044 words]Darling, It's Death by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
2. Long [60502 words]Everybody Had A Gun by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
3. Mid-Length [49416 words]Dagger of Flesh by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
4. Long [55000 words]Dead Heat by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
5. Long [55326 words]The Scrambled Yeggs by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
6. Long [58322 words]Have Gat--Will Travel by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
7. Long [59975 words]The Wailing Frail by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
8. Long [57750 words]Too Many Crooks by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
9. Long [62841 words]Always Leave 'Em Dying by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
10. Long [56335 words]Way of the Wanton by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
  1. Long [65500 words]Strip for Murder by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
2. Long [59975 words]The Wailing Frail by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
3. Long [56586 words]Take a Murder, Darling by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
4. Long [78012 words]Slab Happy by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
5. Long [62084 words]The Trojan Hearse by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
6. Long [56793 words]Bodies In Bedlam by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
7. Long [60502 words]Everybody Had A Gun by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
8. Long [71067 words]Over Her Dear Body by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
9. Long [62190 words]Shell Scott's Seven Slaughters by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]
10. Long [55044 words]Darling, It's Death by Richard Prather [Mystery/Crime]

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26 The Case of the Vanishing Beauty
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: 1978)

Words: 59533 - Reading Time: 170-238 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
9 Reader Ratings:
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27 The Cheim Manuscript
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: 1969)

Words: 75011 - Reading Time: 214-300 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
4 Reader Ratings:
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28 The Cockeyed Corpse
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: 54760 - Reading Time: 156-219 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
9 Reader Ratings:
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29 The Meandering Corpse
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: 52881 - Reading Time: 151-211 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
2 Reader Ratings:
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30 The Scrambled Yeggs
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: 55326 - Reading Time: 158-221 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
6 Reader Ratings:
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31 The Shell Scott Sampler
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: 1997)

Words: 56045 - Reading Time: 160-224 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
9 Reader Ratings:
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32 The Sleeper Caper
by Richard Prather
  Richard S. Prather's creation, Shell Scott, was the second most popular private detective (after Spillane's Mike Hammer) of the 1950s. With over 40 million books sold. The Shell Scott stories were as powerful as a gut-wrenching Spillane story, but used more tongue-in-cheek humor. In The Sleeper Caper, Shell is sent to Mexico to find who is rigging the horse races. When the most honest jockey south of the border is drugged and literally bites the dust on the race track. Shell is not only out to c... more info>> (Published: 1953)

Words: 9693 - Reading Time: 27-38 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime/Suspense/Thriller
4 Reader Ratings:
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33 The Sure Thing
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: 1975)

Words: 92668 - Reading Time: 264-370 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
15 Reader Ratings:
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34 The Sweet Ride
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: 1972)

Words: 75425 - Reading Time: 215-301 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
10 Reader Ratings:
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35 The Trojan Hearse
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: 62084 - Reading Time: 177-248 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
11 Reader Ratings:
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36 The Wailing Frail
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: 59975 - Reading Time: 171-239 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
8 Reader Ratings:
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37 Three's a Shroud
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: 57017 - Reading Time: 162-228 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
4 Reader Ratings:
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38 Too Many Crooks
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: 1953)

Words: 57750 - Reading Time: 165-231 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
18 Reader Ratings:
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39 Way of the Wanton
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: 1980)

Words: 56335 - Reading Time: 160-225 min.
Category: Mystery/Crime
7 Reader Ratings:
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