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Richard S Prather


(Richard Scott Prather)
USA flag (1921 - 2007)

aka David Knight, Douglas Ring

Richard Scott Prather (born September 9, 1921, died February 14, 2007[1]) was an American mystery novelist, best known for creating the "Shell Scott" series. He additionally wrote under the pseudonyms David Knight and Douglas Ring.

Genres: Mystery
 
Series
Shell Scott
   1. The 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. Always Leave 'em Dying (1953)
   9. Pattern for Panic (1954)
   10. Over Her Dear Body (1959)
   11. Ride a High Horse (1953)
     aka Too Many Crooks
   12. Strip for Murder (1955)
   13. The Wailing Frail (1956)
   14. The Deadly Darling (1957)
   15. Have Gat - Will Travel (1957)
   16. Three's a Shroud (1957)
   17. Slab Happy (1958)
   18. Take a Murder, Darling (1958)
   19. Double in Trouble (1959) (with Stephen Marlowe (Milton Lesser))
   20. Dance with the Dead (1960)
   21. Dig That Crazy Grave (1961)
   22. Shell Scott's Seven Slaughters (1961)
   23. Kill the Clown (1962)
   24. Joker in the Deck (1964)
   25. The Cockeyed Corpse (1964)
   26. Dead Heat (1963)
   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 (1969)
   37. Dead-Bang (1971)
   38. The Sweet Ride (1972)
   39. The Sure Thing (1975)
   40. The Amber Effect (1986)
   41. Shellshock (1987)
   42. The Death Gods (2011)
   Pattern for Murder (1952) (as by David Knight)
     aka The Scrambled Yeggs
   Crime of Passion (2018)
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Novels
   Lie Down, Killer (1952)
   The Peddler (1952) (as by Douglas Ring)
   Dragnet: Case No. 561 (1956) (as by David Knight)
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Omnibus
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Collections
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Novellas
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Anthologies edited
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Richard S Prather recommends
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The Thrill Kids (1955)
Vin Packer (M E Kerr)
"A real shocker!"
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So Nude, So Dead (1956)
Richard Marsten (Evan Hunter)
"I defy any reader to put this novel down once he starts it."

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