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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)
   Pattern for Murder (1952) (as by David Knight)
     aka The Scrambled Yeggs
   7. Way of a Wanton (1952)
   8. Always Leave 'em Dying (1953)
   9. Pattern for Panic (1954)
   10. Over Her Dear Body (1959)
   11. Too Many Crooks (1953)
     aka Ride a High Horse
   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)
   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)
   Crime of Passion (2018)
   Butcher (2022)
   Code 197 (2022)
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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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Collections
   Noir Masters Triple Threat Treasury (2012) (with others)
   Squeeze Play (2012)
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Novellas and Short Stories
   The Sleeper Caper (2009)
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Anthologies edited
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Omnibus editions
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Series contributed to
Black Cat Weekly
   61. Black Cat Weekly #61 (2022) (with others)
   62. Black Cat Weekly #62 (2022) (with others)
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Richard S Prather recommends
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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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The Thrill Kids (1955)
Vin Packer (M E Kerr)
"A real shocker!"

Anthologies containing stories by Richard S Prather
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A Century of Noir (2002)
Thirty-Two Classic Crime Stories
edited by
Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane
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An Eye for Justice (1988)
The Third Private Eye Writers of America Anthology
edited by
Robert J Randisi

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