Shell Scott

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Shell Scott was the best-known creation of fiction writer Richard S. Prather. A Southern California private eye, 6-foot-2 ex-marine, he was featured in three dozen novels published over a span of nearly 40 years. The character remained 30 years old throughout.

Shell Scott novels[edit]

  • Case of the Vanishing Beauty — 1950
  • Bodies in Bedlam — 1951
  • Everybody Had a Gun — 1951
  • Find This Woman — 1951
  • Dagger of Flesh — 1952
  • Darling, It's Death — 1952
  • Pattern for Murder a.k.a. The Scrambled Yeggs (as David Knight) — 1952
  • Way of a Wanton — 1952
  • Always Leave 'em Dying — 1954
  • Pattern for Panic — published in 1954 with lead character named Cliff Morgan, re-written in 1961 with character's name changed to Shell Scott
  • Ride a High Horse a.k.a. Too Many Crooks —1956
  • Strip for Murder — 1956
  • The Wailing Frail — 1956
  • The Deadly Darling — 1957
  • Have Gat - Will Travel (short stories) — 1957
  • Three's a Shroud (novelettes) — 1957
  • Slab Happy — 1958
  • Take a Murder, Darling — 1958
  • Over Her Dear Body, 1959. Shell takes a dive off a yacht to find who killed a real estate agent. He's almost drowned, shot, stabbed, and car-bombed before he finds the trail to a billion dollar freeway scam.
  • Double in Trouble (co-written with Stephen Marlowe and featuring his character Chester Drum working with Shell Scott) — 1959
  • Dance with the Dead — 1960
  • Dig That Crazy Grave — 1961
  • Shell Scott's Seven Slaughters (short stories) — 1961
  • Kill the Clown — 1962
  • Dead Heat — 1963
  • The Cockeyed Corpse — 1964
  • Joker in the Deck — 1964
  • The Trojan Hearse — 1964
  • Dead Man's Walk — 1965
  • Kill Him Twice — 1965
  • The Meandering Corpse — 1965
  • The Kubla Khan Caper — 1966
  • Gat Heat — 1967
  • The Cheim Manuscript — 1969
  • Kill Me Tomorrow — 1969
  • The Shell Scott Sampler (short stories) — 1969
  • Dead-Bang — 1971
  • The Sweet Ride — 1972
  • The Sure Thing — 1975
  • The Amber Effect — 1986
  • Shellshock — 1987

Shell Scott Mystery Magazine[edit]

The Shell Scott Mystery Magazine was published under the imprint of the LeMarge Publishing Corporation, the name based on publisher Leo Margulies' name. It lasted 9 issues in 1966.

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