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Kill the Clown (Shell Scott #24)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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 ...more
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Published February 18th 2002 by (first published January 1st 1962)
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Shell Scott is a magnet for trouble with an eye for the ladies, so when a beautiful woman named Doris walks into his office, he takes her case in a heartbeat. Her brother Ross is on death row in San Quentin—his execution only three days away—for the murder of his boss, a crime he swears he didn’t commit. One of the key witnesses that put Ross away told Doris he was pressured into a false confession. Signs point to local hoodlum Frank Quinn, a man loosely tied to several high-profile murders and ...more
Eligah Boykin jr.

I love this book for its simplicity. It's funny as hell and a child can understand what's at stake. It's a great read for beginning writers.

It is, to my mind, the very epitome of the Scott Meredith principle:

"A sympathetic lead character finds himself in trouble of some kind and makes active efforts to get himself out of it. Each effort, however, merely gets him deeper into his trouble, and each new obstacle in his path is larger than the last. Finally, when things look blackest and it seems c
May 15, 2014 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shell Scott is, in my opinion, one of the greatest characters in pulp fiction. He is a 6" 2' man with shocking white hair and eyebrows. Kill the Clown is a great example of the genius of Richard Prather. The book starts off fast and never lets up by introducing great characters and hysterical situations faster than a runaway train. Scott is hired to prove the innocence of a beautiful woman's brother, who is wrongly accused of murder and awaiting an appointment with death in just 3 days. This Sco ...more
May 05, 2014 Bill rated it it was amazing
Take an innocent man, framed, and sentenced to be sent to the gas chamber in days; his frightened ‘sister’ desperately hiring a detective to save him – add a romancing detective in lust with almost every woman he meets; a kingpin criminal who framed the man and his many brain challenged crooks along with a few crooked politicians and high rollers, and you have the makings of one sometimes hilarious, always super suspenseful, roller coaster of a hard boiled detective tale.

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Richard Scott Prather was an American mystery novelist, best known for creating the "Shell Scott" series. He also wrote under the pseudonyms David Knight and Douglas Ring.

Prather was born in Santa Ana, California. He served in the United States Merchant Marine during World War II. In 1945 year he married Tina Hager and began working as a civilian chief clerk of surplus property at March Air Force
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