Strip for Murder (Shell Scott #12)
Suspiciously dangerous accidents were happening, and people were dying, including the private eye I had been sent to replace. I didn't like it. But hey, that's what I'm hired to do, I'm used to murder and mayhem. The real problem came when I had to go undercover... UNCOVERED in a nudist camp... or as they liked to call themselves "naturalist". Now, don't get me wrong, I ha...more
Strip for Murder is apparently one of a series of stories featuring the character Shell Scott "a guy with a pistol in his pocket and murder on his mind" from the back cover. The inter ...more
The story is pretty linear and bad guys established early. It's the settings that are the stars in this book. The nudist colony is oddly written in the acceptance of Scott as an educational component of the facility and the immediate implementation of him is amongst the farfetched elements in this tale. There are fire ...more
Richard S. Prather imagines a world where the criminal underclass is identifiable by their nicknames and their Dick Tracy-like villainous physical identifiers. They speak in hood-speak, a linguistic code known to few outside of criminals, tipsters and our hero, Shell Scott.
Shell Scott has a wea ...more
Just finished rereading an old favorite murder mystery "strip for murder." It ended exactly the same way as it did the first time. Second time around is just not as good. I read this book about 50 years ago and really liked Richard Prathers books with the PI Shell Scott. Would have given it a big 5 stars then, but only rates about a 3 now.
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 ...more