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Strip for Murder (Shell Scott #12)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  64 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews

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

Paperback, 161 pages
Published 1999 by (first published October 1st 1956)
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Aug 23, 2009 Garrypost added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like murder mysteries and detective stories
My friend Al Raman in Philadelphia recommended this book to me. So I bought it and read it. We are both getting ready to read Inherent Vice, the latest Thomas Pynchon novel and as it is a detective novel (and set in LA) we started chatting about detective novels we liked and he liked this author, Richard S. Prather.

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
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Oct 16, 2016 Rob Smith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
This is the most preposterous Shell Scott novel I've read. From nudist colony to gas air balloons to a lossey goosey plot, Prather seems to have thrown this together for a deadline.

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
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Jun 26, 2015 Gentleman Farmer rated it really liked it
Strip for Murder features Shell Scott, private detective. I like the Shell Scott books. They tend to be a lot of fun, pretty campy and over the top and a bit of a send-up of the hardboiled detective novel.

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
Mar 28, 2014 sarg rated it liked it
One of the funniest PI mysteries ive read.
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.
Mar 26, 2013 Eric rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, 2008
In Richard Prather's world, all men are eggs and all women are tomatoes. And Shell Scott, a private eye with a distinctive Race Bannon countenance, was the most hardboiled egg of them all.
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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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