Bodies in Bedlam

Bodies in Bedlam

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by Richard Prather
     
 

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Shell Scott was up to his neck in guns, girls and gore. Constanza Carmocha was unarmed--that is, she didn't have a gun. She didn't need one, either. She had all the weapons that have ruined men from time immemorial--or time immoral. One man had had his throat slit because of her, another was going to die. She was surrounded by a guy who resembled a shaved ape and

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Shell Scott was up to his neck in guns, girls and gore. Constanza Carmocha was unarmed--that is, she didn't have a gun. She didn't need one, either. She had all the weapons that have ruined men from time immemorial--or time immoral. One man had had his throat slit because of her, another was going to die. She was surrounded by a guy who resembled a shaved ape and looked as though he could pick himself up with one hand. But the hand isn't always quicker than the private eye, and as sure as my name's Shell Scott, I'll get to the bottom of this affair with the deadly dame.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940043322791
Publisher:
Wonder Audiobooks, LLC
Publication date:
05/10/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
939,625
File size:
221 KB

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Bodies in Bedlam 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Shell Scott I've read. I didn't know what to expect. All I knew about Richard Prather was that his work at one time was wildly popular.

I enjoyed some of the elements in this early 1950s book that are no longer common in today's world: someone in Scott's office building running a PBX, Scott's early 1940s yellow Cadillac convertible, and starlets that can actually be blackmailed with nude photos.

There are also some well-written patches of dialogue that are a joy to read, but unfortunately these are separated by dry stretches of boring plotting. (There are several times that Scott interviews people where absolutely NOTHING is learned, and the story is not advanced one iota. It's like watching someone run in place.)

Still, there are some entertaining scenes that may be worth reading the whole book to find. I'm hoping that E-Reads will release more classic genre fiction in the Rocket eBook format.