The Death Gods (A Shell Scott Mystery)

The Death Gods (A Shell Scott Mystery)

by Richard S. Prather
     
 

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The Death Gods

Happy-go-lucky, Los Angeles Private Eye, Shell Scott, bulldozes his way thru thugs, often with light-hearted humor, and with a beauty or two along the way, in this final novel of the long-running Shell Scott Series by Richard S. Prather.

Shell Scott, is hired to locate a lost dog belonging to a local physician, Henry Hernandez, M.D. But

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The Death Gods

Happy-go-lucky, Los Angeles Private Eye, Shell Scott, bulldozes his way thru thugs, often with light-hearted humor, and with a beauty or two along the way, in this final novel of the long-running Shell Scott Series by Richard S. Prather.

Shell Scott, is hired to locate a lost dog belonging to a local physician, Henry Hernandez, M.D. But Scott soon discovers the needs of Dr. Hernandez go far beyond his missing dog. There has been an attempt on the doctor’s life and Dr. Hernandez believes it is due to his knowing too much about a deadly virus that appears to be taking hold in the country. Dr. Hernandez is convinced the virus is a scam, contrived by a well-known medical researcher and his wealthy business partner.

Can Scott convince a beautiful female medical author that the medical researcher she admires may not be all he claims to be? And what about Scott’s client, Dr. Henry Hernandez: is he a nut-case, a quack, as some claim? Shell Scott finds he is in the battle of his life and chances are he may not come out alive.

Scott finds himself in deep and getting deeper by the hour in this battle of good against evil, medical “quackery” against allopathic medicine, and life against death.

More than 40 million copies of Richard S. Prather's hard-boiled Shell Scott mysteries have been sold in the U.S., with millions more world-wide since Shell Scott first appeared in 1950. Richard S. Prather (1921-2007) received the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940032869672
Publisher:
Richard S. Prather
Publication date:
10/14/2011
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
574,667
File size:
523 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Richard S. Prather had a long and successful writing career and it was in 1950 that Richard's first Shell Scott mystery novel, The Case of the Vanishing Beauty, was published by Fawcett's Gold Medal Paperback Originals. His successful and best-selling Shell Scott series of thirty-six novels plus four short story collections, published between 1950 and 1987, have sold over 40 million copies in the United States and have enjoyed foreign language publication, selling millions more world-wide. In addition to the Shell Scott mysteries, Richard penned three novels under pseudonyms. He wrote the first Dragnet novel based on the television show, Dragnet, titled, "Dragnet: Case No. 561," published under the name, David Knight; used that same pseudonym for the initial publication of Pattern for Murder, later republished by Gold Medal Books as "The Scrambled Yeggs" by Richard S. Prather; and used the pen name Douglas Ring for "The Peddler," which was later republished under his own name by Gold Medal. He also published a number of short stories; and lent his name to the "Shell Scott Mystery Magazine."

Richard Scott Prather was born in Santa Ana, California on September 9, 1921. He served in the United States Merchant Marine during World War II, from 1942 until the end of the war in 1945. Richard married Tina Hager in 1945. He then worked as a civilian chief clerk of surplus property at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California until leaving that career to become a full time writer in 1949. Tina, his wife of 58 years, passed away in April of 2004. Richard passed away February 14, 2007.

Richard S. Prather's last book published before his death, "Shellshock," came out in hardcover in 1987 by Tor. He received the Private Eye Writers of America Lifetime Achievement Award in 1986, and was twice on the Board of Directors of the Mystery Writers of America. His Shell Scott mysteries are still available as POD paperbacks and e-books, and a number of his novels are at booksinmotion.com as unabridged audio books. The non-Shell Scoot novel, "The Peddler," is now back in print, published by Hard Case Crime, November 2006.

"The Death Gods," unpublished at Prather’s death, was the ultimate conclusion to a best-selling writing career, and Prather was able to use his character, Shell Scott, to fulfill some of his personal passion about alternative vs. allopathic medicine. The 1,000 page handwritten manuscript was given to author, Linda Pendleton, wife of Don Pendleton, with hopes of readying it for publication. Prather’s fans have patiently awaited the arrival of "The Death Gods," the final Shell Scott novel, and Linda Pendleton/Pendleton Artists, is pleased to present it.

Prather’s mystery writing and classic Private Eye, Shell Scott character remain an inspiration to fans, both old and new, and to aspiring and established writers.

Linda Pendleton published "The Exclusive Richard S. Prather Interview" in December 2006, which became Prather's final interview.

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