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Way of a Wanton
"As far as I'm concerned, Richard S. Prather was the King of the paperback P.I writers of the 60s. Shell Scott should be in the Top Ten of any readers list of favorite private eyes." --Robert J. Randisi For four decades, Richard S. Prather published over 40 works of detective fiction, most featuring his clever, cad-about-town hero, Shell Scott. Known for their arched humor, punchy dialogue, and sunny Southern California locale, the Shell Scott books represent one of the greatest private eye collections ever produced. WAY OF A WANTON A Shell Scott Mystery Shell Scott, he's a guy with a pistol in his pocket and murder on his mind. The crime world's public enemy number one, this Casanova is a sucker for a damsel in distress. When a pair of lovely legs saunters into his office, he can't help but take the job, even when the case is a killer. Sherry is lady luck in the flesh. Her figures, 36-22-35, are Shell's favorite numbers, and this time they may add up to murder. Two-to-one says this beautiful broad is involved in a shady deal, but Shell likes playing the odds. Somebody is trying kill the ladies' favorite private dick, but Shell still hasn't pulled that final card from his sleeve. Let it ride dealer, I've got lady luck on my side. Honored with the Life Achievement Award by the Private Eye Writers of America! "(Shell Scott is) as amusingly blithe a figure as the field has seen since the Saint." --Anthony Boucher