Case of the Vanishing Beauty

Case of the Vanishing BeautyOne Beauty Vanished From Sight Another Dead In A Hail Of Bullets Would The Lovely Lina Be Next Even Here In The Drizzly Rain Outside The El Cuchillo, She Was Hotter Than A Welder S Torch Here S Your Chance To Meet Shell Scott, The Sharpest Private Eye You Ve Ever Known The Darling Of All Dames, The Envy Of All Guys. First published in 1950, this short novel introduced Shell Scott, a private investigator in the old, classic pulp mold He s a man s man who is also, naturally, irresistible to women the kind of a guy who eats a two inch thick steak for breakfast, who keeps a bottle of whiskey in the office desk drawer, who s quick on his feet and who s a tough guy to fight against.The book opens when a naturally beautiful woman named Georgia Martin appears in Scott s office and hires him to accompany her to a night club She won t say why she wants Scott to escort her, but he learns pretty quickly that Georgia is looking for her younger sister, Tracy, who is missing The floor show at the club involves a knife throwing act The target is a very sexy Latin woman who is naturally immediately attracted to our intrepid hero There are also some gangsters lurking about and the woman who runs the place is an interesting piece of work.Things happen, as they must in a book like this, and soon the game is on The whole thing is pretty preposterous, but a fair amount of fun just the same The book reflects the attitudes of the post World War II era, and so if you re uncomfortable wit
Private detective Shell Scott is hired by a lady named Georgia Martin to help her locate her missing sister But shortly after his investigation begins, Georgia is shot and killed, her last words being, I killed Narda The case rapidly changes from a missing persons case to a mystery over who or what is Narda His investigation takes him to a Spanish nightclub, a knife throwing act, an illegal drug scheme, and into the inner sanctum of a religious cult.This is the first book in the Shell Scott series, but it doesn t read like that I ve not read any others in the series but I suspect that they can be read in any order Notably, this series was among the most commercially successful private eye series in the 1950s but has been largely written off these days as adolescent or even hackwork That s too bad because if this novel is an accurate example, they are a hoot.Shell Scott is a hard working, tough talking no nonsense sort of PI, working the mean streets of LA But unlike a lot of similar classic pulp characters in the 1950s 60s, he actually seems to enjoy himself His life is not filled with angst Instead of drowning his sorrows in bourbon, he looks forward to the next fun thing, whether it be a case, or a babe, or teasing his best friend, an honest LA cop who is the prime beneficiary of Shell s success.The writing is fun, and fairly typical of the genre at the tim
Shell Scott is a tough talking private eye that looks like a busted up hunk of meat and yet the ladies can t resist him In other words, he is a discount Mike Hammer that is a little sane than his unhinged counterpart He even has a cop buddy just like Hammer With a crazy cast of charac
This was is marked as the first of the Shell Scoot series and starts off with what would become a common bad guy, especially with a California setting, the religious cult This book should be compared to the others in that the others followed after this one.Prather again does a terrific job creating characters and wonderful job wi
Tracy Martin disappeared Her sister Georgia hired Private eye Shell Scott to find Tracy Georgia is murdered Scott is the next target Somewhere there s a connection between a Spanish nightclub in Los Angeles and a religious cult Fast paced action and a complicated mystery makes this book a good read. Great hardboiled detective yarn that established Shell Scott as the west coast Mike Hammer Recommended by anyone who loves the GM PBOs from the 50s and 60s I loved it. Prather s first novel is a self conscious engagement with the Private Detective genre He is constantly winking at the audience, asking them What would you do often in defense of him kissing a woman , and acting like a caricature of the hardboiled detectives of the 1930s immortalized by Hammet
The first published Shell Scott novel.Georgia Martin hires Shell to be her escort and help look for her missing sister, Tracy Then she s hit later that evening by a hail of bullets Her dying words are, I killedNarda Narda, a leader of a small religious cult, turns up alive though, an
Read this because Lawrence Block recommended it Was not disappointed in the least Am now looking forward to the rest of the series Yes, Shell Scott is, in many ways, a stereotypical private investigator What makes the book a joy is the writing crisp, clean, and rollicking along. Cliched but enjoyable 50s hard boiled novel, complete with LA phony religious cults Features one of my favorite lines from a crime novel She was plastered than an LA duplex Fun trash I ll check out the rest.