Books by Eric Wright

DEATH OF A HIRED MAN by Eric Wright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2001

"Like Buried in Stone (1996), a bare-boned plot with cozy overtones, animated by the tetchy Pickett-Charlotte relationship."
Wry, retired Toronto copper Mel Pickett, a widower, and his new wife Charlotte can't quite decide which house to give up—his, hers, or the cabin he built himself on some nondescript land on the Larch River. Read full book review >
THE LAST HAND by Eric Wright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Let's hope that Wright submits regular reports on how he fares in retirement."
Is it past time for Charlie Salter, the former head and sole member of the Toronto police Special Affairs Unit (Death By Degrees, 1993, etc.), to retire? Read full book review >
THE KIDNAPPING OF ROSIE DAWN by Eric Wright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Waggish comedy is the keynote as this inaugural entry in Wright's fourth series (Death on the Rocks, 1999, etc.) ambles agreeably toward its long-winded conclusion."
Even before she vanished from the Toronto apartment in which some sugar daddy set her up under the nameplate "BLUNCH," the exotic dancer/kept woman who called herself Rosie Dawn seems to have been living a pretty marginal existence, since the empty apartment shows no more signs of habitation than the average hotel room, and Rosie's cleaning woman Helena says that Rosie never even answered her telephone. Read full book review >
BURIED IN STONE by Eric Wright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 5, 1996

"The uncompelling plot is neatly solved by Pickett, who's already, in his first starring role, as sententious (about log cabins and the Canadian railways) and as little drawn to crime as Wright's long-running hero Charlie Salter (Death by Degrees, 1993, etc.)."
``Timmy didn't do it,'' says his sister Betty Cullen when she hears about the body they've found at the bottom of a gully outside Larch River, Ontario. Read full book review >
DEATH BY DEGREES by Eric Wright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"As a father-son study, however, there's much to recommend in Charlie's guilt over not liking his dad, and his sensitive son Seth's love and liking of both his father and grandfather."
Here, in an outing reminiscent of Final Cut (1991), Toronto Inspector Charlie Salter's personal life is more absorbing than his caseload—which now includes the murder of moderately unlikable Maurice Lyall, a teacher at Bathurst Community College, and the alibis of various of Lyall's colleagues on the Search Committee that had just nominated him for Dean of Related Studies. Read full book review >
A FINE ITALIAN HAND by Eric Wright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A bit more intricate a plot than usual, and a nifty one at that, enlivened by a bittersweet encounter with an old girlfriend while wife Annie is off on Prince Edward Island."
The ninth outing for personable Charlie Salter (Final Cut, A Sensitive Case, etc.) of the Toronto police finds him coping with the stabbing/garrotting slaying of actor Alec Hunter in a lakeside motel. Read full book review >
FINAL CUT by Eric Wright
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1991

"Amiable and pleasant though he may be, Charlie Salter desperately needs a case with some substance to it."
The ongoing adventures of Inspector Charlie Salter (A Sensitive Case, 1990, etc.) have achieved their popularity primarily because readers have always been as interested in his private life as in his investigations, but Wright may be counting a bit too much on Charlie's innate likability in this eighth adventure. Read full book review >