Books by E.W. Hildick

THE CASE OF THE WIGGLING WIG by E.W. Hildick
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1996

This is the 25th book starring Jack McGurk (The Case of the Absent Author, 1995, etc.), private investigator and iron-fisted leader of the McGurk Organization, and the five neighborhood kids who are McGurk's eyes, ears, and gofers. This time the hero is housebound with a broken leg when a case conveniently presents itself right next door. Are the new renters FBI agents? Treasury investigators? Plenty of stakeout duty, close surveillance, meticulous notes, and diagrams (reproduced in black-and-white illustrations) lead the Organization to finger the tenants as thieves and to prevent a major robbery. What's fun is that it's possible to imagine ordinary kids doing everything the McGurk gang does, from booby-trapping a vacant lot to sending messages in semaphore code. Hildick's British idioms contrast oddly with the US locale, but fans of this kind of fast- moving formula fiction won't pause long enough to notice. (Fiction. 8-11) Read full book review >
THE CASE OF THE ABSENT AUTHOR by E.W. Hildick
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1995

In the 22nd McGurk mystery, the kids are on the trail when a reclusive crime writer disappears after putting them in his latest book. There are enough clues, secret codes, false leads, and complications to keep McGurk and his officers hopping, plus appearances by a reformed adversary, Lady Thumb (from The Case of the Four Flying Fingers, 1981), and a shady villain with eyes like the ``tips of a couple of tungsten drills.'' Hildick makes entertaining use of Edgar Allan Poe tales in unraveling this methodically plotted puzzler; suspense and motivation are minimal. (Fiction. 7-10) Read full book review >