SENSITIVE CASE by Eric Wright

SENSITIVE CASE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Likable Toronto cop Charlie Salter (A Question of Murder, etc.), shorthanded in Special Affairs, has the almost-retired Sergeant Mel Pickett assigned to him--and to his investigation of massage-therapist/typist Linda Thomas. The suspects include: Linda's rather well-connected clients--a telly personality; a government official; and a college president who recently suffered a stroke--as well as the dead Linda's smarmy, lascivious building-janitor (though he and his domineering, testy wife seem to alibi each other). Despite the fact that Charlie's mind is only half on the murder (he's worried that his wife Annie is having an affair) and that Pickett's mind is only half on the murder as well (he's trying to sidestep a young girl's inquiries that may prove that he's her grandfather), the two placate both the telly star and the politician, discover that the college president was not visiting Linda, and, by canvassing Linda's neighbors, manage to waylay the culprit, who, mistakingly, assumed Linda was a femme fatale. Ho-hum murder plot, but the diversionary tactics--Charlie's marriage and Pickett's long-ago affair--are almost compensation enough. Still, Wright's plots are getting progressively skimpier.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1990
Publisher: Scribners