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Eric Wright (1929-2015) was an English-Canadian author of mystery novels. He is the author of the Charlie Salter and Joe Barley series. Wright was born in London, England, where he grew up. He moved to Canada in 1951. Wright earned his B.A. in 1957 from the University of Manitoba and his M.A. in 1963 from the University of Toronto. He taught English at Ryerson University from 1958-1989. During his career as a novelist, he was awarded the Arthur Ellis Award, City of Toronto Book Award, the John Creasey Award and the Crime Writers of Canada Grand Master Award.

Eric Wright began his career as a novelist in 1983 with the novel The Night the Gods Smiled. His final novel was a standalone title entitled The Land Mine, published in 2015. Below is a list of Eric Wright’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Charlie Salter Books


The Night the Gods Smiled(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Smoke Detector(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in the Old Country(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Single Death(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Body Surrounded by Water(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Question of Murder(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Sensitive Case(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Final Cut(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Fine Italian Hand(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death by Degrees(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Mel Pickett Books


Buried in Stone(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Hired Man(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Lucy Trimble Brenner Books


Death of a Sunday Writer(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death on the Rocks(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Joe Barley Books


The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hemingway Caper(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Likely Story(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Moodie's Tale(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Finding Home(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Land Mine(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas


The Adventures of Buford T. Johnson(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


A Killing Climate(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


Always Give a Penny to a Blind Man(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: A Single Death was also published as The Man Who Changed His Name.

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Eric Wright Synopsis: The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn is the first book in the Joe Barley series by Eric Wright. Joe Barley, a part-time lecturer in English Literature and part-time security guard, is alerted by his maid to the disappearance of another of her employers, Rosie Dawn, a student of classics who is working her way through school by being an exotic dancer and the mistress of a fast-food entrepreneur. The novel also deals with campus politics – a student tries to exploit the nervous administration over its minority policies.


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