October 14, 2015

Eric Wright, Canadian Author of Crime Fiction, Dies

South London (England) born Eric Wright, whose Inspector Charlie Salter crime series set in Toronto is one of the most popular around, has died of kidney cancer. He was 86. Mr. Wright emigrated to Canada in 1951. He earned a B.A. from the University of Manitoba and an M.A. from the University of Toronto, where he settled, teaching at Ryerson Polytechnic University in the English Department, serving as Chair of the Department and as Dean of Arts. He also served a stint as President of the Crime Writers of Canada. Among his other fiction characters were Lucy Trimble and Mel Pickett. In 1998, he won the Derrick Murdoch award, given by the Crime Writers of Canada for excellence in crime writing over a lifetime of work.

More here from the CBC.

His wife, two daughters, a son-in-law, and granddaughter survive him.

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