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Eric Wright.

Toronto, Crime Club, c1984.
186pp, cloth, $16.95.
ISBN 0-00-222643-X.

Grades 10 and up.

Reviewed by Ted Monkhouse.

Volume 12 Number 6
1984 November

Toronto author Eric Wright's second Inspector Salter novel will, it is hoped, become part of a series. It is already part of the appealing tradition of "average Joe" detectives that many have come to love in the movies, on television, and in easy-reading crime fiction. Against aback-ground of job prospects that are none too bright, a son whom he cannot seem to reach, and a wife determined not to be a traditional homemaker, Salter takes us through his daily routines in both his personal and his professional lives. This arson-murder, with a shady second-hand dealer as victim and a proper, spicy sprinkling of interesting, very human characters, resolves itself satisfactorily. Readers who are familiar with Toronto will recognize the locales, and crime buffs will find numerous dead-ends in their quest to guess the murderer. It is an eminently gratifying, rainy-day read from Collins' Crime Club.

Smoke Detector is a welcome addition to the genre; readers and book selectors will not go wrong in choosing it. There is nothing offensive for the younger reader, despite a mistress and a couple of homosexual characters. It can be recommended as both recreational reading or as an example of its genre for the literature classroom.

Ted Monkhouse, Wellington County Board of Education, Guelph, ON.
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