The Last Hand

Charlie Salter, Staff Inspector with the Toronto police, is Eric Wright's best-known and most loved character. Over the years, Salter has made a name for himself with his cunning detective skills and his determination to get the job done.

However, Salter's days with the force appear to be numbered. He has recently turned sixty and is starting to realize that he isn't as young as he used to be. Tasks that used to be easy are now more difficult and he is convinced that his family is watching his every move. On top of that, there's Salter's career to consider. He hasn't handled a case in months and realizes that he has slowly become an office clerk. He may be down, but he's definitely not out.

A recent murder that has the police stumped is the perfect opportunity for Salter to prove that he is still up to the job. When a well-known and respected lawyer is stabbed to death in his home and the prime suspect, a hooker last seen near the apartment, disappears, the heat is on the police. They aren't having any luck and things get more tense when the victim's sister, a Member of Provisional Parliament and a potential candidate for Attorney General, becomes involved. That is when Lieutenant Marinelli of Homicide is only too happy to throw the case to Salter.

Knowing that the tenderloin district has already been thoroughly searched, Salter believes the hooker will be found much closer to the lawyer's home. The trail takes him into a large poker game organized by the city's top lawyers. Is this a smart move for someone on the verge of retirement? Will he find what he is looking for or only damage his legacy with the force?

The Last Hand combines suspense with the wry humor that marks Wright's stories and is an outstanding culmination to the series.


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The Last Hand
1Salter reached out to hold onto the dock as he got ready to step out of the boat; in his other hand he carried his weekend bag and two fishing rods. He waited until Seth, his son, was also holding onto the dock, then let go and slowly stood up straight. Stepping cleanly from the boat to the dock is nearly as important in disembarking from an aluminum dinghy as from a canoe. If you lean forward, you push the boat away with your back foot before you have completely stepped up onto the dock. All this Salter had properly in mind, but the dock had been rebuilt since the previous year


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  • Eric Wright

  • Eric Wright was born in England and emigrated to Canada in 1951. His first book in the series, The Night the Gods Smiled, won the John Creasey Award on Britain for Best First Novel. He has also won five Arthur Ellis Awards-two for short stories, two for novels, and one for Distinguished Achievement-as well as an Edgar Award for The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn. In addition to the Charlie Salter series, Wright has written other mysteries as well as some non-fiction. He lives in Toronto.





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