Charlie Slater is sixty -- the age limit for active police work. Lately, he's been a glorified receptionist for the deputy chief. But then a Toronto lawyer is murdered, and the prime suspect is a prostitute in a pair of silver boots. The case doesn't ignite any interest until high-powered lawyer Calvin Gregson shows up, supposedly on Flora's behalf, insisting the police solve the case quietly. Deputy Mackenzie figures the assignment will keep Salter temporarily occupied, and puts him on the case with a young Scotsman new to the force and city. Salter is thrilled. As he searches, he meets the law profession's elite and, among others, the victim's sister, MPP Flora Lucas. But it's the lawyer's book group that brings Salter the clues he needs to solve the case -- and to discover why Gregson is so eager to wrap the case up quickly and quietly.
Eric Wright is best known for his Charlie Salter Mysteries. He was recently short-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize for his memoir Always Give a Penny to a Blind Man, for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel, and for an Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. In addition to winning four Arthur Ellis Awards (two for Best Novel, two for Best Short Story), he also received the John Creasy Award for the Best First Crime Novel published in England. Eric lives and writes in Toronto.