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Eric Wright is an author who has developed into one of Canadas greatest mystery writers Wright portrays Charlie Salter the detective in his series of novels as a heroic character As defined in the dictionary a hero is A man of distinguished valor or enterprise in danger or fortitude in suffering a prominent or central personage in any remarkable action or event hence a great or illustrious person Websters Revised Unabridged Dictionary In many of our novels today heroes are characterized by their romantic appeal physical strengthand by valor in battle Therefore by examining Charlie Salter in these three areas romance physical strength and valor in battle it will become evident that he is a classic modern day novel hero Although Salter may not be described as the sexiest man alive nor is he even in his prime he does have some unique charms which make him seem handsome and appealing to many women In the following paragraphs it will become obvious how Wright uses these qualities to characterize Salter as being a romantic type of hero To begin Salters wife would frequently become paranoid that she was going to lose him to other females in the stories Near the beginning of A Question of Murder Charlie and his wife are laying in bed in the morning Just as Charlie is going to head off into the bathroom to get ready for work Mrs Salter shoots him one of her usual comments You know all the women in my church group think you are very handsome and that you must make an excellent husband I hope youre not seeing that tramp of a witness again today from what you tell me I think she really likes you A Question of Murder pg 38 After hearing these flattering things from his wife Salter reassured his her that he would never cheat on her and that she was the only woman in
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