Eric Wright is a professor and Canadian writer of mystery novels.
Wright was born on Kennington Park Road, in South London, England. He is the son of seamstress Caroline, and carter Joseph Wright. Wright was born to a large poor family of ten children. After growing up in Lambeth, he immigrated to Canada in 1951.
He attended the University of Manitoba where he completed his B.A.,and the University of Toronto where he received his M.A.. Until his retirement Wright taught English at Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto. Wright now continues to live in Toronto, Ontario with his wife and two daughters.
Wright's books have won numerous awards over the years. Four of his novels have been awarded the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel. Among them The Night the Gods Smiled, which also received the 1984 City of Toronto Book Award, and Britain's John Creasy Memorial Award for a best crime drama. Smoke Detector and Death in the Old Country are also books that have received the Arthur Ellis Award. In 1998, Wright received the Derrick Murdoch Award for lifetime contributions to Canadian crime writing. His novel The Kidnapping of Rosie Dawn went on to be nominated for the Edgar Award.