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Frame-Up [Kindle Edition]

Eric Christopherson , Brad Schoenfeld
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Will Pruett is a young magazine journalist with a father who sits on death row, claiming innocence. While his father’s execution date looms, capital punishment is under consideration for abolishment by the state government of New York. Will seeks to influence the debate and to speed the abolishment along by framing himself for a murder he had nothing to do with—demonstrating how a simple coincidence or two can cost an innocent man his neck.

With assistance from his publisher and a defense attorney, Will succeeds in getting himself arrested for the murder before realizing the actual murderer has arranged for him to take the fall for real . . .

NYPD Homicide detective Samantha “Sam” Ortiz conducts an investigation complicated by a city on edge due to racial tensions inflamed by the murder, by a district attorney anxious to capitalize on the case in time for his reelection, by a thirst for revenge within her own police department, and by the man she’d put behind bars who belatedly insists he’d incriminated himself on purpose.

Sam must not only determine whether Will is telling the truth but also follow unexpected investigative leads involving Nazi-stolen artwork missing since WW II and illicit high-tech genetic engineering. Will she crack the case? Or will there be a family reunion on death row?

2009 Book of the Year Award winner,

The coauthors are: Eric Christopherson, a former police officer and federal government consultant, and Brad Schoenfeld, a nationally renowned fitness expert with over 500,000 copies of his fitness books in print.

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This ebook contains bonus excerpts:

Chapter 1 of CRACK-UP by Eric Christopherson

Chapter 1 of THE PROPHET MOTIVE by Eric Christopherson

Chapter 1 of THE LIST by J.A. Konrath

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  • File Size: 555 KB
  • Print Length: 282 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00347AI9Y
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, Intelligent Mystery February 9, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Plot/Storyline: 4 3/4 Stars

This was not a "figure it out" mystery with clues dropped for the reader to ascertain what is going on. It was one-half police procedural and one-half thriller with a regular guy trying to figure out the clues.

The book has an outstanding opening sentence that automatically made me want to read further. However, the first scene suffered to provide it, as the author(s) had to backtrack to "fill-in". This backtracking was not very well done and caused a little confusion.

The story progressed at a pretty fast clip, taking me along for the ride at a fast trot. New twists kept the story interesting with no filler added. The book also managed to give an interesting view of capital punishment without ever becoming `preachy'.

I found the mystery to be well-planned and well-executed in the writing. However, my first thought when the nefarious person (or persons) were uncovered was, "Why go to all that trouble?" I didn't feel the author addressed that question in enough depth.

I'm still trying to decide if I liked the dual scenes at the end of the book. It certainly kept me enthralled, but I think that it could have been better told linearly. I kept trying to picture it as a movie with cut-scenes/flashbacks, and that almost worked.

Character Development: 5 Stars

Will was a very nicely developed character that any reader could empathize with somewhat. I do admit to wondering at times, "Do all young, black (or African American, if you prefer, but I'm old...LOL) degreed professionals really think in terms of so much slang?" However, I can't take off for that because I, of course, have no idea what goes on in the minds of others. Also, it was relatively believable and gave Will's character more depth.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is as it seems July 10, 2010
By BigAl
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Will, an overly-ambitious magazine writer, and his publisher concoct a scheme, frame the writer for a murder he didn't commit and hold back the evidence that will eventually exonerate him. Will objects to the death penalty, some of his reasons very personal. This should make his point to the public and maybe win him a Pulitzer Prize. Brilliant idea, right?

On its' face the premise seems farfetched, but as I came to understand Will and his motivations I bought into it. I've read that any fiction requires the reader to "suspend disbelief" at some point. I anticipated this would be tough. Turns out I was wrong.

But, as with any book of this type, things are not as they seem. Some characters have motivations that aren't as they first appear. When the plan starts falling apart those who seemed allies sometimes aren't. Your perceived enemies might really be your best friends. Those who should want the truth uncovered might not, those who don't, maybe do. Hopefully, in the end, Will can survive, but will the price be too high?
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, bad book June 1, 2012
By Jess
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I downloaded Frame Up for free for the Kindle from Amazon, and I can tell why it was free. The idea is excellent, and in reading the description alone I thought I would really like it. The story itself is very weak and all over the place. The book is about an African American journalist whose editor has a great idea for a story. He should frame himself for murder, and expose how the system really works when convicting a black man, if it's done by facts or because of racism. The story is very slow going, and chapters switch between the main character Will, and the detective leading the investigation, Sam. Again, this idea is very clever, but I'm not liking how it was put together. The investigation was all over the place, having many suspects and variables, and just when you get a handle on a suspect they are investigating, the book switches back to Will's point of view. By the time you get back to Sam's point of view, you have completely forgotten what they did, who was investigated, and why they weren't the ones. Also, adding in a few more murders really muddies the concept. I have not finished this book yet, but now, towards the end of the book, it's starting to make a little more sense, but the answers came from way left field.
Also, it's very wordy, and shows the intelligence of the authors, but there were many words I have never heard of, and I am an avid reader. I had to constantly use the Kindle dictionary to look up the meaning of several words, so a note to the authors: you don't have to use big words to make the book better than it actually is. I wouldn't not recommend this book, but I wouldn't highly recommend it either. This would be a long-winter- snowy-day-without-anything-else-to-do-book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Author does it again April 11, 2010
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After reading Eric Christopherson's marvelous thriller "Crack-Up," I was highly skeptical that the author could repeat such a success. I was wrong, very wrong. "Frame-Up," by Mr. Christopherson and co-author Brad Schoenfeld, is every bit the equal of "Crack-Up" for ratcheting up the tension as the reader wonders if Will Pruett will really be executed for a murder he framed himself on.

Even after will realizes that he's been suckered into framing himself for the murder of a cop, it's no certainty that he can escape the death penalty. His only hope lies in convincing police detectives Ortiz and Dyrstad of his innocence, not an easy job, especially with the Manhattan DA pushing for quick justice to help his struggling campaign for re-election. Fortunately for Will, the two detectives are determined to find the truth, despite having to sift through the red herrings in their way.

There are some memorable characters in "Frame-Up." Will Pruett is cool as a cucumber as he goes through the arrest process, but he never bargained on the dangers waiting for him at the jail on Rykers Island. Samantha Ortiz is a spicy enchilada of a detective who's going to prosecute Pruett all the way to the death chamber, and it appears that she's succeeding.

If you're into nonstop action thrillers, "Frame-Up" is for you .
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Good story but the policewoman's one liners made her look like a bad. I don't think that was the intent of the authors.
Published 17 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dat Book
This book was a very thrilling one for me. And with the language used it actually made me feel like it actually happend. THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS.
Published 11 months ago by Conor O'Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars This was great
I love a great detective story but this one takes the cake.
So many twists and turns I could not come up with the
question, 'why?' myself. Great character development.
Published 16 months ago by starlyt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I just finished this one and have started reading Cached Out. I became aware of this author on the forums.
Published 18 months ago by M. McCracken
5.0 out of 5 stars Took a chance and loved it
I took a chance on this book and Im so glad I did. I really liked it. It was a really easy story to follow. I highly recommend it.
Published 20 months ago by BeccaK
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy story
I can't believe someone would agree to framing themselves for murder! Even though I kind of figured out early on a little bit about what was going on, it was still interesting to... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Andrea Fielder
4.0 out of 5 stars Frame-Up - A good read.
This book actually turned out to be a better read than I first thought it would be. I found the first few chapters somewhat draggy and a little confusing, but it soon took off and... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Great story and an interesting read. You will like it should you desire to rent of purchase it. Go for it
Published 23 months ago by NA
5.0 out of 5 stars Frame-Up (A must read)
This story was awesome Will truly went through a lot had me scared for dude life! But the way both authors describe this plot throughout this book was great. Read more
Published 23 months ago by henry
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
I enjoyed this book a lot - it is fast-paced, well-written and has sympathetic characters. I did figure things out early on, but I think for the most part there were fun twists and... Read more
Published 23 months ago by doodlegirl
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Eric Christopherson has more than 150,000 copies of his books in circulation worldwide.

He is a former police officer and federal government consultant.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, he also has a graduate degree from Duke University.

He was born in California, grew up in New England, and has since lived throughout the United States and a bit in Asia. He now lives in semi-rural Ohio with his wife, Seiko, a toddler son, Keith, and an infant daughter, Annabel.

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