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Suitable for Framing [Hardcover]

Edna Buchanan
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Jan. 8 1996
The third in the Britt Montero series. Britt takes a young reporter under her wing, but Trish Ainsley proves to be a slick operator as well as a fast learner, keen to grab the headlines and glory. Then Trish ends up murdered and Britt finds herself in the middle of a red-hot story.

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From Publishers Weekly

Introduced in Contents Under Pressure, likable Miami News crime reporter Britt Montero here confronts a mystery that cuts close to the bone: why she's suddenly losing her journalistic edge. Chance puts her on the spot to see a young woman killed and her toddler injured in the most horrible of a recent string of carjackings. Since then, however, the scoops have been gravitating toward young Trish Tierney, Britt's protege and the News's newest reporter. Britt doggedly works her contacts in the Miami Police, especially Det. Bill Rakestraw, who is investigating the juvenile ring apparently responsible for the car thefts. She befriends Howie, a wary theft-ring member who just might turn state's evidence in return for a chance to go straight. Then, after a series of betrayals and more deaths, Britt herself is jailed for murder. Buchanan considers how the journalistic eye affects what it observes in this story that simmers with annoyance?with Britt's as she eats Trish's dust, and Buchanan's as she unveils the price society pays for throwing a protective screen around criminals who are technically juveniles but not children. Though it offers atmosphere and entertainment, this tale has neither the polish nor the punch of the second series entry, Miami, It's Murder. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club featured alternate; simultaneous audio release from Brilliance.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The award-winning Miami crime reporter returns with her third novel featuring fictional Miami crime reporter Britt Montero. Car theft is rampant in Miami, but one gang is especially notable. The leader drags drivers from their cars and shoots them in the leg: no reason, just mean. Assault turns to homicide when the gang, in midescape, kills a young mom. The story is assigned to Britt, of course, and she tracks down a frightened young man who apparently was a passenger in the getaway car but had no role in the killing or the shootings. While trying to help the young man come forward, Britt befriends a eager reporter, Trish Ainsley. The friendship turns to rivalry when Britt learns Trish has been co-opting her sources and lying to her. As Trish gains notoriety, Britt's complaints sound more and more like sour grapes. The situation becomes deadly when Britt and her potential witness in the car-theft killing are caught in a police cross fire that Trish may have arranged. When Trish is found dead, Britt looks good for the killing. It takes all her reportorial skills and the help of some friends to clear her name, nab the car thieves, and discover the truth behind Trish's lies. Busy, busy plot but Buchanan's streamlined prose and genuine affection for Miami's weirdness make it a quick and entertaining read. Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ace reporter keeps up a breakneck pace Feb. 3 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Constructed much like a police procedural, Suitable For Framing is the third outing for Britt Montero, ace crime reporter for the Miami Herald, oops, Miami News. As the book opens, Montero is pursuing the story of a trio of teenage car-jackers terrorizing the city by shooting drivers of late-model luxury cars gratuitously in the knee and dropping them by the side of the road. The cars then vanish.
That night it becomes more personal when Montero herself witnesses a car-jacking that goes wrong - resulting in the killing of a baby and the maiming of its mother. Persistent as a hound on the scent, Montero tracks down one of the carjackers and discovers he's a salvageable homeless kid with a crack-addicted mother. But under Florida law, all those present at a crime resulting in murder are guilty of murder.
Meanwhile Montero finds time to pause and help a rookie colleague - a would-be reporter stuck in the paper's library, go-getter Trish Tierney. With Montero's help Trish soon lands a general assignment job in the newsroom and quickly shows herself to be smart, grateful and a good cook to boot.
And crime doesn't stop just because Montero's hot on a trail. Body parts are found in a downtown demolition site, a child disappears, a sinkhole swallows traffic. And Montero misses a major story - the biggest political scandal in years - scooped by Trish.
Soon Trish is hogging more and more of Montero's limelight and the veteran reporter's suspicions sound like petty jealousy. As the story lines converge on a startling climax, Montero finds herself in danger of losing more than her job.
Buchanan keeps up a breakneck pace, as Montero exploits police sources, goes along on chases, tracks leads into Miami's seamiest neighborhoods and delivers plenty of steamy Miami atmosphere. A top-notch thriller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On the Edge May 15 2002
Format:Audio CD
This book was fantastic - you did NOT know what to expect! It really got you into the storyline- I didn't want to put the book down - really great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ace reporter keeps up a breakneck pace Feb. 3 2004
By Lynn Harnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Constructed much like a police procedural, Suitable For Framing is the third outing for Britt Montero, ace crime reporter for the Miami Herald, oops, Miami News. As the book opens, Montero is pursuing the story of a trio of teenage car-jackers terrorizing the city by shooting drivers of late-model luxury cars gratuitously in the knee and dropping them by the side of the road. The cars then vanish.
That night it becomes more personal when Montero herself witnesses a car-jacking that goes wrong - resulting in the killing of a baby and the maiming of its mother. Persistent as a hound on the scent, Montero tracks down one of the carjackers and discovers he's a salvageable homeless kid with a crack-addicted mother. But under Florida law, all those present at a crime resulting in murder are guilty of murder.
Meanwhile Montero finds time to pause and help a rookie colleague - a would-be reporter stuck in the paper's library, go-getter Trish Tierney. With Montero's help Trish soon lands a general assignment job in the newsroom and quickly shows herself to be smart, grateful and a good cook to boot.
And crime doesn't stop just because Montero's hot on a trail. Body parts are found in a downtown demolition site, a child disappears, a sinkhole swallows traffic. And Montero misses a major story - the biggest political scandal in years - scooped by Trish.
Soon Trish is hogging more and more of Montero's limelight and the veteran reporter's suspicions sound like petty jealousy. As the story lines converge on a startling climax, Montero finds herself in danger of losing more than her job.
Buchanan keeps up a breakneck pace, as Montero exploits police sources, goes along on chases, tracks leads into Miami's seamiest neighborhoods and delivers plenty of steamy Miami atmosphere. A top-notch thriller.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent work Aug. 8 2001
By MissKitty5077 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
I found this book to be better written than most of the similiar books on the market. Her story line progressed well, the multiple plots tied together excently and the crime was believable. I admire Buchanan's style.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart Stopping Drama July 28 2000
By Pamela Stone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Trish Tierney comes to Miami to be a star police reporter just like Britt Montero. She has to take a job in the library at the paper at first, and then she meets Britt and becomes very helpful to her. Britt takes notice of Trish and promises to help her become a reporter. After a few weeks Trish catches a break and becomes a general assignment reporter, not exactly what Trish wanted but at least it is a reporter job. Very soon things start to go haywire at the paper. It becomes as dangerous there as on the streets. Britt begins to wonder if Trish's stories are what they seem to be. Stories such as: a desperate woman on a ledge and missing infants. Are the victims being manipulated in some way? Britt decides to check things out on her own and that's when everything begins to come apart. She is accused of a murder and realizes that she could lose everything she has worked for. Britt knows she has to find the real murder on her own. Crime reporter Edna Buchanan is a masterful writer and never forgets that her reporter-heroine is her biggest story. This is a book to read if you like heart-stopping drama. Edna Buchanan has done it again. Pam Stone
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun! Feb. 27 2002
By Patricia Horton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
Edna Buchanan has captured the essence of Miami with her protagonist, reporter Brit Montero. This book was especially great fun. A brash young reporter tries to upstage Brit at the newspaper. She is quite successful. Brit is there with Lottie her friend and Kendall MacDonald. This is a great fun series by Edna Buchanan.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Edge May 15 2002
By "catigrey" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This book was fantastic - you did NOT know what to expect! It really got you into the storyline- I didn't want to put the book down - really great!
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