FRAME-UP by Eric Christopherson | Script Revolution


A homicide detective investigates a white cop's murder, her lead suspect, a black journalist who claims to have framed himself for the murder to expose the racist elements of the U.S. death penalty system.



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A novel by Eric Christopherson and Brad Schoenfeld

FRAME-UP is a two-hander in which one of the point-of-view characters is a homicide detective. The other is a murder suspect. The story is set in New York City.

NYPD Homicide detective Samantha “Sam” Ortiz is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic and a single parent. She investigates the homicide of a white cop in a city on edge, its racial tensions inflamed. Yet a suspect soon falls into her lap, and she arrests Will Pruett, a young, black magazine journalist.

He astonishes her by claiming that, in concert with his publisher, he’d incriminated himself on purpose to demonstrate how easily racism and a coincidence or two can cost an innocent man his neck.

Will soon realizes, however, that the real murderer has framed him for real.

Thus, Sam must solve an elaborate mystery under fraught circumstances where race, law enforcement, and politics intersect, while Will must extricate himself from a nightmare, partly of his own making.

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"Consider" from Thomas Pemberton of Mind's Eye Entertainment via Stage 32
"Consider" from Nelson Cole of Energy Entertainment via Stage 32

Submitted: March 31, 2021
Last Updated: April 21, 2021

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The Writer: Eric Christopherson

Eric Christopherson has more than 150,000 copies of his novels in circulation worldwide. His scripts have advanced several times in the Austin Film Festival screenwriting contest and in Zoetrope's annual screenwriting contest. He focuses on thrillers but will write in any genre with an intriguing concept. 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, and their little ones, Keith and Annabel. Go to bio

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