I like Elizabeth Lowell’s romantic thrillers. I’m reading her most recent one, Innocent as Sin, about an adventurous, romantic hunt for a cold-blooded arms merchant. Early on, at a meeting between an information broker and a 60 Minutes style news group negotiating the handover of information about the bad guy, the information broker offers some photos to prove his case. As it happens, we, the readers, already know that the photos are what they purport to be. At page 18, this bit of dialog ensues:
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“Pictures are easy to fake,” Carson said. “Remember the CBS National Guard memos.”
Steele laughed out loud. “Those were badly done counterfeits. No intelligence agency would have bought them and no self-respecting journalist should have.”
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