Frank became a police officer in 1993. During his career, he has served as a patrol officer, corporal, detective (his favorite job), sergeant, lieutenant and is currently a captain. He has written and taught courses in Report Writing and Sexual Assault Investigation at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. He has also written several college courses in police subject matter. He co-wrote "A Street Officer's Guide to Report Writing" with Doug Strosahl, due out in 2012.
Many of Frank’s stories are written under the pen name Frank Zafiro and take place in the fictional setting of River City, a mid-sized city in Eastern Washington, with recurring characters. In addition to several River City novels, over fifty of his short stories have been published in many different anthologies, as well as print and online magazines. These short stories are collected in three volumes ("Dead Even", "No Good Deed", "The Cleaner")
His story “Good Shepherd” was a finalist for the 2006 Derringer Award. In 2007, his story “The Worst Door” was a finalist for this same award. Most recently, his story “Dead Even” was a finalist for the 2009 Derringer Award.
In addition to writing, Frank is an avid hockey player and a tortured guitarist. His wife, Kristi, is about the only person who will watch him do either activity.
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The Hardest Hit
11-year-old Sam Parker is a hockey player who gets more than he bargained for in his first year in which body checking is allowed. His parents are getting divorced. He takes a massive check from the school bully. No one seems to understand what he is going through, not even his best friend, Jill. Sam faces these challenges on and off the ice and learns how to get back up when life knocks you down.
All That Counts
A novel about life and one man's discovery about what is truly important in it. Graham Wilson is a thirty-something recreational hockey player who decides to challenge himself in the midst of a mundane life by becoming a goaltender. Humor, inspiration, camaraderie, love and spite are all part of his transition, both on and off the ice as Graham struggles to learn what truly is "all that counts."
At Their Own Game
Jake Stankovic has been flying below the radar for years, but times are tough, so he decides to step up to the big money with a drug deal. Everything that can go wrong, does. The deal goes bad, a vengeful detective sets his sights on Jake, one of his crew might be a turncoat, and a woman from a long past affair suddenly reappears. Jake has to find a way to beat all of them...at their own game.
The Trade Off
How deep into the sex slave industry will you go to save someone you love? How far will your duty take you? Heather Williams buys young women from slavers but she's really Gus MacIntyre, an undercover cop trying to break a link in a chain of human trafficking. Bull Porter is an alpha male with a niece who has been abducted by the same men Gus is trying to arrest. Their paths are about to cross...
After two tours in Vietnam and 25 years as a police officer, Thomas Chisolm must repay an old debt and find the man responsible for a horrible act that happened decades ago. Chisolm hopes bring him to justice and provide some peace for the victim, and maybe put his own demons to rest...once and for all.
At This Point in My Life
Jack “Mac” McCrae is about to retire. Without children or any family, he looks back over his career and his life and finds himself wondering what, if any, impact he’s had on this world.
Then a young woman reappears with a photograph of her mother — and his old lover — and an unknown child that might be her sister…and his daughter.
Mac agrees to accompany her to a small town in Oregon to get to t
Lovely, Dark, and Deep
A city councilman is dead of an apparent suicide. Ex-cop Stefan Kopriva finds himself drawn into the case, serving an unlikely client. Once involved, he discovers that things are not as they seem.
Kopriva is quickly embroiled in dirty city politics. Along the way, he encounters pimps, prostitutes, gangsters, contractors, and the police as he tries to get to the bottom of what happened, and why.
In the Shadow of El Paso
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Carl is a Yankee cop in a small Texas border town. Isabella is a beautiful Mexican woman that everyone in town loves, including the hapless Pete and the wealthy, powerful Jack...but most of all, Carl.
Part romance, part police procedural, IN THE SHADOW OF EL PASO contains two short stories by Frank Zafiro. Both explore love, race, class and the ambiguity that exists on the southern border.
Some Degree of Murder
A young woman has been murdered. Det. John Tower has the case but there are few clues. As he digs deeper, he realizes that this murder may not be the killer's first...or last. Virgil Kelly lives in the shadowy world of the criminal underground. He has a single-minded mission: find the killer and bury him. Both men use the tools of their trade to find a killer...while on a collision course.
Trouble in River City
TROUBLE IN RIVER CITY is a collection of all four River City crime novels to date.
The collection contains UNDER A RAGING MOON, HEROES OFTEN FAIL, BENEATH A WEEPING SKY and AND EVERY MAN HAS TO DIE.
River City novels are gritty police procedurals with a character focus, written by a real cop with real experience. All of these books are available separately but are collected here into one volume.
When disgraced former cop Stefan Kopriva is asked by an old high school classmate to find a runaway sixteen year old girl, he reluctantly accepts. Driven by guilt over a terrible mistake that drove him from the force more than ten years earlier, Kopriva battles old injuries, old demons and long ago memories as he unravels the mystery of the missing Kris Sinderling...and seeks his own redemption.
And Every Man Has To Die
Russian gangs are taking over the River City underworld. The men and women of the police department are the last line of defense against the former Soviet bloc criminals. But both groups will soon learn how far the other will go to win this battle. They’ll learn that the price of victory can be high. They’ll learn that sometimes blood flows...And Every Man Has to Die.
The Last Horseman
Sandy Banks is the last of The Four Horsemen, a vigilante group of ex-cops determined to right the injustices of a broken court system. But now the project is disintegrating, putting him in the middle of chaos. Betrayed by his final partner, blackmailed by the project head and pursued by federal agents bent on busting the case wide open, Sandy scrambles to escape this mayhem with his soul intact.
Detectives and mobsters, missing mummies and a shootout with Gypsies – here are 15 stories featuring characters from the novels of Frank Zafiro, each given their own chance to shine. The good, bad, and the in-between of River City come together in this fast-paced collection , where the heroes of River City will keep fighting until the scales of justice are...dead even.
The Bastard Mummy
Follow detectives Finch and Elias in this novella (which is an excerpt from the short story collection DEAD EVEN) as they try to solve the mystery of a stolen mummy from the River City museum. Part mystery, part procedural, with a little wise-cracking along the way, this story will satisfy River City fans waiting for the next installment and introduce Frank Zafiro to new readers.
No Good Deed: A River City Anthology
An ex-cop looking for redemption...an American man and an Irish lass interwined in love and violence...a cop with a conscience that he doesn't always listen to...a retired cop looking to repair a broken relationship with his drug-addicted son...a Yankee cop in the West Texas...these are the characters you'll meet and explore in No Good Deed. Written by the author of the River City crime novels.
The Cleaner: A River City Anthology
A frustrated crime scene cleaner...an off duty cop in a jam...a patrol officer who believes in a strange fate...a holier-than-thou Internal Affairs whose world gets turned upside down...plus those that are crazy, surrounded in sadness or just trying to get by - these are the many and varied characters of River City, brought to life in 17 short stories by the author of the River City crime novels.
Beneath a Weeping Sky
River City is plagued by a serial rapist. His attacks are becoming more brutal. Detective John Tower is sure that he’ll go from rape to murder if he isn’t stopped soon. When a series of mis-steps and near misses push the rapist even further, everyone involved -- Tower, Officer Katie MacLeod and Officer Thomas Chisolm -- must face their old fears…or be destroyed by them.
Heroes Often Fail
When a six-year-old girl is kidnapped off a residential street in broad daylight, every cop in River City must rise to heroic levels. Detectives scramble to solve the kidnapping. Patrol officers comb the streets looking for the missing girl. Racing against time, every cop on the job focuses on finding her. Before it is too late. Before they fail her.
Under a Raging Moon
A violent robber is loose in River City. Meet the patrol cops that must take him down--that mythical thin blue line between society and anarchy. They must stop the robber, while juggling divorces, love affairs, internal politics, a hostile media, and vengeful gang members.
Written by a real cop with real experience, Under a Raging Moon is like a paperback ride-along. Enjoy the ride.
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