Frank Zafiro

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Frank served in the U.S. Army from 1986-91 in Military Intelligence as a Czechoslovak linguist. In 1993, he became a police officer. During his career, he worked as a patrol officer, corporal, and detective. In 2002, he became a sergeant and entered into leadership roles. He was fortunate enough to command patrol officers, investigators, K-9 officers (and their dogs!), and the SWAT team. Frank retired from law enforcement in 2013 as a captain. Since then, he has taught law enforcement subject matter at community college, university, and as an independent consultant teaching leadership to police agencies. He also teaches a series of writing workshops.

Frank began writing seriously at about thirteen. In 1995, he started the first draft of "Under A Raging Moon," which would become the first book in the River City series of crime fiction.

Since then, Frank has completed a number of novels set in River City, a fictional version of Spokane, Washington. The River City series is published in paperback by Gray Dog Press and currently sits at four volumes. Other Frank Zafiro books are also set in River City, including mysteries such as "Waist Deep" and "Lovely, Dark, and Deep", starring Stefan Kopriva, and "Some Degree of Murder", written with Colin Conway. Other novels are set in Spokane proper, such as "The Last Horseman" and "At Their Own Game", or elsewhere, such as the Chicago setting for "Blood on Blood", written with Jim Wilsky and the New York setting for "The Backlist", written with Eric Beetner.

Frank has been rated the #1 author for police procedurals on Amazon, and remains one of the top ranked authors in that Amazon category. Frank's books are available in all formats -- paperback, ebook, and audio book.

In addition to novels, dozens of Franks' short stories have been published in magazines (print or online) and numerous anthologies.

Frank also write mainstream fiction under his real name, Frank Scalise, including his hockey novel "All That Counts" (Gray Dog Press,February 2010) and a children's series about Sam the Hockey Player, which began with the middle grade title "The Hardest Hit."

Frank resides in Redmond, Oregon, with his wife. He is an avid hockey fan, reader, movie lover, and a tortured guitarist

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The Hardest Hit
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 31,540. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2011 by Frank Zafiro. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
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.



The Trade Off
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,040. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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...
Chisolm's Debt
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,120. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,010. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Series: Stefan Kopriva Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 58,530. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Price: Free! Words: 17,580. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Romance » Western
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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.
Waist Deep
Series: Stefan Kopriva Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 70,540. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Series: RIver City, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,530. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 59,340. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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.
Dead Even
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,530. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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
Price: Free! Words: 20,860. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,430. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Anthologies » General
An ex-cop looking for 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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,290. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Anthologies » General
A frustrated crime scene 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 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
Series: RIver City, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 133,420. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Series: RIver City, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,130. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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
Series: RIver City, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,680. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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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