Books by 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.

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.

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In the Shadow of El Paso
by Frank Zafiro
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 stories explore love...
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The Bastard Mummy
by Frank Zafiro
Detectives Finch and Elias have seen a lot -- murders, assaults, rapes, missing persons -- but they've never investigated a missing mummy before. Follow the two partners in this novella as they sift through a half dozen different suspects and try to solve the mystery of a stolen mummy from the River City museum. Part whodunit mystery...
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The Trade Off
by Frank Zafiro
How deep into the sex slave industry will you go to save someone you love? How far will your duty take you? On the surface, Heather Williams buys and sells young women in a burgeoning underground sex trade. But not everything is as it seems. She is really “Gus” MacIntyre, and undercover detective, targeting human traffickers and...
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Heroes Often Fail (River City Crime Novel Book 2)
by Frank Zafiro
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...
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And Every Man Has To Die (River City Crime Novel Book 4)
by Frank Zafiro
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...
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Beneath a Weeping Sky (River City Crime Novel Book 3)
by Frank Zafiro
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...
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Under a Raging Moon (River City Crime Novel Book 1)
by Frank Zafiro
A violent robber is loose in River City. Meet the cops that must take him down. Stefan Kopriva, a young hotshot. Katie MacLeod, a woman in what is still mostly a man’s world. Karl Winter, about to retire but with one more good bust left in him. And Thomas Chisolm, a former Green Beret who knows how dangerous a man like the...
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Some Degree of Murder
by Frank Zafiro
A young woman has been murdered in River City. Police Detective John Tower is assigned to the case but there are few clues to go on. As he digs into the case, he's soon picking up hints that this murder may not be the killer's first ... or his last. Virgil Kelly lives in the shadowy world of the criminal underground. He's just...
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At This Point in My Life
by Frank Zafiro
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...
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Waist Deep (Stefan Kopriva Mystery Book 1)
by Frank Zafiro
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...
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The Last Horseman
by Frank Zafiro
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...
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Trouble in River City
by Frank Zafiro
This boxed set contains all four of the novels in the River City series of crime fiction, including: UNDER A RAGING MOON, HEROES OFTEN FAIL, BENEATH A WEEPING SKY and AND EVERY MAN HAS TO DIE.This series follows the same ensemble cast of police officers and detectives as they face the challenges of the criminal world, the police world...
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No Good Deed (River City Short Stories Book 2)
by Frank Zafiro
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...
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The Cleaner (River City Short Stories Book 3)
by Frank Zafiro
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...
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Chisolm's Debt
by Frank Zafiro
After two tours in Vietnam and 25 years as a police officer, Thomas Chisolm is looking forward to a quiet retirement. That hope is quickly shattered when Mai, a ghost from his past, finds him and demands justice for the horrors she suffered during the Vietnam War…horrors Chisolm couldn't save her from. Now Chisolm must find the man...
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At Their Own Game
by Frank Zafiro
Jake Stankovic has been flying below the radar for years, dealing safely in stolen property crime with his two-man crew. 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...
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Lovely, Dark, and Deep (Stefan Kopriva Mystery Book 2)
by Frank Zafiro
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...
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Good Shepherd: erotic crime fiction
by Frank Zafiro
Good Shepherd is a three-story collection of erotic crime fiction swirling with lust, revenge, and insatiable sexual gluttony. Three very different men and women sit at the center of each story. Yet, in the end, they’re all the same—forever changed by forbidden temptation in a world where justice pretends to be blind.
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Tales of River City
by Frank Zafiro
This is a boxed set of Frank Zafiro's River City short story collections, plus fourteen bonus pieces. This volume contains DEAD EVEN, NO GOOD DEED and THE CLEANER, as well as another fourteen of Zafiro's short stories (some previously unpublished!). DEAD EVEN: Detectives and mobsters, missing mummies and a shootout with Gypsies—here...
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Dead Even (River City Short Stories Book 1)
by Frank Zafiro
Detectives and mobsters, missing mummies and a shootout with Gypsies – here are fifteen stories featuring major and minor characters from the novels of Frank Zafiro, now given their own chance to shine. The good, the bad, and the in-between of River City come together in this fast-paced collection of theft, mystery, murder and...
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