An Unlikely Phoenix

      Frank Zafiro

An Unlikely Phoenix

It is 2028. The President has just finished his third term and is about to be elected to a fourth. America has become increasingly isolationist and xenophobic. Emboldened by the President's support, the New American Party has gained power and become a controlling minority.  Cloaking its policies in the increasing need for national security, the President and his new party work to remake America in the image they desire, focusing their efforts on personal freedoms and immigration.

St. Louis police officer Ryan Derrick struggles to remain true to his ideals as he sees the best of his country seeming to slip away. His wife Nathalie is a frequent target for the subtle machinations of the party, since she is both a journalist and a foreigner.  When tragedy strikes the family, their battle for freedom becomes even more urgent.

Alexander Derrick is a California state senator caught up in the midst of an anti-federalist movement and trying...

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    RCC02 - Heroes Often Fail

      Frank Zafiro

RCC02 - 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.

About the Author

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 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. Many of Frank's stories take place in the fictional setting of River City, a mid-sized city in Eastern Washington, with recurring characters. His first River City novel, Under A Raging Moon, was originally published in 2006. The second, Heroes Often Fail, was originally published in 2007. Over fifty of his short stories have been published in ten different anthologies, as well as print and online magazines. 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.

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    SK01 - Waist Deep

      Frank Zafiro

SK01 - Waist Deep

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.

About the Author

Frank Zafiro is the pen name for Frank Scalise. Frank became a police officer in 1993 and is currently a captain. He has written and taught courses at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, written several college courses in police subject matter and co-authored A Street Officer’s Guide to Report Writing. Frank is the author of numerous novels and short stories, including the River City series of crime novels and the crime thriller, THE LAST HORSEMAN. WAIST DEEP is the first Stefan Kopriva mystery. 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. You can keep up with him at http://frankzafiro.com or his blog at http://frankzafiro.blogspot.com. He also writes under his given name and you can check that out at http://frankscalise.com.

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    RCC04 - And Every Man Has to Die

      Frank Zafiro

RCC04 - 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.

About the Author

Frank became a police officer in 1993 and is currently a captain. He has written and taught courses at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, written several college courses in police subject matter, and co-authored A Street Officer’s Guide to Report Writing. Many of his stories and novels take place in the fictional River City, a mid-sized city in Eastern Washington, with recurring characters. Frank is the author of the River City series of crime novels, which begins with Under a Raging Moon (Gray Dog Press, 2009).   Over fifty of his short stories have been published in more than a dozen different anthologies, as well as print and online magazines. He is a three-time Derringer Award finalist, including for the title story of his collection, Dead Even (Gray Dog Press, 2010). 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. You can keep up with him at his website, frankzafiro.com, or his blog at frankzafiro.blogspot.com. He also writes under his given name at frankscalise.com.

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    RCC03.3 - No Good Deed

      Frank Zafiro

RCC03.3 - No Good Deed

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.

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    RCC03.6 - The Bastard Mummy

      Frank Zafiro

RCC03.6 - The Bastard Mummy

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, part procedural, with more than a little wise-cracking along the way, THE BASTARD MUMMY has a little something for all kinds of mystery readers.

(This novella is also included in the short story collection, DEAD EVEN, which contains several other Finch and Elias stories).

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    RCC05 - Some Degree of Murder

      Frank Zafiro

RCC05 - Some Degree of Murder

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 arrived in River City with a single-minded mission: find his daughter's killer and bury him.

In his search for a murderer, Tower uses his experience and training along with all the expertise of modern forensics.

In the hunt for his prey, Kelley uses intimidation and violence, tools which he wields with precision and anger.

Virgil Kelley and John Tower are on a collision course. Somebody is going to die.

River City will never be the same.

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    At Their Own Game

      Frank Zafiro

At Their Own Game

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, and a woman from a long past affair suddenly reappears. All of this would be complicated enough on its own, but for Jake, it's even worse.

The woman is the detective's ex-wife.

And Jake Stankovic used to be a cop.

Now Jake must face new problems and old vendettas in an all-in proposition with lives on the line. He has to find a way to get his money back, keep the girl, and beat everyone involved...At Their Own Game.

About the Author

Frank became a police officer in 1993 and retired in 2013 as a captain. He has written and taught courses at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, written several college courses in police subject matter and co-authored A Street Officer’s Guide to Report Writing. Many of his stories and novels take place in the fictional River City, a mid-sized city in Eastern Washington, with recurring characters. The River City series of crime novels begins with Under a Raging Moon. Frank has authored numerous books, including crime novels with Jim Wilsky (Blood on Blood, Queen of Diamonds) and Colin Conway (Some Degree of Murder). Over fifty of his short stories have been published in more than a dozen different anthologies, as well as print and online magazines. 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. His story “Dead Even” was a finalist for the 2009 Derringer Award. These and other short stories are gathered together in three River City collections: Dead Even, No Good Deed and The Cleaner. In addition to writing, Frank is an avid hockey fan and a tortured guitarist. His wife, Kristi, supports both. You can keep up with him at http://frankzafiro.com where he maintains his blog or the blog he shares with Jim Wilsky at http://hardboiledpartners.blogspot.com. He also writes under his given name and you can check that out at http://frankscalise.com. 

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