Thursday, November 25, 2010

DEAD EVEN Released; Another Review

Now Available!
 Dead Even, a collection of River City short stories, is now available from Gray Dog Press.  You can order it here or at any bookstore.

It is also available on Amazon as a Kindle ebook.

Also, Asa Bradley has done a great review of Dead Even on bark.  You can read it here.

Her insight into this short story collection is compelling and she's quite complimentary.  My favorite line of her review is "The range of different character voices that Zafiro masters is amazing."  When you're the writer someone is talking about and they say something like that...well, it is a nice thing to hear, I gotta say.

Give Asa a read -- and bookmark bark.  It's an eclectic group effort, well worth your time.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Advance Blurb for DEAD EVEN

DEAD EVEN will be released
on November 20, 2010
Here is what Joe DeMarco, editor of Mysterical-E and author of Murder on Camac, said about the forthcoming River City collection of short stories, DEAD EVEN:

Frank Zafiro’s work is the kind readers won’t soon forget.

Frank Zafiro’s work strikes deep into a reader’s mind and heart creating people and situations so real, they stick with you long after you’ve read the work. From the details of a crime in progress to police banter on and off the job to the gritty particulars of life in River City, Zafiro is a winner. He becomes his characters and you see life and crime and police work through their eyes. It’s impossible to choose a favorite in this collection, they are intertwined and work together in a way that creates a resonance in those who read these tales. Frank Zafiro’s work is powerful and memorable, two things every writer strives for in their work.

Joseph R.G. DeMarco, ,

DEAD EVEN will be released on November 20, 2010 from Gray Dog Press (  There will be a release party that day at Hallett's Chocolates in Spokane from 11 AM to 2 PM.  No invitiation necessary, so see you there!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

NO GOOD DEED and THE CLEANER available in paperback!

Two of my three short story collections are now available in paperback through Amazon.  NO GOOD DEED and THE CLEANER are for sale at both Amazon:

Both are also available directly through CreateSpace (which pays a much higher royalty):

Both of these books were originally only available as an ebook.  However, enough people have asked when the hard copy of the books were coming out that I decided to push them out sooner rather than later. 

In NO GOOD DEED, you'll meet 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...

In THE CLEANER, you'll meet 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.

Much like DEAD EVEN, the third and final collection, due out from Gray Dog Press in November 2010, these stories explore an array of different River City characters on both sides of the badge.  Give 'em a try!


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"The Bastard Mummy" Available as a(n almost) free eBook!

Hey, folks!  As a special treat/preview, I've put the short novella (or, if you prefer, the long short story) "The Bastard Mummy" on Amazon and Smashwords as an eBook only.

"The Bastard Mummy" stars Finch and Elias as they try to solve the theft of a mummy from the River City museum.  It is one of five Finch and Elias stories (and one of fifteen stories overall) featured in my forthcoming collection, DEAD EVEN.

DEAD EVEN will be out in November 2010.  Meanwhile, whet your appetite with "The Bastard Mummy."  It is on Amazon right now for 99 cents (sorry, Amazon won't let me price it lower) for the Kindle.  It is available for all other formats at Smashwords.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Dead Even Preview

The release of DEAD EVEN has been pushed back to early November by the publisher, so those of you waiting patiently are going to have expend a little more patience...but it'll be worth it!  To whet your appetite, here's a mock-up of the cover, along with some more preview information.

Debbi Mack wrote a positive review of DEAD EVEN on her blog.  Here is the link:

She goes into considerable detail about the book and offers her take on the collection, so if you'd like a preview of what's coming, this would be a good place to go.  While you're there, jump over to her main site and check out her book, Identity Crisis.

Here's one quote from her article:  "Zafiro's ability to capture the small details of a cop's life are part of what makes these stories feel so real and give you a truer picture of police work than anything you'll see on CSI."

Additionally, here's what others are saying:

"Hyper-realistic fiction at its best."
-O'Neil De Noux, SHAMUS and DERRINGER Award Winning author of the LaStanza New Orleans Police novels and NEW ORLEANS NOCTURNAL

"You ctually see, hear, taste, and smell what it’s like to be a cop—but get to live to tell about it."
-B.J. Bourg, crime fiction writer and Chief Investigator, Lafourche Parish DA’s Office

"Compelling characters, engrossing plots, and overall, a fantastic collection of shorts."
- Clair Dickson, author of Bo Fexler mysteries

"Dead Even is an exceptional—and deliciously entertaining—collection of stories."
-John Floyd, award-winning author of Rainbow’s End, Midnight, and Clockwork

Saturday, August 21, 2010

River City Interview!

Asa Bradley has completed an interview with me to follow up on her review last week on BARK.

Here's the link:  

Thanks for asking great questions, Asa!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

River City Review

Asa Bradley wrote a wonderful review of the entire River City series here:

The nice thing, from the author perspective, is that she highlights many of the things I really wanted to come through to the reader.  It's nice to see that happen.

Thanks, Asa!


P.S.  If you are looking for a distinctive writing voice, you should check out Asa's work!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Book Giveaway Contest!

Here's a contest for one and all: 

Review a Frank Zafiro (or Frank Scalise) book on Amazon in the month of August and I'll enter you in a drawing. Top prize is the full River City novel collection, including a voucher for book four, AND EVERY MAN HAS TO DIE, coming March 2011.

Three other winners will each receive their choice of one River City novel.

AND three wildcard winners will get a copy of the vampire anthology, "Vampire Dreamspell," which contains my short story, "For the Sake of Art."

Winners may select the hockey novel ALL THAT COUNTS if they already have all the River City novels.

Do the Amazon review and email me to get your name in the drawing. Haven't read a River City crime novel yet? Plenty of time -- the contest runs through August (my birth month). Don't feel like being part of the contest? Be a pal and do a review anyway.
Amazon seems to be a major key to wider readership.  Which, you know, sounds pretty cool.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Tri-City Appearance

I will be at the Hastings in Richland, WA on Saturday, July 31, from 4 PM to 7 PM.  If you're a Tri-City mystery lover, please come by and say hello!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Zafiro Titles on Amazon!

After weeks of different issues popping up, I have finally uploaded Frank Zafiro titles up on Amazon directly.  Currently, you should be able to download Kindle versions of:


Furthermore, the River City anthology, DEAD EVEN, will be available in Fall 2010.  Also, the Frank Scalise novel, ALL THAT COUNTS, should be available on Kindle on Amazon within the week.

If  you're an eReader, I hope these titles are soon downloaded onto your Kindle/Nook/Sony Reader/etc.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Short Story Published

My short story, "Core Issue," will appear in the Summer 2010 issue of SpokeWrite, a journal of fiction, poetry, essay and art.

"Core Issue" is a Finch and Elias story (minus Elias) and is one of the River City stories that will be featured in this Fall's River City anthology, Dead Even (Gray Dog Press).

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fall Anthology to be titled "Dead Even"

The forthcoming print anthology from Gray Dog Press will be titled Dead Even, after one of the many stories included in the collection.  There will be a total of fifteen short stories, grouped by the lead River City character involved in that story.  The characters I explored in this book are:  Katie MacLeod (three stories), Finch and Elias (five), Paul Hiero (two) and Dominic Bracco (five).

Readers should know Katie MacLeod pretty well, especially after Beneath a Weeping Sky.  Finch and Elias, on the other hand, have only ever had extraordinarily minor roles in the the novels.  For those that don't recall, they are homicide detectives and work as partners.  Paul Hiero is also a very minor character in the novels, though he'll get a more prominent support role in a future novel.  And if you've never heard of Dominic Bracco in the novels...well, I don't think he's ever been mentioned, actually.  But he's been featured in a number of River City short stories and I believe he'll have a support role in an upcoming novel, too. 

Dom is an interesting character -- a transplanted New Jerseyian trying to set up shop here in River City.  Imagine someone Tony Soprano might have kicked out of Jersey, and you're getting close.  "Dead Even," the title story, was a finalist for the Derringer Award in 2008.  Another included story, "The Worst Door," (Finch and Elias, was a finalist in 2006.

Dead Even is slated for a late September release from Gray Dog Press.  I will post the exact date soon. 

In the meantime, if it's River City short fiction you want, the eBook version of The Cleaner and No Good Deed are available (at Smashwords, B&N, any format you need).

The Cleaner:  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.

No Good Deed: 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. 

I put these collections out in order to make more River City fiction available, all in one place.  Ninety-five percent of the included stories were published in magazines or anthologies, but I've gathered them together for this anthology.  I even included a couple of stories that I thought were pretty good but had a hard time finding a home for one reason or another (usually just not a good fit in one particular genre -- "Gently Used" is a good example of that).

So for those of you who have entered the eBook ya go!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Borders Tomorrow (Saturday)!

I will be at Borders in North Spokane tomorrow from 12-5 PM, along with a slew of other local authors.  Come by if you can!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Ebooks Available!

All three River City novels (Under a Raging Moon, Heroes Often Fail, Beneath a Weeping Sky) are now available as eBooks via Smashwords...and as the next few weeks pass, they will be available wherever eBooks are sold -- B&N, Amazon, you name it.

I've also put together a pair of River City anthologies for eBook distribution.  The Cleaner and No Good Deed both contain more than a dozen short stories, all set in River City.  Many of the characters are those you'll recognize from the novels, albeit in smaller roles.  Some are new.  Give them a chance.  I think you'll dig it.

I'm not sure if or when these two anthologies will show up in print.  I'm exploring a couple of options.  Meanwhile, another anthology, tentatively titled Once Upon a Time in River City, will be released in print from Gray Dog Press this Fall.  It will contain stories featuring Katie MacLeod, Paul Hiero, Finch and Elias and Dominic Bracco. 

More to come!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Vampire Anthology Out!

Although it is a stretch to call it crime fiction (though there is a crime element to the tale), my short story, "For the Sake of Art" appears in the newly released anthology Vampire Dreamspell from LL Dreamspell, a Houston-based publisher.

The book is up on Amazon as a Kindle edition and the hard copy should be there soon.  Meanwhile, you can order a copy directly from the publisher here: 

Or...I picked up a few extra copies that I can hand sell to anyone who is interested.  Get a hold of me on Facebook or email and we'll work it out.  I can let them go for $10 apiece, but I only have about five copies available, so hurry.

I have another story, "Prank Call," that will be featured in next year's anthology Dreamspell Revenge, from the same publisher.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

KPND Interview

I was recently interviewed by Jonny Knight, a DJ from KPND.  This is a progressive radio station up in Sandpoint Idaho at 95.3 on your FM dial.

Here are the two parts of the interview that aired!

Part One


Part Two

Thanks to KPND for having me on the air!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Appearances This Week

I will be at the LEIRA Conference at the Red Lion this week on Wednesday and Thursday (May 5 and 6) from 12-6 PM.  This is the Law Enforcement Records handlers conference, which is obviously a closed conference.  I'll be in the vendor's area.  Not sure if that'll be open to the public or not, but if you're in the area, swing by and see me.

On Saturday the 8th of May, I'll be at the Hastings in Coeur d'Alene from 4-7 PM in support of my third River City novel, Beneath a Weeping Sky.  Come on by, say hello and get your signed copy!

Draft of THE LAST HORSEMAN Finished

Well, dear reader, good news.  I've finished my latest revision of The Last Horseman.  This novel is a crime fiction thriller, the first I've finished writing that is not a River City crime novel.

Since I was brazen enough [read:  foolish] to mention that I was working on it in a previous post (here), I figured I'd better at least report that the most recent draft was finished.  Of course, 'finished' is a long ways from 'published', but at least I'm doing what I said I was going to do.

I probably won't mention this book again until I can announce publication...but until then, you heard it here first.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Hastings on Sullivan Today!

Anyone looking to pick up an autographed, personalized copy of Beneath a Weeping Sky (or Under a Raging Moon...or Heroes Often Fail) can find me at the Hastings on Sullivan in Spokane Valley today.  Look forward to chatting with readers!

Friday, April 16, 2010

"Walter's Night" Published in YELLOW MAMA!

My short story, "Walter's Night," has been published in the current (April) issue of YELLOW MAMA.  Here' the link:

Before you go there, a couple of caveats.  One, this is not a River City story.  Two, it is a little on the graphic side.  "Walter's Night" is sort of a tribute to "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," but in a much darker vein.  If you're easily offended by profanity, some sexuality and a bit of violence, I don't recommend readinig this story.  It's not Tarantino, but it isn't exactly Mr. Rogers, either.

Walter is a sad, lonely little man...but interesting to write about.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Upcoming Appearances!

I'll be making the following appearances:

Saturday, April 17th at Hasting’s on 29th from 1:00-3:00pm

Saturday, April 24th at Hasting’s on Sullivan and Sprague from4:00 to 7:00pm
Hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Library Bound!

BENEATH A WEEPING SKY is now available at the City of Spokane Public Library.  If you like using this system for your reading, please check it out and give it a read!


Here are a couple of reviews that have come in so far for Beneath a Weeping Sky:

and from Debbi Mack.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Author Appearances

I will be making the following appearances in support of my third River City crime novel, Beneath a Weeping Sky:

Saturday, March 27, 12-4 PM     Release Party!  Halletts at Riverwalk (1003 E. Trent)

Wednesday March 31, Auntie's Bookstore, 7 PM

Saturday April 3rd Shadle Hastings 3-6 PM

Saturday April 10th Seattle Mystery Bookshop 12-2 PM

Saturday April 17th 29th Hastings 1-3  PM

April 21st  Private Book Club

Saturday April 24th Sullivan Hastings 4-7 PM

Wednesday/Thursday, May 5 and 6, LEIRA Conference (Red Lion) 12-6 PM

Saturday May 8th Coeur d'Alene Hastings 4-7 PM

May 13th  Private Book Club

Saturday May 22nd Republic Library noon-5ish

Saturday June 19th Borders
Hope to see you at one or more than one!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Non-Fiction Event

I don't often post things here that are not River City fiction-related.  But most of you who follow this blog or read my books are probably aware that I still work in law enforcement.  Last night, I took part in something pretty special.

Check it out:

Other than to point out that I played for the police side, no more need be said.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

UNDER A RAGING MOON and HEROES OFTEN FAIL officially released at GDP!

Gray Dog Press has officially announced the release of Under a Raging Moon and Heroes Often Fail.  The announcement is on the website here:

The books are available for order right now directly from GDP's website.  Within a week, they'll be on local bookstore shelves and available for order from anywhere that sells books.

These are the first two books in the River City Series and are being re-issued by GDP.  The third book, Beneath a Weeping Sky, will be released on March 27th.

I will be appearing with a larger group of local authors at Borders in north Spokane (9980 N. Newport Hwy) on Saturday.  I'll be there from 12-2 PM but the event runs until 5 PM.  Come get your brand new copies of the first two River City crime novels -- signed, if you like!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


Debbi Mack at has reviewed my forthcoming River City novel (#3 in the series), Beneath a Weeping Sky. 

She liked it a lot.  And what's more, she liked it for the reasons that I hoped a reader would like it.

Here's the link:

Author Appearance

I will be at Borders (9980 N. Newport Hwy) on Jan 23, 2010 from 12-2 PM for a local author event.  Come say hello!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Book Covers Revealed! (and etc.)

Gray Dog Press has unveiled the book covers for the forthcoming River City books.

Beneath a Weeping Sky is the third book in the series and will be released March 27th.  In it, River City is plagued by a serial rapist.  Detective John Tower tries to catch him, while Officers Tom Chisolm and Katie MacLeod deal with their own ghosts in the process of helping him.

Under a Raging Moon and Heroes Often Fail are the first and second books of the River City Series, respectively.  In Under a Raging Moon, a serial robber is at work in River City and getting progressively more violent.  This novel focuses on the patrol officers as they try to stop the robber before he kills someone.  Heroes Often Fail features both patrol officers, detectives and bosses as everyone scrambles to find a six year old girl who is kidnapped in broad daylight.

These two books will be re-issued by Gray Dog Press on January 20th.

Once released, you can pick up your copy at any local bookstore or order it directly from the publisher at  The books should be listed in the publisher bookstore any day now.

It takes a couple of weeks, but the books will be available on Amazon, too.

Also, good news -- my publisher has tentatively okay'd a series of short story collections featuring River City characters and settings.  The first will be released in the Fall of 2010.  At this point, we are looking at doing this every Fall for about four years.

More good news -- my publisher and I also reached a verbal agreement for the publication of the fourth River City crime novel, And Every Man Has to Die.  Look for that in March of 2011!

Lastly, don't forget to check out the current issue of SpokeWrite.  As I mentioned before, my short stories "Vancouver Dreams" (as Frank Scalise) and "The Worst Door" are featured, as well as an interview with me.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

"The Worst Door" and an Interview!

My short story, "The Worst Door," has been published in the January 2010 issue of SpokeWrite, a local journal of the arts.

As I mentioned in my previous post, "The Worst Door" is a Finch and Elias story.  This one is told in the first person, from Finch's point of view.

In addition to the short story, my alter ego Frank Scalise has a short story called "Vancouver Dreams" in the issue.

And finally, there is an author interview featuring me. 

The journal features other regional writers, poets and artists.  You can get it at local bookstores (Hastings or Auntie's especially) or from Gray Dog Press directly: .

One final note:  "The Worst Door" was a finalist for the Derringer Award in 2006.