Sunday, December 25, 2011

UPDATE on Three Novels (and a texbook)

Jim Wilsky and I are finishing up the final draft of BLOOD ON BLOOD.

BLOOD ON BLOOD is a gritty, hard boiled crime novel. As Gar Sawyer lays dying in prison, he tells his sons Mick and Jerzy about a jewelry heist he made years ago. This sets the two half-brothers on a frenzied search for the lost loot. Jerzy is the hard core hood, Mick the failed cop and tarnished hero. They have to work together in order to unravel the mystery they face but every step of the way, they are angling against each other at the same time. BLOOD ON BLOOD is a tension-laced action ride.

I expect BLOOD ON BLOOD to be out in the first half of 2012, depending on which route Jim and I go with this novel.

I've finished the second draft of a mystery novel called AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE. It is going to a couple of readers before a third draft.

AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE tells the story of retired Spokane detective Jack McCrae. 'Mac' doesn't feel like he's left much of a mark on this world. No family, no wife, and a mediocre career. Then a young woman from his past appears and asks for his help finding a girl that she believes may be her sister...and Mac's daughter. The two embark on a dangerous journey of discovery, battling small town dynamics and old secrets to get at the truth.

I expect AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE to come out in early 2012 if I go the indie route or later in the year if I go with a publisher.

On another front, I'm currently working on the first draft of the sequel to Waist Deep, which is called LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP.

In LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP, former cop Stefan Kopriva reluctantly accepts a job to find out who assaulted Monique Perrin, who works as an escort. He quickly uncovers the dirty side of politics in River City, exposing a web of corruption that includes sex, bribery and worst of all, murder.

I expect LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP to be out no later than the second half of 2012.

These aren't the only projects I'm working on, but they are either the most complete or in the #1 position as far as what I'm giving the most of my time to.

On a somewhat (but not really) related note, the textbook on police report writing that I wrote along with my colleague and friend, Doug Strosahl, will be available January 2nd. It is called A Street Officer's Guide to Report Writing. It is a conversational, relaxed approach to a critical law enforcement skill. You can read more about it here.

And that's your River City Update, folks. I'm Frank Zafiro, and I...am...outta here. Have a happy holiday season!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

New Review of BENEATH A WEEPING SKY

My 2010 novel, Beneath a Weeping Sky, has been reviewed by Brian Triplett of examiner.com. He writes a very fair article about this book, the third installment in my River City series.

On balance, I'd say this is a positive review. It also gives the potential reader an honest look at the book, which admittedly isn't for everyone. Sexual Assault is a tough subject. And getting into the head of a serial rapist doesn't appeal to everyone. Still, this was a book that really explored those recurring characters -- Katie MacLeod, John Tower, and Tom Chisolm, especially. It is also the first book that really features the genius that is Renee, the crime analyst.

When Beneath a Weeping Sky was published, I felt like it was my best book. I don't know if it still is (I think I'd go with Waist Deep these days, but it's a photo finish) but I still like it a lot. It was a stretch for me as a writer and I felt a great deal of growth from start to finish. So seeing a review pop up almost two years later is kinda cool.

If you want this or any River City novel, you can get them from Gray Dog Press. In fact, right now they are offering the entire River City collection at a 20% discount, just in time for Christmas. Or, if you prefer eBooks, the books are available in all formats.

My favorite line of this novel? Tough call, but I'm going to go with this one:

“What?” Battaglia protested. “Why am I on rat duty?”

Sunday, November 6, 2011

"Bastard Mummy" Review

Here is a review of "The Bastard Mummy."

Monday, October 31, 2011

Gray Dog Press Announces Frank Zafiro Collection!

Gray Dog Press is now offering all five of my novels in a single collection. The bonus is that you get 20% off cover price if you buy all five books. That's like getting one of them for free!




Gray Dog Press is a local publisher here in Spokane, Washington, that focuses on Inland Empire writers or subject matter...for the most part. They are an up and coming independent small press, and I'm proud to be one of their authors!

If you haven't tried out the River City series yet, the order is:

1. Under a Raging Moon
2. Heroes Often Fail
3. Beneath a Weeping Sky
4. And Every Man Has to Die

and

5. Dead Even (a collection of River City short stories)

The books follow the same ensemble cast of police officers and detectives as they encounter robbers, kidnappers, rapists and gangsters, as well as their own fears and shortcomings. Meet cops who are human as you are, or the person next door.

If you're reading this, you probably know I  have over 18 years of police experience in a variety of positions. I've brought all of that experience to bear on these books, lending a degree of gritty realism that has been compared to Waumbaugh and McBain.

Here's the LINK! Check it out!


Frank

Saturday, October 22, 2011

THE BASTARD MUMMY takes off!

Occasionally, Amazon will allow an ebook to be priced for FREE as part of a special promotion. Currently, they've selected my River City novella, The Bastard Mummy, for exactly such a promotion.

As you can see from the screen shots, people seem to be responding:  The Bastard Mummy is currently #1 in hard-boiled mystery, #2 in police procedurals.

Nice bump for a novella that has been out for a little while.

What's it about? Thought you'd never ask.

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 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 of the series and introduce Frank Zafiro to new readers.

For those familiar with the River City novels but not with Finch and Elias, let me say a few things. One, Finch and Elias are basically the Sully and Battaglia of the investigative division. Two, the majority of the Finch and Elias stories tend to be whodunit style mysteries, including The Bastard Mummy. And three, you can read five stories about these two detectives in Dead Even, which is a River City short story collection published by Gray Dog Press. 
Anyway, head over to Amazon and give The Bastard Mummy a try -- it's free!

Frank

P.S. Just an unrelated reminder:  all ebook sales proceeds from my novel The Last Horseman will go to support REMIND.ORG, an organization dedicated to supporting our returning troops.  Read this blog entry for the scoop.

Friday, October 7, 2011

THE LAST HORSEMAN Proceeds to Support REMIND.ORG

I've decided that I will donate all my author proceeds from the ebook sales of The Last Horseman to REMIND.ORG, which supports our returning warriors and their families.  

Every January, I will be donating 100% of my gross income from the previous years' ebook sales of this book. What's more, I'm making this donation retroactive to when the book was first published (January 2011).

Why am I doing this? There are lots of reasons.

Most importantly, I believe in what REMIND.ORG is doing.  I believe we have a duty to take care of those men and women who are brave enough to serve in our armed forces and protect our freedoms. It takes courage to serve, especially during a time when there are armed conflicts going on in the world that we're directly involved in.

The thing is, it's not about whether or not you believe in a particular political action or not -- it's about supporting our troops. The soldier doesn't choose the war, but he or she fights in it. Not all the consequences they suffer are right there on the battlefield.

I'm a veteran myself (1986-91), but I didn't see combat during my term of service. As a result, I was lucky enough not to need services like the ones this program provides.

What does this organization do? It would be easier to list what they don't do. I encourage you to take the link and check them out for yourself, but suffice it to say that they find a great number of ways to take care of our returning troops.

I first heard of this organization because of Bruce Springsteen. He played last year in their fundraiser event, "Stand Up for Heroes." As a long time fan of Springsteen and his music, I was curious what the fundraiser was supporting, so I looked it up. That's when the work that Remind.Org does really struck a chord with me.

Quite honestly, I can't think of too many things more patriotic than doing some real in support of our returning troops. I thought about how I could support this organization. Originally, I considered a simple donation, but eventually I decided I would give a continuing donation every year and try to raise some awareness in the process. I selected The Last Horseman as the vehicle for this because the main character, Sandy Banks, is also a veteran.

If you want to support a good cause and also enjoy some action/suspense crime fiction at the same time, this is your opportunity. The Last Horseman is priced at $2.99 in all formats.  In January, I'll post the receipt so everyone can see.

If you want to support this organization more directly, here's the Remind.org website.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bad Reviews

So I just passed on a mixed review/critique of a colleague's novel. I don't know his reaction, really, because his email reply was polite but brief. The thing is, when someone asks for a critique, I really believe you're doing a disservice if you don't give the book a serious read instead of a cursory one and that you're doing an even greater disservice if you're not 100% honest in your critique.

In other words, the things that aren't good, say so. The things that rock, say so. Delivery is important, but don't couch the criticism too carefully or else the weight of it may be lost upon the author.

In this case, I read the novel at a time that I was also trying to finish up a first draft on a collaboration novel, while I was receiving proofs from the publisher for my textbook with hellacious turnaround times and I was taking two master's courses online...while working full time in a demanding position. Throw family in there, too. So I was busy. But...has anyone ever read one of my books when that person was just as busy as I've described? Or more so?

Yes. So you pay it back and you pay it forward.

Plus, the author is a nice guy, a true gentleman and friends with one of the classiest guys I've ever not met (Internet only friends from halfway across the country).

So you make the time.  Which I did. Upon finishing, I did have one major criticism and a few smaller ones to go along with the things I liked.  I was blunt and direct, because I don't think any of us have time for euphemisms, but I wasn't mean. The danger of being honest, though, is you run the risk of hurting someone's feelings and the friendship. My philosophy has always been that honesty is always worth that risk. Not just what do I think about your book, but on anything in life. You tell your friends the truth, even if it isn't what they want to hear right this second.

I think this guy's book was a good book, but I did point out the warts. I hope that, upon reflection, he sees where my heart was in this process, whether he agrees with the criticism or not. That is, I cared enough about the guy to tell him the whole truth  -- the good and the bad.

Ironically, I received an email recently from another writer who asked me about performing some paid editing.  I'd edited a small portion of a work for her at a workshop earlier this year and she wrote in her email, "I appreciate the direct voice that you have."

So I must be doing something right.

In a case of double irony, one of my books got a mixed review this week from a fan. I discovered it about an hour after I had sent my critique to the author I mentioned at the beginning of this entry. Here's the link to the review. Give it a read and come back.

See? Honesty.

Incidentally, for those of you who may agree with this reviewer's take, Beneath a Weeping Sky is an anomaly within the series. Most of the books, including And Every Man Has to Die, are shorter and more briskly paced. And no crazy people. But BaWS is exactly what the reviewer says -- long, and it examines the human condition within the context of a procedural. Some people may like it, some may not. I don't apologize for it -- it is what it is, and it is true to its own (intended) nature.

But isn't nice to read someone's honest review that isn't meant to be harsh? Yeah, not really nice. Just better than a slam. But I like the honesty part. I'd better, or I'd be a hypocrite.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Review of Under a Raging Moon

Yes, that's right...a new review of my 2006 novel, Under a Raging Moon.

Actually, there's an explanation for this. I bundled together all four of the existing River City novels into a single eBook called Trouble in River City. The reviewer, Brian Triplett, bought the collection. He'd previously read and reviewed some of the newer books in the series, but not the older ones.

Here's the review:  http://www.examiner.com/books-in-spokane/under-a-raging-moon-by-frank-zafiro-review

He rightly calls me to task for the rough edges, but is gracious enough not to call it lesser craft than I hopefully have today. That's where he's wrong. Like any writer, I have grown in the past five years and nowhere is that as much on display as in the progression of the River City novels. I think any reader who starts with the first and continues through to the fourth will see the growth in my writing and storytelling (although hopefully as an afterthought and not while enjoying the book).

We all get better at something we practice at. Under a Raging Moon was my second novel I'd ever written and the first one published. And while I still like it and think it's a good book, the fact that it's my first does show.

You should still read it, though. ;-)

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Waist Deep Review Roundup

Here are a few links to some reviews of my first Stefan Kopriva novel, Waist Deep.

http://www.examiner.com/books-in-spokane/waist-deep-review-review
http://www.newmysteryreader.com/june_2011_hardcover_mystery_reviews.htm
http://thebookgrrl.blogspot.com/2011/07/shuffling-through-clues-to-find.html
In 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.

You can get eBook copies from Kindle, B&N, Smashwords or any eBook outlet. You can order a paperback from CreateSpace or Amazon.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Bundles Available Now!

I've bundled together all four of my River City novels -- Under a Raging Moon, Heroes Often Fail, Beneath a Weeping Sky, And Every Man Has to Die -- into one eBook volume called Trouble in River City. It is available now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, etc.

I've also bundled together my three River City short story collections -- Dead Even, No Good Deed and The Cleaner. I've included fourteen bonus stories in this eBook collection called Tales of River City. It is also available now (or will be in a few hours -- do a quick search) on Amazon, B&N and Smashwords.

So, if you haven't picked up any of these books yet, here they are in two convenient volumes...! Trouble is $8.99 right now for four novels and Tales is $2.99 for three collections, plus the bonus stories!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

New Dead Even Review from Brian Triplett!

Spokane Examiner.Com reviewer and columnist Brian Triplett has written a review of my short story collection, Dead Even.

I'll save you the suspense -- he likes it.

It's a nice experience as a writer to see someone else talk about your characters and stories with a degree of understanding that rivals your own. Come on, all you writers out there -- tell me you don't like that! Feels good.

If you'd like to read what Brian thinks of Dead Even, here is his review

Friday, July 22, 2011

New Zafiro Interview; Review of AND EVERY MAN HAS TO DIE!

New Mystery Reader Magazine has selected me as the featured author for July. The Karen Treanor interview is HERE and her review of And Every Man Has to Die is HERE.

Ms. Treanor calls the book "a compelling read" and suggests it would make a good movie.

She also asks some interesting questions in her interview and I tried to provide answers that were just as interesting.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Review of DEAD EVEN in Mysterical-E

Mysterical-E has a review of one of my River City short story collections, Dead Even. Here's the LINK. You have to scroll to the bottom for their take on my book.

Dead Even, published by Gray Dog Press in October 2010, features fifteen stories grouped by character: Katie MacLeod, Finch and Elias, Paul Hiero and Dominic Bracco. The stories are, in many instances, intertwined. Two were finalists for the Derringer Award (though neither won).

Mysterical-E is a quarterly crime fiction eZine that has been around for a long time (especially when you consider the quick turnover of these types of mags). I've had eight different short stories (some of them long ones) published in M-E over the years, dating back to the Winter 2005 issue. In fact, some of the stories in Dead Even first appeared there. Others that had their first appearance in M-E found their way into No Good Deed, another of the River City short story collections (The Cleaner is the third and likely final collection).

If you like crime fiction, you'll find good examples of it at Mysterical-E, as well as reviews and other features worth your time. Give 'em a try.

Friday, July 8, 2011

WAIST DEEP Now Available in Paperback!

My first Stefan Kopriva mystery, Waist Deep, is now available in paperback.

This novel is set in River City, so those of you who have read the River City series will be in comfortable surroundings. Kopriva is a central figure in the first two books but drops out of the picture for the most part after the second book. In Waist Deep, it is 2005 and Kopriva is ten years removed from the police department, eking out a living on a small medical pension. He is still wracked with guilt over the events that drove him from the force. Then he is asked by an old high school classmate to find a runaway sixteen year old daughter, and he reluctantly accepts.  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.

This book is a first person mystery, as opposed the ensemble cast procedural approach of the River City series.

For those of you who thought Kopriva was a loose end in the series...well, you were right. But he's not a loose end in the grander scheme, as he now has his own series. There will be at least one more Kopriva mystery (Lovely, Dark and Deep).

You can order Waist Deep immediately HERE. It should become available on Amazon very shortly. Or you can order it through any bookstore via the ISBN:  978-1456590093.

Just as a reminder, in addition to the River City series, I've also published the stand alone mystery/action/suspense novel The Last Horseman. It is available HERE or on Amazon or available through any bookstore. It is also available at the Spokane Public Library.

Final reminder:  All of these books are available as eBooks -- Kindle, Nook, or whatever you're using.

Thanks for the support, and as always, I would love to hear feedback from any readers about Waist Deep or any other novel. Hit me on Facebook or at frankzafiro@msn.com .

Friday, June 24, 2011

LAST HORSEMAN Review

Brian Triplett of Examiner.com has reviewed The Last Horseman.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Review of WAIST DEEP!

Brian Triplett at Examiner.com has posted his review of Waist Deep.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

WAIST DEEP Now Available!


My newest novel, a Stefan Kopriva mystery called Waist Deep, is now available!

Synopsis:  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.

If you're a Kindle or Nook reader, it should be coming on line any moment in those formats. Other eBook formats will pop up as they're processed.  The paperback will be available in a couple of weeks via CreateSpace, Amazon or for order through any outlet you like. I'll post the link when it is available. For now, though, eBook readers get the first shot at this new Frank Zafiro novel.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Updated Appearances!

This is the list of my updated appearance schedule for May and June. New entries are in red.
May 27th - 4-7 PM - Hastings, Couer d'Alene
June 9th - 6:30 PM - Private book club
June 11th - 5-8 PM - Hastings, 2512 E. 29th, Spokane
June 17th - 4-7 PM - Hastings, 1704 W. Wellesley, Spokane
June 24th - 4-7 PM - Hastings, Richland, Washington
June 25th - 12-2 PM - Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry Street, Seattle

As always, if you'd like me to visit your bookstore, book club or writer's group, email me at frankzafiro@msn.com or catch me Facebook!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

AND EVERY MAN HAS TO DIE Reviews!

There have been a number of reviews for my latest River City crime novel, And Every Man Has to Die (the fourth in the series).

The Inlander

"...the crime genre prides itself on pacing, and this is where Zafiro delivers."

Kevin Tipple

"Possibly the most complicated and hard hitting novel in the series..."

Debbi Mack

"The novel has a complex plot...that Zafiro has woven together with seeming ease."

And you can go to the Amazon listing for a couple others...

Amazon

Thanks to all those who took the time to read and review this novel.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Review of "And Every Man Has to Die" on bark

Asa Bradley has reviewed And Every Man Has to Die. Not to be a spoiler, but she liked it. A lot. Also, see my comments at the end of the review for some sneak preview info.

You can read her review HERE.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Zafiro News!

* First off, thanks to everyone who came out for the book launch on April 30th at Halletts Chocolates and for the reading at Auntie's (I love that venue - support your local bookstores!).

* Here are my upcoming appearances:

May 20th - 5-8 PM - Hastings, 15312 E. Sprague (near Sullivan), Spokane

May 27th - 4-7 PM - Hastings, Couer d'Alene

June 11th - 5-8 PM - Hastings, 2512 E. 29th, Spokane

June 17th - 4-7 PM - Hastings, 1704 W. Wellesley, Spokane

June 25th 12-2 PM Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry Street, Seattle

* Don't forget about the review contest for And Every Man Has To Die. You can win fabulous prizes, but you have to act fast and let me know you've done so.

* Lastly, if you're looking for a book for your book club, try one of mine...and then invite me to your book club meeting!  What could be cooler than having the actual author there to ask questions of? I've done it many times, and it is great fun. Email me at frankzafiro@msn.com or catch me on Facebook.

Okay. Back to the revision of Waist Deep.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

And Every Man Has To Die Contest!

I have seven copies of DreamSpell Revenge and one copy of Vampire DreamSpell left, so I am going to make them into spectacular prizes!

The first eight people to write an Amazon or B&N review on And Every Man Has To Die will win a free copy of either DreamSpell Revenge or Vampire DreamSpell!  First come, first serve on the single copy of the vampire anthology.

DreamSpell Revenge features my short story, "Prank Call." DreamSpell Revenge features my short story, "For the Sake of Art."

And Every Man Has to Die is the fourth book in the River City series of crime novels. Here is the summary:

Every city has organized crime. But only River City has a Russian gangster like Valeriy. He is meticulous, cunning, and willing to sacrifice anything -- and anyone -- to see his conquest through.

In Val's way are the men and women of the River City Police Department, including rookie B.J. Carson. She's trying to fill the shoes of a legend while the pressures of patrol and her own past are catching up to her. She and her fellow officers must unite to face down the single greatest organized threat River City has ever seen.

In this complex and engrossing novel of crime, justice and relationships. there are plotters and detectives, usurpers and leaders. Plans within plans. And in the end, the price of victory can be high...and every man has to die.
     

Get your copy today, or catch me at an appearance!         

Friday, April 15, 2011

Release Party and Appearances!


COMING May 3rd!
 My fourth River City novel, And Every Man Has To Die, will be released on May 3, 2011.  The release party for the book will be the previous Saturday, April 30th at Halletts Chocolates (1003 E. Trent) from 12-4 PM. You can get your copy a few days early, and have it signed!

If you can't make it to the release party, my first bookstore stop will be Auntie's Bookstore on May 5 from 7-9 PM. That is a great event, because there is a quick reading, a question and answer period and then the signing. Lots of fun!

After that, I'll be making a number of bookstore appearances, and more are coming. Here's the current itinerary:

April 30 12-4 PM RELEASE PARTY at Halletts Chocolates, 1003 E. Trent, Spokane

May 5 7-9 PM Auntie's Bookstore, 402 W. Main, Spokane

May 20th 5-8 PM Hastings, 15312 E. Sprague (near Sullivan), Spokane

June 11th 5-8 PM Hastings, 2512 E. 29th, Spokane

June 25th 12-2 PM Seattle Mystery Bookshop, 117 Cherry Street, Seattle

Hope to see you at one or more of these events!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Coming May 3rd - AND EVERY MAN HAS TO DIE!

River City Book #4,
released May 3!
My fourth River City novel, AND EVERY MAN HAS TO DIE, will be released on May 3, 2011 from Gray Dog Press.

Russian gangsters 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.

There will be a book release party at Halletts at Riverwalk (1003 E. Trent) on April 30, from 12-4 PM. Get your (signed!) copy early!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Mystery Writing Workshop

Along with my writer friend, T. Dawn Richard, I am teaching a mystery writing workshop in April.  The event is hosted by the Idaho Writer's League (Coeur d'Alene chapter).

We will be exploring how to write a "killer" mystery or add an element of mystery to your story or novel that is in another genre.

Beginning and experienced writers welcome!

See the flyer for contact information.  We'll be meeting at a "secret" location that is way cool.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

THE LAST HORSEMAN: eBook 99 Cents; Paperback available everywhere

The title says it all, my friends.  My latest novel, The Last Horseman, is available in eBookfrom all of the regular outlets (Amazon, B&N, etc.) now priced at just 99 cents! 

The paperback  is also available, from all of the same outlets, priced at $12.99 (or less).

Description:  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.

This is the first book featuring Sandy Banks. The next will be called Some Kind of Hell. Look for that later in 2011 or early 2012, depending on how things go.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

THE LAST HORSEMAN available in Paperback!

My new novel, The Last Horseman, is now available in paperback.  You can get your copy here: https://www.createspace.com/3540628.  It will also be available through all other book outlets.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Review of THE LAST HORSEMAN

Author and reviewer Debbi Mack gives The Last Horseman five stars.  Here's her take:

Sandy Banks is part of a team -- or was, anyway. He ends up being the last man standing of a vigilante group called The Four Horsemen. Banks has one last assignment to complete should he choose to take it. One assignment that stretches into two, actually. You know the old saw: Quit while you're ahead? Banks should probably have done just that.


The second assignment is the one that plunges Sandy into turmoil and throws his already troubled life into deeper chaos. Because now that Sandy has lost his only remaining partner-in-vigilantism Brian, he's lost his taste for doing the Horsemen's work. He wants out badly.

Meanwhile, a couple of FBI agents are on his tail. And he's not shaking them off anytime soon.

Plus, who's that guy and that woman he's screwing who gave him the second assignment, anyway?

Frank Zafiro has stepped up his game considerably in this thriller/police procedural/crime novel. The plot is packed with startling plot twists, one after the other, that knit together as a whole as seamlessly as any book I've ever read.

Even though he's a vigilante (i.e., a murderer), Sandy is a protagonist the reader can essentially like. Zafiro does an excellent job of explaining where his inner demons originated and how they motivated him to get involved with the outlaw group. In fact, there's all sorts of interesting stuff about Sandy you get to know, but to talk about it would be a spoiler, so I won't.

One more thing. The book explores the gray areas of what constitutes doing the right thing, achieving justice and how difficult it is to determine when one is crossing the line between good and evil.

This book kept me turning the pages late into the night, wondering if Sandy would end up on the hook and twisting in the wind? Or would he end up riding off into the sunset?

Highly recommended. As if I have to spell that out. :)
 
You can find Debbi's best-selling, hard boiled crime novels Identity Crisis and Least Wanted on Amazon Kindle for 99 cents. They are well worth your time.  You can follow her excellent review blog at:  http://thebookgrrl.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Last Horseman is Now Available!

My new crime fiction novel, The Last Horseman, is now available via Kindle on Amazon!


Kindle version available Now
at Amazon.com!
 Here's the description:  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.

This is a stand alone novel, not River City, but set in Spokane. 

If you're not  Kindle reader, The Last Horseman will be available in paperback within a couple of weeks.  I will have an event so that people can get their copy directly from me (it'll be a little cheaper than from Amazon, and no shipping!).  It is also available on Barnes and Noble's Nook on the B&N site and other formats on Smashwords.com.

If you'd like to pre-order a print copy of this book, send me an email at frankzafiro@msn.com or via Facebook.

If you're looking for a fast paced read with a some action, some mystery and some justice, then The Last Horseman is for you! 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Novels coming out in 2011!

There will be several Frank Zafiro novels released in 2011.

Gray Dog Press will release And Every Man Has to Die, the fourth installment of the River City crime series.  Look for this about April 2011.

I am independently releasing several other novels.  The first of these will be The Last Horseman, a short, fast-paced crime fiction novel.  Look for it sometime within the next thirty days.

Another independent release is Waist Deep, which tells the story of Stefan Kopriva's search for redemption ten years after the events in Heroes Often FailWaist Deep will be out in March, hopefully, but definitely in the first part of the year.

There are several other projects in the works, but I won't say anything about those until they are closer to release.  But if you're in the mood for some Frank Zafiro books, then 2011 will be a good year for you.  Fire up the Kindle or pick your favorite spot on the sofa to crack open the paperback, because they are on the way!