Frank Zafiro
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Frank Zafiro

Frank served in the U.S. Army from 1986-91 in Military Intelligence as a Czechoslovak linguist.

In 1993, he became a police officer in Spokane, Washington. 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 in order to write full time and to teach. From 2013-17, he taught law enforcement subject matter at community college, university, and as an independent consultant. He also occasionally taught a series of writing workshops, but mostly he worked on being a full time writer.

Frank earned a BA in History from Eastern Washington University in 1998, and an MS in Administration of Justice from the University of Louisville in 2012.

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 others 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, the first book in the Ania trilogy, written with Jim Wilsky. Books with an East Coast flavor include his "List" series with Eric Beetner beginning with The Backlist, and his novels with Lawrence Kelter, (The Last Collar). He has also partnered with Bonnie R. Paulson in their thriller, The Trade Off.

Frank has held the #1 author spot 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 book series about Sam the Hockey Player, which begins with The Hardest Hit.

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

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    • Some Degree of Murder

    • By: Frank Zafiro, Colin Conway
    • Narrated by: Conor Hall
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Good police story

    • By Bill M. on 03-20-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Hardest Hit

    • Sam the Hockey Player
    • By: Frank Scalise
    • Narrated by: Darren Meekin
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2

    Eleven-year-old Sam Parker is a hockey player entering the first year in which body checking is allowed....

    Regular price: $14.95

    • In the Shadow of El Paso

    • By: Frank Zafiro
    • Narrated by: Craig Jessen
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    Carl is a Yankee cop in a small Texas border town. Isabella is a beautiful Mexican woman whom everyone in town loves....

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Waist Deep

    • A Stefan Kopriva Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Frank Zafiro
    • Narrated by: John Hourigan
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21

    When disgraced former cop Stefan Kopriva is asked by an old high school classmate to find a runaway 16-year-old daughter, he reluctantly accepts....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WAIST DEEP

    • By RJWood on 03-04-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Under a Raging Moon

    • The River City Crime Series, Book 1
    • By: Frank Zafiro
    • Narrated by: Michael Bowen
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    A violent robber is loose in River City. Meet the cops that must take him down....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Realistic characters!

    • By Amazon Customer on 07-28-17

    Regular price: $20.29

    • At Their Own Game

    • By: Frank Zafiro
    • Narrated by: Peter Husmann
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sam Gumshoe all over again

    • By Anne on 12-18-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Last Horseman

    • By: Frank Zafiro
    • Narrated by: Daniel Dorse
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      2 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Story was just like you'd expect from Zafiro.

    • By Trisha Dotts on 07-03-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Bastard Mummy

    • By: Frank Zafiro
    • Narrated by: William E. Fortier
    • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      2 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      1.5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      2 out of 5 stars 5

    Detectives Finch and Elias have seen a lot - murders, assaults, rapes, missing persons - but they've never investigated a missing mummy before....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not one of my favourites

    • By Myrna on 01-08-13

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Heroes Often Fail

    • The River City Crime Series, Book 2
    • By: Frank Zafiro
    • Narrated by: Michael Bowen
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    The men and women of the River City Police Department are sworn to protect and to serve....

    Regular price: $20.29

    • Beneath a Weeping Sky

    • The River City Crime Series, Book 3
    • By: Frank Zafiro
    • Narrated by: Michael Bowen
    • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    River City is plagued by a serial rapist. His attacks are becoming more brutal and Detective John Tower is sure that he’ll go from rape to murder if he isn’t stopped soon....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Um...wait a sec

    • By Lynn on 08-01-13

    Regular price: $24.49

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