In 1985 Frank Zafiro joined the United
States Army, serving until 1991. While in the Army, Frank worked in Military Intelligence.
In 1993, he joined the Spokane Police Department, where he has worked as a patrol officer, corporal, detective and
sergeant. In 1996, while a police officer, he went to college and ultimately earned a BA in history.
A life-long writer, Frank has written
many short stories and completed five novels. His first published novel, Under a Raging Moon,
was released in June 2006. In that novel, “Zafiro has created a gritty, realistic world out of his own years of experience
in law enforcement.” In Under a Raging Moon, “a serial gunman plagues
River City, a fictional city of about 250,000 people located in Northeast Washington State. As the gunman
becomes increasingly dangerous and violent the police are hampered by internal politics and the hand of fate.
Frank adds tension and humanity to the work as we see the police struggling to capture the gunman while working through
their own personal demons and crises.”
In his second published novel, Heroes
Often Fail, “Six-year-old Amy Dugger is snatched in broad daylight. River City's finest begin the
desperate and arduous search for her kidnapper. Detective John Tower, Detective Ray Browning, Officer Stefan Kopriva, Officer
Katie MacLeod--each holds a piece of the puzzle. Whoever can fit it all together will be Amy's--and all of River City's--hero.
They must find Amy's kidnapper. Before it's too late.”
Many of Frank Zafiro’s stories
and novels take place in River City and focus on members of the police department. As the short stories
and novels follow the threads of different lives and events, the reader experiences the richness and complexity of mid-size,
middle class city, it people, crime and protectors.
According to one reader of Heroes
Often Fail, “In most police procedurals, the protagonist (hero) may stumble, but in the end he or she
prevails. Frank Zafiro's world is a more realistic one. His characters are heroic - they put themselves on the line every
day on the streets of River City. But like everyone else who does a job day after day, they don't always succeed in what
they try to do, either because of their own mistakes or because success simply isn't possible. Zafiro's characters
must try to survive their failures in a job where the line between success and failure may also be the line between life and
In Heroes Often Fail,
the suspense builds as the police search for an abducted child. Zafiro kept me turning the pages without resorting to obvious
plot devices - suspending my disbelief was never an effort. I cared about the characters throughout. And in the end, few things
turned out as I had expected.”