Examiner readers who live within Spokane’s city limits and have library cards can now check out at least nine of prolific local author Frank Zafiro’s crime fiction novels at Spokane Public Library branches.
All nine of the books currently on the stacks at their Downtown, East Side, Hillyard, Indian Trail, Shadle, and South Hill locations are excellent choices for anyone who loves mysteries, suspense novels or crime fiction. They carry all four of the official novels set in Zafiro’s River City universe, a fictional version of Spokane where some of the place names and other details have been changed. They also carry his suspense novel “The Last Horseman” and several other terrific books.
Readers who prefer more traditional mysteries should appreciate his Stefan Kopriva novels “Waist Deep” and “Lovely, Dark and Deep.” Fans of grittier crime stories may prefer “Blood on Blood”, co-written by Jim Wilsky, or “Some Degree of Murder”, co-written with Spokane author Colin Conway.
Readers on tight budgets in the Spokane area can visit their local libraries and get a pretty good idea of whether or not they want to read more of Zafiro’s excellent fiction. The Spokane Public Library doesn’t carry all of his books, but they carry a nice assortment to help someone who hasn’t read anything yet by Zafiro get started. Please view the list to learn more.
‘Under a Raging Moon’ by Frank Zafiro
“Under a Raging Moon”, available now from Spokane publisher Gray Dog Press, is the first book in Zafiro’s River City crime series. It introduces many of the recurring characters in his books and short stories such as Stefan Kopriva, Katie MacLeod and Thomas Chisolm. The patrol officers of the River City Police Department are trying to end the crime spree of a violent robber.
‘Heroes Often Fail’ by Frank Zafiro
“Heroes Often Fail” chronicles what happens in River City after a six-year-old girl is kidnapped in broad daylight. On the Gray Dog Press website, T. Dawn Richard, author of the May Bell List mystery series said she found it, “Impossible not to get caught up in the emotional roller coaster crafted by this talented writer.”
‘Beneath a Weeping Sky’ by Frank Zafiro
In “Beneath a Weeping Sky,” Katie MacLeod and other members of the River City Police Department are trying to catch a serial rapist. The heinous attacks stir up bad memories for Officers Katie MacLeod and Thomas Chisolm as they work with Detective John Tower to stop the “Rainy Day Rapist.”
‘And Every Man Has to Die’ by Frank Zafiro
In the fourth River City novel “And Every Man Has to Die,” a Russian gangster named Valeriy Romanov tries to carve out a criminal empire in the Pacific Northwest. Spokane residents will appreciate all the local details as Romanov does his best to stay one step ahead of the police.
‘Waist Deep’ by Frank Zafiro
In “Waist Deep”, disgraced former policeman Stefan Kopriva (introduced in “Under a Raging Moon”) is now an amateur sleuth searching for a missing teenage girl. His investigation uncovers dark secrets and eventually leads him to some redemption.
‘Lovely Dark and Deep’ by Frank Zafiro
“Lovely, Dark and Deep” is the second Stefan Kopriva mystery. Fans of Raymond Chandler will appreciate the way that two cases Kopriva is working on reveal graft, corruption and murder in River City.
‘The Last Horseman’ by Frank Zafiro
“The Last Horseman” is a suspense novel set in Spokane. A hit man named Sandy Banks goes after criminals in the Spokane area who somehow slipped through the cracks of the justice system. Before he can retire, he is forced to take one last job by a crooked FBI agent.
‘Blood on Blood’
“Blood on Blood” by Frank Zafiro and Jim Wilsky is a hard-hitting crime novel set in Chicago. Estranged half-brothers Mick and Jerzy Sawyer race against time to find missing diamonds.
‘Some Degree of Murder’ by Frank Zafiro and Colin Conway
“Some Degree of Murder” by Frank Zafiro and Colin Conway is a tale of justice and revenge set in River City. A police detective and a criminal are both searching for the man who murdered a young woman named Fawn. In alternating chapters told from each character’s point of view, the two authors explore some interesting ideas about the law and justice.