Coming in 2018!
The Ania Trilogy (with Jim Wilsky) featuring BLOOD ON BLOOD, QUEEN OF DIAMONDS, and CLOSING THE CIRCLE... and the new prequel, HARBINGER

Now available!

FALLEN CITY, a crime novel written with Lawrence Kelter!

"Adam Raised a Cain", a short story in Down and Out: The Magazine, Vol 3

Also coming in 2018...!

THE GETAWAY LIST, Frank's third crime novel collaboration with Eric Beetner!

IN THE END (River City #5)

"Details in Black", a short story in the anthology, BLACK CAR BUSINESS, Vol. 2

"Titus, My Brother", a short story in the anthology, THE ODDS ARE AGAINST US

And more!

Coming in 2019

A GRIFTER'S SONG (Season 1) - a six part novella anthology series featuring Frank Zafiro, Lawrence Kelter, JD Rhoades, Gary Phillips, Jim Wilsky, and Colin Conway. Edited by Frank Zafiro

CHARLIE-316 (w/ Colin Conway) - Mar 2019

IN THE CUT - July 2019

Attention Audio Book Lovers: Almost all Frank Zafiro titles are now available in audio book format (the rest are coming soon)! Select your title to see where to get your audio book version of your favorite novel.

Some Degree of Murder

A stand alone River City novel

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. As he digs into the case, he’s soon picking up hints that this murder may not be the killer’s first … or his last.

Virgil Kelly lives in the shadowy world of the criminal underground. He’s just arrived in River City with a single-minded mission: find his daughter’s killer and bury him.

In his search for a murderer, Tower uses his experience and training along with all the expertise of modern forensics.

In the hunt for his prey, Kelley uses intimidation and violence, tools which he wields with precision and anger.

Virgil Kelley and John Tower are on a collision course.

Somebody is going to die.

River City will never be the same.


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“The story is as bleak and cold as a rainwashed murder scene…if you’re still in mourning for Robert B Parker, you might want to visit River City and see if that eases the grief a bit.”

Karen Treanor, New Mystery Reader Magazine


Some Degree of Murder by Frank Zafiro and Colin Conway couldn’t have a better title…[it] entertainingly examines people, what human nature is, and just what people will do when they’re pushed right to the edge of a cliff, whether it’s anger, grief, greed, or simple survival. Once someone takes that final step over the edge, there’s no telling how far they’ll fall, and all their decisions are relative (a degree) of where they’re currently at.”

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“What could be better than a new book by a crime fiction author from Spokane? How about a collaborative work by two local crime fiction authors?…the novel’s structure creates some interesting tension. Things that one narrator experiences help add important details to parts of the book told from the other narrator’s point of view. The reader sometimes knows things already that the narrator doesn’t, which may keep people on the edges of their seats during parts of the story…I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime fiction, strong plots and great dialogue. Even people who don’t normally read this type of story will find many things to love about Some Degree of Murder.”

Brian Triplett,


“…a masterfully written account of River City crime, the intricacies of penetrating secret societies, and hidden relationships found along the way to solving crimes. So much raw emotion is exposed throughout the entire book, giving each reader an idea of what each character is feeling, from the victims to the families, the police officers and the suspects, the by-standers to the completely ignorant…Some Degree of Murder is a well-written story that is difficult to put down and keps you guessing from start to finish. Just when you think you know what’s going to happen, another twist rounds the corner!”

Rhiannon Leppert, from an review


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