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by Frank Zafiro


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The second, Heroes Often Fail, was originally published in 2007.

The second, Heroes Often Fail, was originally published in 2007. Over fifty of his short stories have been published in ten different anthologies, as well as print and online magazines. His story "Good Shepherd" was a finalist for the 2006 Derringer Award. I have now bought everything of his I can find at any price, except his treatise for cops about how to write their crime reports.

A River City Novel by Frank Zafiro. Six-year-old Amy Dugger is snatched in broad daylight. 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. 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.

RCC02 - Heroes Often Fail, . part of River City Crime Series. A writer owes many debts by the time a novel is finished. The rumor mill at the River City Police Department was grinding, always grinding. I was lucky where this one was concerned. It formed almost fully in my head before I ever put a word on paper. Kopriva was surprised that he missed her already. He added up his score.

Heroes Often Fail book. A tense, frightening tale, and the best River City novel to date. Heroes Often Fail delivers what we've come to expect from Frank Zafiro, sharp-edged dialogue, vivid characters, and an intimate knowledge of the way things work in an urban police department.

Heroes Often Fail: River City, by Frank Zafiro. When a six-year-old girl is kidnapped off a residential street in broad daylight, every cop in River City must rise to heroic levels. Detectives scramble to solve the kidnapping

Heroes Often Fail: River City, by Frank Zafiro. Detectives scramble to solve the kidnapping. Patrol officers comb the streets looking for the missing girl. Racing against time, every cop on the job focuses on finding her. Before it is too late. Before they fail her. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere. The River City series of crime novels begins with Under a Raging Moon. Frank has authored numerous books, including crime novels with Jim Wilsky (Blood on Blood, Queen of Diamonds) and Colin Conway (Some Degree of Murder). Over fifty of his short stories have been published in more than a dozen different anthologies, as well as print and online magazines.

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Series: RIver City, Book 2. By Frank Zafiro. 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 "Lovely, Dark, and Deep", starring Stefan Kopriva, and "Some Degree of Murder", written with Colin Conway.

The men and women of the River City Police Department are sworn to protect and to serve. But when a six-year-old girl is kidnapped off a residential street in broad daylight, each cop must rise to heroic levels. Detectives scramble to solve the kidnapping while patrol officers comb the streets looking for the missing girl. Racing against time, every cop on the job focuses on finding her. Before it is too late. Before they fail her. Heroes Often Fail delivers what we've come to expect from Frank Zafiro, sharp-edged dialogue, vivid characters, and an intimate knowledge of the way things work in an urban police department. A tense, frightening tale, and the best River City novel to date. John M. Floyd, award-winning author of Rainbow's End [An] affecting novel from a writer who knows not only the job, but the grueling toll certain cases can take on the victims and those charged with upholding law and order. Russel McLean, Crime Scene Scotland. Heroes Often Fail is the second River City Crime Novel

Comments: (7)

Tygrarad
Marketed to those interested in the mystery surrounding child abductions, this novel revolves around the personal perspectives of investigating officers toward the victim, the victim's family, crime, and opportunties to provide true service within the community. It also provides insight into the internal operations of a small police force and the decision-making processes within that force, the rewards and the consequences. Obviously familiar with police work and the variety of situations police departments face on a daily basis, the author has provided a largely believable tale. With a few aspects that leave the reader incredulous--one being the attitude the missing girl's family has for her "crazy" grandmother, with neither the mother nor the grandmother communicating the loss of the little girl to each other either before or after the police visit with the grandmother (even the most distant of mothers and daughters would normally contact each other, however briefly, when such tragedy happens)--the true focus of this story is the interaction of the police officers with each other and the manner in which their actions are characterized by each other, by the people they serve, by their families and by the press. The first book I've read in this series, it is well-written and clearly a good introduction to what promises to be a well-written series of similar stories.
invasion
In my review of the first book in this series, I said it reminded me of Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct series in its accurate portrayal of police work.

Zafiro continues that in this second entry. He handles a cast of multiple characters well, making each one anything but a cardboard cutout (although I confess to having trouble keeping some of the secondary ones straight from time to time). None of his main characters are perfect. They make mistakes and get things wrong. Nor are they robots. Their actions – successes and failures – affect them and they react to them. And they aren’t all shining angels. Some are incompetent, lazy, arrogant, or more concerned with advancing their career.

Nor does Zafiro candy-coat everything. Some crimes don’t have happy endings. Sometimes an innocent pays the price for an officer’s mistake. That’s the way real-world police work is.

All of this makes these stories real.

If there are any candidates for the crown Ed McBain wore for over 50 years, Frank Zafiro leads the pack.
Freighton
Another great cop story from this author, about the abduction of a six-year old girl. Moves along at a fast pace, with lots of intrigue and great interaction between the characters. My mild complaint regarding the first River City mystery was there were too many characters...this one gets it just right...enough people to make it realistic and a deeply involved story, but not so many that you're scratching your head trying to remember who's who. The story is a tragic one, and the personal demons that some of the main players encounter come out via events that occur here. Another thing I appreciate about this author is his courage to call out certain situations as they are, and not dance around political correctness. This is a good story, hard-hitting and sobering. And although certain actions committed by the bad guys are very disturbing, he successfully allows just enough detail that we can surmise what is going on without going into unnecessarily gory detail. Well done, Mr Zafiro.

NOT really a spoiler, but...(The only thing preventing a five-star rating is the last chapter leaves too much open regarding the some of the main characters. Oh well, I guess that's why they call them serials, LOL. Eagerly awaiting the next chapter in the Kopriva/MacLeod saga!)
Winn
You know an author is in the groove when you just keep reading him and reading him until there is no more to read. See my comments below on his first book in the River City series.. For an exceptional price you get some fine "crime" writing.

I have read almost all the current and many former "crime" writers. Frank Zafiro is up there with the best. I bought "Under a Raging Moon" in anticipation of a trip to the Northwest. Once I picked it up, I kept reading until I had finished the entire River City series. Zafiro clearly knows what he is writing about, created interesting, human characters and solid plots. I especially liked the patrol officers point of view, which is often missing from other "police procedurals"
I don't know the publishing situation that allows us to buy these novels at such at great price. Frank Zafiro is a real talent. He may not be Michael Connelly or George Pelecanos yet. But it's great that his work has gotten this exposure. Try one his books, I really believe you will read more.
Pringles
A conversation between two little girls walking home from school turns from innocent to terrifying within the first several pages of "Heroes Often Fail" and the reader is dumped into the cruel and often times frustrating world of the River City police department as the officers assigned to the case struggle with rules versus reason in the desperate search of a kidnapped girl.

Author Frank Zafiro brings back Officer Stefan Kopriva in this, the second book of the River City series (the first book entitled "Under A Raging Moon"). Unlike many police procedural books, "Heroes Often Fail" delves into the main character's head as he struggles to fight off the scars (physical and emotional) caused by a no-win shoot out at the end of the first book. The reader follows Kopriva down cold trails and blind alleys while those around him take sides with his fellow officers.

My Kindle version of "Heroes Often Fail" made it tricky to flip back a few pages whenever I missed a key bit of action but the story read tight and fast. I highly recommend this and the rest of Zafiro's series - warning, though, not to read it as a bedtime story to yourself unless you want to scare up some nasty dreams.

Heroes Often Fail: A River City Crime Novel
Heroes Often Fail: A River City Crime Novel download epub
Mystery
Author: Frank Zafiro
ISBN: 1936178141
Category: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Subcategory: Mystery
Language: English
Publisher: Gray Dog Press (July 15, 2010)
Pages: 282 pages