Heroes Often Fail


Heroes Often Fail

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

What They Are Saying:

"[a] complex police procedural with multi layered characters, a rich setting, and plenty of action." Kevin Tipple, independent reviewer

"[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.

"Strap yourself in for this citizen's ride-along! Frank Zafiro pits cop against perp in the race to save six-year-old kidnap victim Amy Dugger. The problem for the River City PD is that Amy's abductor isn't the only creep in town. Zafiro not only drops us right into the precinct during business hours, but he also succeeds at presenting the human side of cops. We come to know these men and women who risk everything to do their duty. We hope they become heroes. And we pray they do not fail." Jill Maser, award-winning author of UNSPOKEN

"Heroes Often Fail is a riveting, intimate account of a parent's worst nightmare and the men and women of the River City Police Department. The author skillfully portrays the protagonist's inner conflict. Moving and real. Impossible not to get caught up in the emotional roller coaster crafted by this talented writer." T. Dawn Richard, author of the May List Mystery Series 

"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

"A riveting, suspenseful novel in both the human condition as well as storyline.  Excellent!" Cynthia Lea Clark, FMAM Magazine

"Heroes Often Fail could be one of the most authentic police procedurals I've read. The story appears deceptively simple--a six-year old girl snatched from the streets, but as it jumps around between the lives of the detectives and uniformed officers trying to find her, it adds a more layered, sophisticated texture. Written in short chapters and lean, muscular prose, this is an exceptionally satisfying and engrossing read, and a book that would've made Ed McBain proud!" Dave Zeltserman, author of Bad Thoughts

"A standout amongst police procedurals, Frank Zafiro's Heroes Often Fail does the job of not only showing the nuances of police work, but also the effects of crime on the victims. In a literary world populated (and dulled) by shiny lab technicians and ridiculously elaborate setpieces, Mr. Zafiro never forgets the dirt under the nails approach and the heart of any great story - the characters. The writing is brutally dark and jolting in places, hopeful in others, not an easy balancing act that Mr. Zafiro pulls off seamlessly. A small(er) town offspring of Wambaugh and McBain, it stands amongst the greats and finds enough room to be completely on its own terms." Todd Robinson, editor of Thuglit

About The Author

Frank became a police officer in 1993. During his career, he has served as a patrol officer, corporal, detective (his favorite job), sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. He has written and taught courses in Report Writing and Sexual Assault Investigation at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy. He has also written several college courses in police subject matter. 

Many of Frank's stories take place in the fictional setting of River City, a mid-sized city in Eastern Washington, with recurring characters. His first River City novel, Under A Raging Moon, was originally published in 2006. 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. In 2007, his story "The Worst Door" was a finalist for this same award. Most recently, his story "Dead Even" was a finalist for the 2009 Derringer Award. 

Published 2010 Booksellers please contact Gray Dog Press for information on wholesale accounts.

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