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Some Degree of Murder [Kindle Edition]

Frank Zafiro , Colin Conway
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Y9ZU78
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept Me Guessing! July 17, 2012
"Some Degree of Murder" by Frank Zafiro and Colin Conway is 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.

This book offers great perspective from the viewpoints of Officer John Tower and Virgil Kelley as they both work to reach a common goal: finding out who killed Fawn and Serena. After navigating the streets of River City and suffering many setbacks, they finally unlock the mystery of two anonymous prostitutes that disappeared within weeks of each other.

"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! This is definitely worth reading if you like fiction that reads as a non-fiction novel!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
What could be better than a new book by a crime fiction author from Spokane, Washington? How about a collaborative work by two local crime fiction authors?

Frank Zafiro, the author of novels such as "And Every Man Has to Die" and "The Last Horseman", collaborated with Colin Conway, whose work has appeared in anthologies such as "The Ex-Factor" and "Spokane is Still Deader Than Dead", on a novel called "Some Degree of Murder."

"Some Degree of Murder" takes place in Zafiro's River City, a setting that he describes as "a thinly veiled version of Spokane." Several characters from other River City novels and short stories appear in supporting roles throughout the book. Readers who are familiar with Zafiro books such as "Waist Deep" and the short story anthology "Dead Even" will enjoy seeing some old friends again, but that knowledge isn't necessary to enjoy the novel.

The book features two first-person narrators who appear in alternating chapters.

Conway's chapters focus on Virgil Kelley, a "fixer" from southern California who travels to River City to get revenge for the murder of his daughter Fawn.

Zafiro's chapters focus mainly on Detective John Tower from River City's Major Crimes Unit, who long-time readers will remember from the novel "Heroes Often Fail." Tower is trying to find Fawn's killer before Kelley does.

Kelley's methods are sometimes crude, but they work. During the early parts of the book, he makes far more progress in finding the man who killed Fawn than Tower does as he delves deeper and deeper into River City's seedy underbelly.

Tower has to operate within the framework of the law, so it takes him more time to track down the same leads Kelley already discovered.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good yarn October 27, 2012
By Bevan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An engrossing enough yarn but using the `first person' narrative for different characters can be a little disconcerting until you get used to it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ok murder story. October 23, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Readable crime story, but not really great. Writing style ok, I was able to at least finish this one. Characters shallow and one dimentional, fairly predictable. Gratuitous use of description in crime scene depictions, shows promise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars To what degree and how relative is it? May 3, 2012
Some Degree of Murder by Frank Zafiro and Colin Conway couldn't have a better title. There are so many implications just in the name. Everything is a matter of degrees. All things are relative to where you are at any given point in your life.

There is always some good within bad and some bad within good. Sometimes good intentions cause people to do bad things, sometimes bad people do things that are actually good, sometimes bad things happen to good people, and sometimes bad things that are done are actually for the good of everyone.

The characters alone personify the degrees of good and bad that makes us human. A mother seeking vengeance for a daughter brutally raped and killed. A absentee father trying to do right by his child because of his career choice. A cop who toes the line of right and wrong so often that's only a minute step to crossing over the threshold permanently. Prostitutes and strippers trying to survive on the streets, but wanted to do the right thing for one of their own. The streets themselves teeming with people stereotyping all the "bad" people: biker gang, pimps, drug dealers, etc.

Some Degree of Murder 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is ok. November 18, 2012
By Debbie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book is pretty good. The biggest thing I don't like is that it is done as a serial. Yes, I did know this when I purchased the book. However, as this is my first serial purchase, I must admit that I thought the chapters would come in bigger packages and more frequently. You only get about 3 chapters, which I read very quickly... then you have to wait another full 2 weeks until the next edition arrives. This could have been done in like 3 installments and I would have been happy. I am not sure I will buy another serial again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great
well written and very good plot, it was a very interesting read held my interest during the whole time i was reading the book
Published 20 days ago by Mary
1.0 out of 5 stars Way too violent
Couldn't really get the plot line down as their were just too many bodies littering the story. My apologies to the author - but I am really not sure where he was trying to lead... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Strong
4.0 out of 5 stars Double Dtto
This was a fun read even when it became predictable. Having had some professional experience with police actions I appreciate the authenticity of most of the writing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stevo
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Degree of Murder
I have read a lot of Frank Zafiros' books and enjoyed all of them. This one was pretty intense and bloody. It was ok
Published 1 month ago by moviebuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Book to read
I love to read mysteries and this book kept my interest all the way through. I would recommend this to anyone who likes mysteries.
Published 2 months ago by Dottie Benedetti
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling 4.5 star read!
What makes this police procedural so fascinating is not the story itself, which is well told, with a gritty sense of realism, deftly drawn characters, and dialogue straight from... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Beth Camp
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank Zafiro's crime novels now MONOPOLIZE the space on my Kindle!
This author has not yet failed me......bit by bit Zafiro's material is monopolizing the space on my Kindle. Read more
Published 7 months ago by D.S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad first book
I did enjoy this book. The author needs a little more time to develop his characters more but I found myself sympathizing with both Virgil Kelley and John Tower. Read more
Published 10 months ago by N. Peters
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Likes this storyline. You can't help but be drawn in. Believable story. That's kinda scary. My advice is read it and the next in the series as well.
Published 12 months ago by rachel p canan
4.0 out of 5 stars First book by him
This is the first book I've read by this author, but I'll read more! I liked the the first person story telling by both main characters.
Published 12 months ago by Marcella Childs
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