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Waist Deep (Stefan Kopriva Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Frank Zafiro
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When disgraced former cop Stefan Kopriva is asked by an old high school classmate to find a runaway sixteen year old girl, he reluctantly accepts. Driven by guilt over a terrible mistake that drove him from the force more than ten years earlier, Kopriva battles old injuries, old demons and long ago memories as he unravels the mystery of the missing Kris Sinderling...and seeks his own redemption.

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About the Author

Frank Zafiro is the pen name for Frank Scalise. Frank became a police officer in 1993 and is currently a captain. He has written and taught courses at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy, written several college courses in police subject matter and co-authored A Street Officer’s Guide to Report Writing. Frank is the author of numerous novels and short stories, including the River City series of crime novels and the crime thriller, THE LAST HORSEMAN. WAIST DEEP is the first Stefan Kopriva mystery. In addition to writing, Frank is an avid hockey player and a tortured guitarist. His wife, Kristi, is about the only person who will watch him do either activity. You can keep up with him at or his blog at He also writes under his given name and you can check that out at

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  • Print Length: 286 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00538W83Q
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
It's been over a decade since Stefan Kopriva was on the River City Washington Police Force. The years have not dimmed the harsh memories of many inside or outside law enforcement regarding Kopriva. The years have not been kind to Kopriva either as he can't forget the past any more than anyone else. He lived it and is acutely aware, even when his body isn't hurting with every step, of what his actions cost him and others.

Brawling at the local hockey game hadn't been the plan. But the brawl happened and because of that Kopriva runs into Matt Sinderling. Back long ago they both had been in high school doing their own things. They weren't friends, didn't hang out with each other, or have any real contact other than passing each other in the hall.

In the here and now, Matt has a 16 year old daughter who has run away. Matt can't find her and wants Kopriva's help. Matt figures a former cop will do better looking for Kris than those active on the River City Police Force. Kopriva knows full well how little the police will do on the case and also knows that he is no way the best option for Matt. But, Matt is heartbreakingly desperate and does not care that Kopriva isn't licensed as a private investigator or anything else. All he wants is his little girl, who has grown up to be quite the seductive beauty, back home alive. Kopriva eventually agrees and begins a case that will test him physically and mentally on violence filled tour of the underbelly of River City.

What has always set the Frank Zafiro novels and short stories apart from many is his ability to pull you completely into his world. Not only does the author have an extensive background in police work, he brings the job alive to readers in ways not often seen in mystery fiction.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Best To a Ride-Along! August 20, 2011
Stefan Kopriva has lived the last 10 years harboring dark secrets of his time with the police dept. Through a decade of self-destructive behaviors, Kopriva has come to believe his "former" life as a police officer was a complete failure. Wallowing in self-pity he finds himself at his lowest; until his services are requested of an old high school classmate.

Kopriva is asked to find 16-year old Kris Sinderling, who's been missing for two weeks. Reluctantly, he agrees. Encounters with male and female hookers, pimps, pedophiles, thugs and law enforcement keep this book rolling along. While he's investigating Kris' disappearance he's constantly pestered by grim reminders of his previous failures as an officer. His sheer determination to redeem himself is the only thing that keeps him going. Redeeming himself by saving Kris.

Frank's experience and knowledge of law enforcement partner up with telling a story that could very well be true. Throughout the book you will feel as though you are on a ride-along with a police officer. This book is a tough one to put down! Very realistic and addictive!

Though it's not a fairy tale ending, you will find yourself asking "why?" at the end of the book. Unsettling and satisfying at the same time. If there's a sequel to "Waist Deep" you can bet I'll be reading it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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"Waist Deep" is a powerful story of corruption and redemption set in Frank Zafiro's River City universe.

River City is a fictionalized version of Spokane, Washington where some of the names have been changed and the criminals are a little more colorful than they are in real life. Readers from the Spokane area will recognize many locations and most of the street names, which adds an element of fun to Zafiro's suspenseful, tightly plotted and occasionally very grim procedural stories.

"Waist Deep" is basically a sequel to "Heroes Often Fail", the second book in the River City crime series. The new book is set in 2005, 10 years after former police officer Stefan Kopriva made a devastating mistake and resigned in disgrace. At the beginning of the novel, Kopriva is trying to get by as best as he can in one of River City's oldest neighborhoods and doing a bad job of putting his past behind him.

Kopriva is given a chance to atone for his sins when somebody he knew in high school asks him to find his missing 16-year-old daughter. After finally overcoming his reluctance to take the case, he embarks on a quest that reveals dark secrets in a quiet upscale neighborhood and forces him to confront unpleasant truths about himself.

"Waist Deep" smoothly transitions from an examination of Kopriva's demons, such as a history of alcoholism and a failed relationship with Detective Katie MacLeod (an important character in the River City series) to Kopriva quickly making the best of a bad situation. His journey ends on a somewhat somber note, but he is clearly more hopeful than he was at the beginning of the book. If the final sentence doesn't haunt you for a while, you have no heart.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book October 22, 2012
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Just a little too much sex for me. I like mysteries that don't rely on sex to hold the reader's interest. There were a lot of interesting reading, but for me just a little too much sex.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this series.
Published 3 months ago by Debra F. Doeltz
5.0 out of 5 stars Kopriva is a flawed but imo awesome hero.
Waist Deep is a very interesting book.....Kopriva is a flawed but imo awesome hero.
Published 3 months ago by scott
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 6 months ago by Dottie Benedetti
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
As always Zafiro has created a fast reading, captivating book. The characters are real and you feel you actually know them by the end and can't wait fir the next book so you can... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dennis Annear
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like River City Anthology give it a try
I am a fan, (which has been noted in previous ratings) and found the series one of my favorites. I just want more from this author.
Published 15 months ago by Treno
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved iit.
Felt compassion for the main character and read it all in one sitting. It's a good book to go with the River City series.
Published 15 months ago by rachel p canan
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Frank Zafiro
enjoy Stefan Kopriva charactor and tje setting
River City seems so real. I feel right at home
Have read all books with him in them
Published 16 months ago by Doris McCool
4.0 out of 5 stars Waist Deep
I have never read any of Frank Zafiro mysteries before, this one is pretty good. I will probably read another.
Published 17 months ago by Charlotte A. Shipley
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth read
Liked this book a lot. The story line was good and it moved fast enough to keep my interest. Good plot.
Published 17 months ago by L. holben
5.0 out of 5 stars Waist deep review
Easy read from the start to finish! Excellent book that wraps you in and makes you wanting t Stef to to come out winning. I will look for more from this author!
Published 20 months ago by Kelly
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More About the Author

Frank served in the U.S. Army from 1986-91 in Military Intelligence as a Czechoslovak linguist. In 1993, he became a police officer. During his career, he worked as a patrol officer, corporal, and detective. In 2002, he became a sergeant and entered into leadership roles. He was fortunate enough to command patrol officers, investigators, K-9 officers (and their dogs!), and the SWAT team. Frank retired from law enforcement in 2013 as a captain. Since then, he has taught law enforcement subject matter at community college, university, and as an independent consultant. He also teaches a series of writing workshops.

Frank began writing seriously at about thirteen. In 1995, he started the first draft of "Under A Raging Moon," which would become the first book in the River City series of crime fiction.

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. Other novels are set in Spokane proper, such as "The Last Horseman" and "At Their Own Game", or elsewhere, such as the Chicago setting for "Blood on Blood", written with Jim Wilsky.

Frank has been rated the #1 author for police procedurals on Amazon, and remains one of the top ranked authors in that Amazon category. Frank's books are available in all formats -- paperback, ebook, and audio book.

In addition to novels, dozens of Franks' short stories have been published in magazines (print or online) and numerous anthologies.

Frank also write mainstream fiction under his real name, Frank Scalise, including his hockey novel "All That Counts" (Gray Dog Press,February 2010) and a children's series about Sam the Hockey Player, which began with the middle grade title "The Hardest Hit."

Frank resides near Spokane, Washington, with his wife and son. He is an avid hockey fan, reader, movie lover, and a tortured guitarist.

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