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Waist Deep Paperback – July 2, 2011
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 http://frankzafiro.com or his blog at http://frankzafiro.blogspot.com. He also writes under his given name and you can check that out at http://frankscalise.com.
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Zafiro partially redeems himself in 'Waist Deep,' a story about disgraced ex-cop Stefan Kopriva’s search for a high school friend’s missing daughter.
Kopriva is very realistic. He has physical and psychological injuries from his time on the force that sometimes hamper him in his quest for answers. He gets into several confrontations that don’t always end with him on top. He fights his desire for booze and sometimes loses. He still carries a torch for a woman he loved and lost.
Unlike 'Beneath A Weeping Sky,' 'Waist Deep' is taut if not always fast-paced. But those slow spots show just how slow and plodding an investigation can be. And it leaves the reader with a faint hope that Stefan Kopriva just might redeem himself down the road.
Frank Zafiro is back on my ‘To Read’ list.
As with all of Mr. Zafiro's books, the characters are true to life, the story is compelling, and the end is believable (although not always satisfying).
But somehow Frank pulls it off with his character, Stefan. He's difficult to like or to even have that much sympathy for. But he is ultimately pure good guy and a decent enough detective to keep me reading.
Stefan's pathetic life and the author's almost strict attention to the details of physics and laws that keep most of us, including Stefan, from being super heroes was almost a gimmick. It leaves me wondering whether Stefan will be as interesting without being so plagued wth problems.
...that is if you love detective novels, yet are tired and bored with the "typical" detective novel. Stef, hasn't been a cop in over 10 years...he screwed up big time, so much he was even credited with a miscue that inadvertently caused the death of a 6 year old kidnap victim. Drowned out through injuries and ridicule, he left the force...losing the one person who loved and believed in him, down into alcoholism and poverty. I know, not much of a resounding "READ ME", but this is where the story gets interesting. In a chance to find a missing 16 year, he rediscovers himself against all odds. Can't say anymore without giving storyline away, only to say I read over a hundred detective and mystery stories annually, and this one kept me on the edge of my seat till the final page...can't wait to start the next one!
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