Carl is a Yankee cop in a small Texas border town. Isabella is a beautiful Mexican woman that everyone in town loves, including the hapless Pete and the wealthy, powerful Jack...but most of all, Carl.
Part romance, part police procedural, IN THE SHADOW OF EL PASO contains two short stories by Frank Zafiro. Both stories explore love, race, class and the ambiguity that exists on the southern border
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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 is currently a 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. He co-wrote "A Street Officer's Guide to Report Writing" with Doug Strosahl, due out in 2012.
Many of Frank’s stories are written under the pen name Frank Zafiro and take place in the fictional setting of River City, a mid-sized city in Eastern Washington, with recurring characters. In addition to several River City novels, over fifty of his short stories have been published in many different anthologies, as well as print and online magazines. These short stories are collected in three volumes ("Dead Even", "No Good Deed", "The Cleaner")
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.
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm not really a fan of short stories and these were very short - 30 pages berween the two. However there is actually good development of the main character whiclh is usuaaly not true in short stories. I liked that he stuck w/ his morals despite what everyone else was doing - also very rare.i
I was not at all satisfied with the eventual outcome of this short story, but upon reflection, I can't see it ending any other way. It depicts the ultimate control that the "haves" can exercise over the "have-nots", and the strong urge of survival normally governing the actions and decisions of the latter. A dark and dusty tale, but well crafted.
A Yankee former soldier rides into a small Texas town and tries to make it a better place to live through his job in law enforcement.