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Take the ride with "The Last Horseman" by Frank Zafiro

  • Jan 21, 2013
The project was simple and yet complex at the same time. Those involved would right the failures of the justices system. Those criminals, often released on technicalities, whose actions were so egregious that they should have been permanently removed from the planet by the system, would be removed by the group known as The Four Horsemen. These ex-police offices would do what the court system had failed to do---dispense justice.

Over time the project has become unstable and is collapsing due to a variety of factors. Now, Sandy Banks is The Last Horseman and he too has finally had enough. He will finish the assignment that he just received and then he is out.

At least that is his plan. Others have a different agenda for Sandy Banks. While they might like to arrest him they would be okay with killing him in the process as then he couldn't talk about what he knows.

Nobody and nothing is what it seems in this complex mystery thriller from talented author Frank Zafiro known for his River City Crime Novel series that began with Under A Raging Moon the moral implications of police work have been a hallmark of his books. Written by a police officer familiar firsthand with the toll that police work takes, there is realism always present in Mr. Zafiro's books that one does not get from many such novels. That realism along with a heavy duty dose of the always present moral consequences for actions on the job and off is combined here where a former cop is questioning more and more his role in trying to right the wrongs of a failed court system. A system that too many times seems stacked against the good guys.

That moral quandary--upholding the law and yet executing bad guys in the name of justice-- is at the heart of this novel. A novel that contains numerous twists and turns as no one is telling the truth about themselves or others for most of the book. The result is a complex mystery full of nuance and meaning and yet another good book from talented author Frank Zafiro.

Material was supplied by the author a very long time ago in exchange for my objective review.

Kevin R. Tipple ©2013

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My stories have appeared in such magazines such as “Lynx Eye,” “Starblade,” “Show and Tell,” and "The Writer's Post Journal" among others and online at … more
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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." Many of his novels are part of the River City Crime series, with recurring characters. Over fifty of his short stories have been published in twelve different anthologies, as well as print and online magazines. 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.
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