On Sunday, March 16, Spokane-area author Frank Zafiro announced on his Facebook page that his anthology "Tales of River City" would be free from Monday, March 17 to Thursday, March 20 as part of his ongoing March Craziness book promotion.
"Starting tomorrow, and until March 20th, my bundled short story collection 'Tales of River City' will be free on Amazon," Zafiro said. "This bundle contains the full length short story collections 'Dead Even', 'No Good Deed', and 'The Cleaner', plus 14 bonus stories. A $2.99 value, free!"
According to the page dedicated to the collection on Zafiro's website, "Tales of River City" is available exclusively from Amazon as a Kindle ebook. The anthology features a large number of crime fiction stories set in River City, a thinly disguised version of Spokane, Wash. where Russian gangsters, missing mummies and serial robbers make life more exciting and colorful than in the real world counterpart.
"Dead Even" collects 15 River City stories and groups them by which characters are featured as the protagonists. Many characters from the River City novels appear in those stories, but familiarity with the series is not required to enjoy them. "The Cleaner" collects 17 more stories, five of which originally appeared in an anthology called "Seven by Seven" focusing on the seven deadly sins. "No Good Deed" features more stories grouped by character, including two stories that are also available in the free collection "In the Shadow of El Paso."
"Tales of River City" also includes 13 bonus stories and a poem. At least two of the additional stories originally appeared in anthologies called Dreamspell Revenge and Vampire Dreamspell, but several of them would be difficult to track down if Zafiro hadn't included them as part of the collection.
"Tales of River City" usually retails for $2.99. "Dead Even" is available in ebook formats for $.99 and also in a print edition from the Spokane-based publisher Gray Dog Press. The other two volumes collected in the bundle also retail for $.99 as Amazon Kindle ebooks. People who prefer print editions may order the books in paperback from Amazon and CreateSpace. The bonus content makes "Tale of River City" a great bargain already, but it is hard to beat getting all those stories for free.
Crime fiction lovers who would like to learn more about what Zafiro has in store for March Craziness should follow his Twitter feed. He often posts updates that would be important to his readers about free giveaways, upcoming appearances and other items of interest.