A recent article by fellow Examiner Anthony Schultz brought back memories of some recent blog posts by local author Frank Zafiro. As part of a month-long giveaway contest he conducted in August, Zafiro asked his readers who should play some of his characters in a movie based on the popular River City crime fiction novels.
The River City series includes several novels, a novella and three short story anthologies set in River City, a thinly disguised version of Spokane where Russian gangsters and disgraced New Jersey mobsters live alongside quirky small time criminals more like the people law enforcement officers might run across in the real Lilac City.
The novels, which are available now from Amazon and the Spokane-based Gray Dog Press, are procedural stories focusing on the fictional River City Police Department. The shorter stories deal with a broader range of characters and just about every type of crime fiction tale from light-hearted mysteries to heart breaking character studies.
Zafiro fans had a lot of fun talking with him on Facebook about casting choices for recurring characters such as Thomas Chisolm, Katie MacLeod or the administrator everyone loves to hate Lieutenant Alan Hart. It wasn't much of a stretch to start imagining what a movie based on the first River City novel "Under a Raging Moon" might look like if the Spokane-based North by Northwest Productions decided to tackle the film project.
"Under a Raging Moon" doesn't have much in common with North by Northwest crime films such as "Give 'Em Hell Malone" or "Lies & Illusions", but the company could probably do the story justice while shooting in real Spokane locations Zafiro used in the book.
Please view the list to see some suggestions about who could play Zafiro's characters in the motion picture version of "Under a Raging Moon."