Don Massenzio must surely be on the must-read lists of thriller and noir readers. He has been in the book business for some time now and his new book “Frank Incensed” has just been released so get a copy.

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Quickly, give us the title and genre of your book and a short tagline:

Let Me Be Frank: A Frank Rozzani Detective Story – A tragedy changes the life of one of Frank’s closest friends.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Anywhere from young adults to seniors. It is an engaging mystery without a preponderance of violence, sex or profanity.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

It is based on the first name of the main character.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

I have a cover artist in Pakistan that I use quite frequently. He is very good at devising an image based on a synopsis of the book.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

I would say Clifford Jones or “Jonesy.” He is a bit of a smartass and the ultimate sidekick with great skills.

How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?

There is no one character, but the collective scum that Frank and Jonesy must deal with to solve their case would be my least favorite.

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?

Really, nothing comes to mind.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

It was reviewed by an ex-New Orleans police officer who felt that the scenes in New Orleans were quite accurate.

What other books are similar to your own? What makes them alike?

Some Elmore Leonard and John D. MacDonald books.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?

I am a musician, and I write and arrange music.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

Through my website: http://www.donmassenzio.com

What can we expect from you in the future?

Another book in the Frank Rozzani series as well as a book of short stories and a non-fiction book that will consist of tips for self-published writers.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

Reviews are always helpful along with spreading the word to friends and family.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

Keep at it. Write every day. Don’t get discouraged, and don’t be put off by the stigma of self-publishing, but be sure to hire a competent editor and use beta readers.

And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

“Jonesy, he’s got her!”

Clifford “Jonesy” Jones had just finished surfing and was getting ready to head back to his surf shop when he received the frantic call from Frank.

“Who got whom? What are you talking about?”
“He killed Sarah and now he’s got Nancy. I’ve got to go after him.”
“Frank. Calm down, what the hell are you talking about.”
“No time. I’ve got to go after him.”
“I’ll be right there.”

Jonesy threw his long board into the back of his Ford F-150 and sped to Frank’s trailer. When he pulled in, Frank was throwing duffel bags into the trunk of his car.

“What’s going on Frank? Where are you headed?”

Frank was intent upon loading his car and, at first; it seemed that he might not answer Jonesy. Finally, he stopped and looked up.

“This is bad. Really bad. This guy is ruthless. He tortured Sarah. I can’t let it happen to Nancy.”
“Frank. You’re saying it’s the same guy that killed your wife? How did he know you were here? How did he know about Nancy? Where are you chasing him to?”
“I just can’t deal with this right now. I just can’t…I’ve gotta go.”

Frank got into the car and started it up. Jonesy dropped his keys and as he picked them up, Frank put the car in gear and spewed a cloud of dirt and sand as he sped out of the driveway and headed north on A1A.

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