Saturday, September 15, 2012

Review # 231: Curb CheK by Zach Fortier

Description: (from GoodReads)
     CurbcheK is the story of a damaged cop, Zach Fortier. Fortier worked in the police department for the city where he grew up. One foot in the world of the cops, courts and legal system. The other in the world of gangs, drugs, thugs and street violence. Where the laws and rules are made by the strongest, the schemers and the most brutal. Read about the transformation of Fortier from a green rookie to a damaged paranoid veteran seeing danger in every situation. Follow along as he walks this tight rope. Trying to make difference, breaking the laws he promised to enforce. This is a story of law and order uncensored.

     This book is not for the fainthearted. Curb CheK is the totally engrossing account of the  gritty police calls handled by officer Zach Fortier - rapes, murders, kidnappings, and thefts, among other heinous crimes. The stories are real, ranging from nauseatingly gruesome to laugh-out-loud absurd. Zach Fortier's feelings towards each case are evident, his well-written narrative a required shock-to-the-system. The world that we live in is not the happy and innocent landscape we imagine as children, but a place filled with hidden dangers - a mix of good and bad - and the author is not afraid to tell it like it is. I have gotten over my preconceived notions of a "perfect world", my interests in biology, psychology, and forensics opening my eyes to a darker side of the human condition, so I am not surprised by the cases described, but I know that it will definitely affect  readers. The subject matter is quite graphic and profanity is common in the narrative and dialogue, however, it is expected given the book's topic, and the area in which it takes place. I will definitely be reading his latest book Curb CheK Reloaded, I just hope that it has fewer grammatical errors because they can be distracting. Curb Chek is one of those rare books that can change how people see those who protect and serve our communities. It is a must read for those in the law enforcement field, or those who want to delve deeper into a nonfiction crime novel. Highly recommended!

Rating: Clean Getaway (5/5)

*** I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

About the Author
     Zach Fortier has had over 30 years experience as a Military Policeman, Deputy Sheriff, and Police Officer. Serving on two SWAT teams. He has held positions as a K-9 handler, gang unit detective, sex crimes investigator, domestic violence crimes investigator, bike patrol officer, chool resource officer and has been assigned to the COPS section (community oriented policing). He was diagnosed with acute PTSD in 2003. Currently living in Denver Colorado. He has three adult children, and is married to an amazing woman. 
Hobbies include photography, weightlifting, and hiking.

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