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Curbchek 2nd edition [Kindle Edition]

Zach Fortier , Blue Harvest Creative
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 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.
Curbchek debuted at # 11 on in Hot New Releases, and has been listed at the top of Amazon's true crime best sellers listed at #1. Curbchek has been awarded a Bronze Medal  in the 2013 Readers Favorite International Book Awards

Editorial Reviews


"CurbChek" by retired Police Officer Zach Fortier is a gritty, behind the scenes look at the day to day existence of a city patrol officer on night shift.  He exposes the ugly underbelly of office politics hindering good, honest police officers from doing their jobs while under the direction of the egocentric wannabe "brass". In that regard, the street cop faces the same brown-nosing, butt-kissing, back-stabbing, "good old boy" system and nepotism faced by most of the actual working class in this country, and perhaps other countries as well.

Zach Fortier has published four books in this same vein, but it would be wrong to call them "a series". I can't speak about the other three - yet - but "CurbChek" is flawlessly written and utterly fascinating. It is one of those rare books where, when you check the page number you are on, you are amazed at how far you have read since the last time you checked. These stories are nearly impossible to turn away from until you have read them all. Fortier has graphically and accurately portrayed night life in the inner city; a part of life nine-to-five suburbanites do not see, and may not believe. The author has presented an honest look at a slice of real life. You will do yourself a favor to read what he has written.
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite

About the Author

ZACH FORTIER was a Police officer for over 30 years specializing in K-9, SWAT, gang, domestic violence, and sex crimes as an investigator. He has written three books about police work. The first book, CurbChek, is a case-by-case account of the streets as he worked them from the start of his career. The second book, Street Creds, details the time he spent in a gang task force and the cases that occurred. The third book, Curbchek-Reload, is by far the most gritty. The author is danger- ously damaged, suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and the day-to-day violence of working the street. Hero To Zero, his fourth book, details the incredibly talented cops that he worked with but ended up going down in flames. Some ended up in prison and one on the FBI's ten most wanted list. If you are looking for gritty, true crime stories, be sure to check out all of Zach Fortier's novels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6376 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615816126
  • Publisher: Steele Shark Press; 2nd edition (January 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IC6DQA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,360 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A disturbing look into the life of a cop... February 7, 2012
I received a review copy of Curbchek from the author, and was immediately struck by the intriguing cover. Curbchek describes the gritty, day-to-day working life of a cop on the city streets, and that cop's name is Zach Fortier, just like the author. Now, I've actually read quite a few books where the author decides to give the main character their own name, and to be honest, I've never really understood why writers do this. Nonetheless, I started reading, knowing that Fortier based his book on his personal experiences as a police officer.

The book is a series of short chapters, each focusing on a different street incident that takes place in an unnamed city. Some of these stories are fairly banal and even humorous, but most are truly horrific and sometimes shocking. Fortier definitely has a gift for lurid description, and he and his trash-talking fellow cops come across as authentic, if disturbing. But while the crimes themselves are hard to stomach, I found the most disturbing part of Curbchek was the "character" of Zach Fortier. I honestly don't know how much of the book is autobiographical, but if this is the real Fortier, I don't think I want to meet him. In the Preface, he actually describes himself as "damaged," and he's not wrong. Fortier was in the military police before coming over to the civilian side, and his training instilled in him a loathing for authority of any kind. When he started working the streets, he realized he could finally make his own decisions, and many of those decisions come across as downright reckless.

We've all heard about police brutality, and seen it in action on TV, but most of us probably don't think much about it on a daily basis.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surviving September 14, 2011
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Curb Chek tells it like it was and is. I was a part of this when it occurred. What you read is revealing and shocking but for the most part very accurate, understanding it is from the authors point of view. Yet it reveals the pain, tribulations and effects endured by the officers who serve the community of which this book is written. Their world is truly different from what most citizens believe theirs to be. Especially the night which is so graphically and accurately revealed to be. I am glad to see the author put down on paper his experiences and hope it helps him as he continues with his life today. It has helped me realize what pain and inner turmoil I endured as a result of serving in the same community. I am thankful to have survived and retired from it. Thank you for a great read and hope to see you write more.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Reading!! August 23, 2011
By SenieBG
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As a fan of reading I like to find new books that capture my attention from start to finish. Curbchek definitely did that! A friend pointed me in the direction of this book and I must say you will not be disappointed!! Each short story in itself draws you in and keeps your interest. The first few hours I could not put the book down, had to make myself go to bed!! Awesome reading!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting view on the cop theme February 7, 2012
By Celine
When the author asked me to review Curbchek, I had no idea what to expect. It's completely out of my comfort zone. I had nothing to compare it to. And the reviews I read didn't make it any clearer for me at all. So for once, I started reading a book without any prejudices at all.

And it turns out that is what saved the book. Had I expected convoluted plot twists, I would have been disappointed. A psychological thriller about a cop wrestling with his job and personal life? I probably would have been disappointed. Massive action? Nope, that's not it either.

So what is Curbchek? The only way I have of describing it is this: imagine a gruff fifty-something guy in a bar, talking about his life as a cop. He tells you about all of the things he came across while on the force over a beer.

The stories are mostly one to three pages long, written in first person past tense, with a broad variety of subjects. There are drive-by shootings, robberies, gang wars, domestic abuse, murders galore... Our cop Zach has seen it all.

Because I had no idea what to expect, and by not making wrong assumptions, I had fun while reading Curbchek. I had the feeling I was learning a bit about how being a cop works in the US. I learned what SWAT teams really do. I mean, we don't even have those guys over here. It was interesting.

But I did miss an overarching plot. The stories weren't really going anywhere. The first and the last could have been swapped and no one would notice the difference. I like to have something to cheer me on through the last fifty pages, but it was just Zach and me, on our bar stools.

The writing is simple, but does contain quite a bit of cussing. There are some pretty dark stories in here, that might not be for the faint of heart. If you want to spend an evening with Zach, try Curbchek. He has a lot of stories to share.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Now I like cops even less September 27, 2012
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....seriously. This is not a 'novel.' it's more like a series of diary entries from the viewpoint of a self important prick. The stories were graphic, and entertaining enough, but I got tired of the underlying point of each and every one being the author's street smarts, insightfullness, and his certain knowledge that he is smarter than/better than everyone he works with or for. If you're looking for prose of any sort, move along (yes I'm being a smartmouth here). High school level writing- sorry if im insulting high school students. The tipping point for me was when he referred to gays and lesbians as "mentally ill." He tries to qualify it a little, but it's clear enough what his attitude is. One star for haters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars novice police work reader
I was shocked and amazed by police work in a big city. But I was also impressed by the author's ability to relay his experiences in such a sensitive and encompassing manner. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Susan
4.0 out of 5 stars A look into what a cop encounters.
This book was full of short stories about daily crime and how each cop deals with the situation. As in any police department, you have your good cops and your bad cops. Read more
Published 4 days ago by JEAN1949
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book from and war stories from a retired lE
Excellent book. As others have stated it is an easy read with plenty of short stories. I purchased it as an audible book. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Blind Mule
2.0 out of 5 stars A Whole Lot of Nothing
All this ex-cop does is complain about all the other cops on the force with him and the people he comes into contact with during his shifts. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Anna Edmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars straight-talk from a good cop
It was just like we were sitting and chatting and he was relating some of his memorable experiences to me.
Published 29 days ago by DrLittlebear
3.0 out of 5 stars Real Life Crime
Written by Zach Fortier, a former MP and retired police officer, we follow him on some of his real life stories. Short chapters are remembrances of things that happened to him. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S.H.H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
Zach Fortier does a great job of describing his experiences as a police officer. He presents the facts in a basic cut and dry matter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ruth Mora
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put the book down
I have Author Zach Fortier's entire book collection and have enjoyed reading each and every book. Being a cop myself I find his books are a bit more exciting to read then many... Read more
Published 2 months ago by bitchwithabadge
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
As an ex cop I can truly relate to this. I hope he gets around to writing more stories soon.
Published 2 months ago by The Mate
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with this book
Too many unnecessary four letter words. I can't believe he was the only "good cop. Not at all impressed by his attitude.
Published 2 months ago by Francis Butt
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More About the Author

Zach Fortier was a police officer for over 30 years, specializing in K-9, SWAT, gang, domestic violence and sex crimes as an investigator. He has written three books about Police work. "Curbchek" the first book is a case by case account of the streets as he worked them from the start of his 30 career. "Streetcreds" the second book details time Zach Spent in a Gang task force and the cases that occured. The third book is by far the most gritty: "Curbchek-Reload". In "Curbchek-Reload" Zach is damaged and dangerously so, suffering from PTSD and the day to day violence of working the street. "Hero To Zero" is Zach's fourth book and recalls cops he worked with that were incredibly talented but ended up going down in flames, some ended up in jail, prison and one on the FBI's ten most wanted list. If you like True Crime, take a look at Zach Fortier. You wont be disappointed.

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