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"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.
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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 five 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 occurred. 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. Zach's fifth book is just out and is titled "Landed On Black" and covers the constant state of hyper-vigilance required to survive the double crosses and betrayals that occurred on the streets and in the police department. Zach's latest book "I am Raymond Washington", provides the reader with an unprecedented look into the life of the original founder of the Crips gang. Filled with eyewitness accounts and recollections from friends and family give the reader a look into the life of the Original Crip. If you like True Crime, take a look at Zach Fortier. You wont be disappointed.

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  • File Size: 6376 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615816126
  • Publisher: Steele Shark Press; 2nd edition (January 8, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IC6DQA
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2013 Readers Favorite Bronze medal winner
2014 Readers Favorite Gold and Silver medal winner
Finalist in 2014 Chanticleer Book awards contest
2015 IPPY Bronze Medal winner
2015 semi finalist Kindle Book Awards (X2)
2015 Finalist in the IAN book awards (X2)
2015 Readers Favorite Bronze medal winner
2015 Readers Favorite Finalist true crime/non fiction(x2)
2015 Finalist Kindle Book Awards

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 five 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 occurred. 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. Zach's fifth book is just out and is titled "Landed On Black" and covers the constant state of hyper-vigilance required to survive the double crosses and betrayals that occurred on the streets and in the police department. Zach's latest book I am Raymond Washington, provides the reader with an unprecedented look into the life of the original founder of the Crips gang. Filled with eyewitness accounts and recollections from friends and family give the reader a look into the life of the Original Crip. If you like True Crime, take a look at Zach Fortier. You wont be disappointed.

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112 of 117 people found the following review helpful By T. Sparks on February 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By oldwiseman on 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Celine on February 7, 2012
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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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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By SenieBG on August 23, 2011
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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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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Shubooti on January 27, 2013
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At only three chapters in, I stopped reading, and removed this poor attempt at writing from my Kindle. It appeared to be written on a grade six level, and by someone boasting of his superiority over everyone, and attemting to show how many bad words he knows. Having years of both military and civilian police experience myself, I found the book (?) Far from a good description of either. And the filthy language unnecessary and distasteful. I got the title without cost from the daily free books, and still felt cheated for the effort and time wasted.
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