Saturday, 21 January 2012

Curbchek by Zach Fortier

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.

Paperback, 231 pages
Published August 30th 2011

My Review:

Curbchek is such an interesting read, it is a detailed account of police calls handled by Zach Fortier. It is told from Zach's point of view, his voice comes across strong and commands your attention from start to finish.

Zach is brutally honest at all times and he thinks outside the box when doing his job. Being from Northern Ireland myself, the way things are done in America are completely different from here, which makes it all the more interesting for me.

I have always had an interest in what goes on behind the scenes of a police force, and Zach has delivered brilliantly.

Curbchek doesn't read in story form, more like very short stories from all different times and dates in Zach's career as a police officer. It reads well, gritty, realistic with no bullshit.

Some of the cases were shocking, sick and hard to believe a person could do to another human being. And some of the cases were laugh out loud funny, I think Zach found a balance for the different things he put in the book.

Zach was the kind of police man that is hard to come by, he wasn't afraid to make the hard decisions that others wouldn't, he made a stand for what he thought was right even if others didn't agree with his way of thinking. The main thing was, he listened to the public.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Curbchek, it is so different from anything I would usually pick up. Special thanks to Zach Fortier for sending me over a review copy. I'm excited to read Street Creds, Zach's next instalment.

4/5 Stars

Carly :)


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