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Friday, February 24, 2012

"Some of the experiences are amusing, others are horrifying but all make for an interesting tale."


CurbCheK


by Zach Fortier


Genre: Non-Fiction Crime

Book Synopsis

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.

Bec's Rating





Bec's Review


If I had to describe Curbcheck I would say it is a memoirs or even a collection of short stories (though memoirs fits better). There is no actual overlying plot to curbcheck, rather it tells a series of interesting (and sometimes scary and frustrating) experiences that Zach Fortier has gone through in his life as a cop. Some of the experiences are amusing, others are horrifying but all make for an interesting tale.

It can be a bit disconcerting to read this book if you are expecting a story. There are no events tying experience a to b, and so on. There is no larger picture, no plot and no overarching story. But that doesn’t mean that this book isn’t worth reading. Fortier is honest about his experiences, both good and bad. He shows a brutal honesty when talking about the other police officers, both those he liked and especially the ones he didn’t, and a graphic honesty when describing certain scenes.

This graphic detail in some cases causes me to warn the reader that if they can’t handle confronting scenes, don’t read this book. Rape, murder, drugs, domestic violence, and other crimes are all mentioned within its pages, sometimes in details that may upset the faint hearted. However if that doesn’t bother you and you are interested in reading some real stories about the police force and what goes on behind the image they project to the public, the inner workings and some of the ways that crime is tackled, then definitely give this one a shot. Like me you won’t be disappointed.

Disclaimer: Not recommended for children due to violence.

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