Zach Fortier’s “CurbChek” is a gritty, fictional account of actual calls that Zach was assigned to during a 28 year career as a police officer. The novel is written in the style of a memoir and takes you into the day to day life of an officer on the streets. They see the darker side that most of us, hopefully, never encounter.
We’re shown the precinct politics and pecking orders that make an already difficult job even more complicated. The cases span his career and illustrate the change in mindset from a rookie cop to a veteran on the force. There’s everything from domestic violence, drug gangs and drive-by’s to prostitution and date rape. Zach uses common sense and compassion with the criminals to defuse situations as opposed to escalating them with hotheaded heavy handedness.
“CurbChek” definitely gives you a greater appreciation for what our police officers encounter while keeping our communities safe. It’s a fascinating read and I recommend it to anyone interested in learning what it would be like to be on the ground fighting crime and keeping us safe.