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Curbchek (Curbchek #1)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  386 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
Curbchek debuted at #11 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list and has been listed in the top ten best sellers in Amazon's true crime best seller list, reaching #1. Additionally Curbchek was awarded a Bronze medal in the 2013 Readers Favorite International book awards contest.

Curbchek is the story of a damaged cop, Zach Fortier. Fortier worked in the police department for the
Paperback, 2nd, 231 pages
Published May 5th 2013 by Steel Shark Press (first published August 20th 2011)
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Nov 01, 2011 Autumn rated it liked it
Review posted on From the TBR Pile on Nov. 16th, 2011

Curbchek doesn't really flow like a novel, it's more like a anthology of vignettes. It's labeled as fiction, but it reads like a non-fiction account of a ride along with a cop on the streets. Some of the stories are more developed than others, some are more interesting, some are better written, some made me roll my eyes at the arrogance.

You might be sensing that this wasn't my favorite book. It wasn't necessarily, because of the choppy style.
Jun 11, 2013 Grampy rated it it was amazing
This book was reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite.

“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. This is fiction only in the sense that the geographic areas in which he worked are not identified, and names are changed to protect the innocent… as well as the guilty.

Officer Fortier relates some incredibly appalling situations in which he played a significant role and some loathsom
Jan 22, 2012 Celine rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
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 b
Kevin Hammond
Aug 19, 2013 Kevin Hammond rated it it was amazing
I had to read this one in less than a day, and im sure that meant I did virtually nothing else on a Sunday, and it was absolutely worth it. I was fascinated by the fact this is true to life stuff and if anyone were to tell me they thought it wasn't true I would need to believe that you just cant make up stuff like this.

most of all, what makes this a great read, is that you are getting to know the guy behind the tale. You get to find out the very human thoughts and emotions behind everything that
George Gutowski
Mar 31, 2013 George Gutowski rated it it was amazing
Zach Fortier knows how to grab you with intense narrative that can only be based on screwed up real experiences. After reading about twenty pages or so I bought the other two books he has writen. Money well spent.

Gritty and tragically funny at times, Zach recounts how those on the wrong side of the tracks exist despite themselves and especially despite a supposedly liberal society that provides for all but then doesn't.

Written as several stories with only the common character of Zach Fortier po
Sandy Wolters
Feb 16, 2013 Sandy Wolters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whew! Amazing read. This is one of those books that took me a long time to get through. Mainly because I would read a chapter and then read it out loud to my husband who enjoyed the book as much as I did.

Each chapter is a specific incident that happened to Mr. Fortier while serving as a police officer. If you're looking for a book to read that will keep you mesmerized, and yet not bog you down because you just don't have time to get through the whole thing at once, this is the perfect book for y
Jul 25, 2013 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
Having enjoyed Fortier's third book (not reading these in order) I went back and found his first book on Amazon for free as well. Unfortunately, this book isn't nearly as well written as Curbchek-Reload : Curbchek's Darker Meaner Cousin. Thankfully it appears he got an editor (or a better one) between then and now.

The stories in this book are much less graphic, but Fortier does a great job telling about life as a cop. I enjoyed that he focused on his coworkers more in this book than in Reload. H
Catherine Coffman
Jul 03, 2012 Catherine Coffman rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
When I received this book for review, I was given fair warning that it’s not based on fiction, and may not be quite what I was expecting. I have a deep and hidden love for crime stories though, so I was willing to give it a shot, and I’m glad I did. While Curbchek doesn’t flow in the manner of a fictional story, the stories related in the book are interesting, funny, astounding, and wrenching at different times, and I am very glad I had the opportunity to review this book.

Zach’s story is not on
Sep 09, 2012 JenniferJ rated it liked it
Shelves: z2012, kindle
This was interesting and also a bit disturbing at times. There were a few moments I was happy I had not just eaten because I may have upchucked but other moments where Zach's adventures had me laughing out loud like when he finds a crossdresser acting out in a canyon.

The book is raw in your face accounts of Zach's military and police life and it is NOT for the faint of heart. It's not all pretty and wrapped up in a bow. This is real life drama and parts of it well...I just had to stop and take a
L.T. Fawkes
Mar 21, 2012 L.T. Fawkes rated it really liked it
The gripping life of a cop told in a series of episodes. All the frustration, excitement, politics, triumphs and tragedies a big city cop has to deal with over the life of his career, told in compelling and well-written fashion. Highly recommend.
Tammy Sparks
Feb 07, 2012 Tammy Sparks rated it liked it
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 h ...more
Apr 05, 2012 Kayleigh rated it really liked it
Curbchek is a behind the scenes, no holds barred look at life as a cop in America. Zack Fortier spent a portion of his life working as a cop both in the army and as part of the police department, and has a valuable position to tell some of the more dark, disturbing and occasionally bizarre stories that occur when you patrol the streets as a cop.

The book takes the form of a loosely chronological patchwork of stand-alone stories and more in-depth chapters which deal with the lessons he learned whi
Jul 31, 2014 Ralph rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-reference
For some people, becoming a policeman can be a calling, a response to idealism, a desire to serve others and to make the world a better place, while others accept the badge much as they would the tools of any other job; still others join the police for all the wrong reasons, and it would have been better for all involved had they instead become bus drivers or plumbers. In "Curbchek," former police officer and detective Zach Fortier takes the reader on an episodic trip through his years as a patr ...more
Aug 31, 2012 Olga rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
We watch crime shows on TV and treat it as just fiction. There's often a clear divide between the bad guys and the good guys and although sometimes the writers of those TV shows show us that things aren't so black and white it's still TV, still fiction. This book isn't fiction. It's the real deal and it shows the ugliness on both sides of the law in no uncertain terms. We're all human, regardless of what we do for a living.
I liked Forthier's no-nonsense style of writing devoid of embellishments
Oct 05, 2011 Aimeekay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
"The reality is any good street cop, the guy you praise and pin medals on, is damaged, really damaged."

This book is amazing, I mean really amazing. Fortier gives a glimpse inside a world that the average person doesn't really know or understand. Both the mental world of the cops who are out there on the street, and the world itself that they are patrolling. The world where "retaliation is a very real fear..." While this statement was directed towards people living with the day to day drama of ga
Jun 03, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing
The crime genre is not one that I have ever read. When Zach Fortier asked me to review Curbchek, I decided it was time to give crime a try. Like the crime genre, not real crime... anyway I digress...

From the first page of Curbchek, I was hooked. Each chapter was a story in and of itself that led through Zach's life as a cop. Usually I don't like reading books where there are lots of little stories within, but I have to admit, Zach won me over with Curbchek. I loved just about every single story
Jan 18, 2012 Lainy rated it liked it
Blurb from Goodreads

Curbchek chronicles the experiences of a Police Officer as he transitions from a new boot with challenging life experiences to a salty veteran who has been baptized into the dark side of reality by countless hours on the streets.

My Review

Zach Fortier takes us on a brutally honest journey through some of his time as a cop and military officer (mostly a cop) and the things and situations he came across. This book is definitely not for the faint hearted, there is a lot of cursi
Jan 08, 2012 Tammy rated it it was amazing
I remember the author contacting me to read his book. He had me interested with the little bit that he had shared with me in the e-mail. I knew that the book was going to come in the mail at some point just didn't know when. Then I got the book in the mail. Loved the cover, loved the way his style of writing. He is a great author. He does not pussy foot around a subject. I found that extremely refreshing! This is not a book for everyone I must say. If you don't like the harsh reality of Mr. Fort ...more
Beth Bailey
Jan 09, 2012 Beth Bailey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Beth by: no one, just looked interesting
Although I love to read all kinds of books, usually this type of book isn't one that I would normally choose to read so I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually an excellant book to read and would highly recommend it to anyone to definately read. It was refreshingly honest and truthful of the "behind the scenes" day to day grind that really does go on daily/nightly on the streets and Zach doesn't hold anything back, he tells what really happens out there good and bad traits and behaviors ...more
Ashley Fontainne
May 31, 2012 Ashley Fontainne rated it it was amazing
*Fair Warning*

If you can't handle the gritty underbelly that seethes in our society and are the type that sees the world through "rose-colored glasses" then this book isn't for you.

There, I warned you.

First of all, I come from a long line of cops. My father was a L.A. Sheriff's Deputy for years and was actually a fresh recruit when the Watts Riots broke out in 1965. His father was a vice detective for LAPD during the 40's-50's. I have worked in and around the judicial system my entire adult life
Patrick Murphy
Jan 18, 2012 Patrick Murphy rated it it was amazing
Curb Chek is a stylized, realistic, engaging read that immediately hooks the reader. Although the book does not read like a novel, it still makes it an easy enjoyable read. Curb Chek is comprised of real life events/situations that have shaped the author into the person who he is today. Curb Chek tells of the real life struggles between doing what is right, and doing what others expect you to do, all while trying to maintain your sanity working for a department that doesn’t necessarily operate a ...more
Michele Collins
Mar 05, 2013 Michele Collins rated it really liked it
Book Title: Curb Chek
Author: Zach Fortier
Publisher: Self Published
ISBN: 9781466231979
Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

“The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.” ~Robert Peel

Life as cop--that is what the author wanted to write about, and I think he was successful. A cop’s job is n
Allizabeth Collins
Nov 02, 2012 Allizabeth Collins rated it it was amazing

This book is not for the fainthearted. Curb CheK is the totally engrossing account of the gritty police calls handled by officer Zach Fortier - rapes, murders, kidnappings, and thefts, among other heinous crimes. The stories are real, ranging from nauseatingly gruesome to laugh-out-loud absurd. Zach Fortier's feelings towards each case are evident, his well-written narrative a required shock-to-the-system. The world that we live in is not the happy and innocent landscape we imagine as ch
Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
Feb 15, 2012 Jessica (Step Into Fiction) rated it really liked it
Shelves: autographed, 4-stars
This is definitely something one doesn’t want to read if they don’t like hearing about violence because what you read is reality. This is a book compiled of many different cases that the author, Zach Fortier, had to work on when he was in the force. Some of them made me cringe because of how violent people truly can be.

This was so different from anything I’ve ever read and not in a bad way. It wasn’t so much a story but a book full of many different stories. 36 of them, to be exact. Each chapter
Jan 21, 2012 Carly rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-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
Masquerade Crew
Jul 14, 2012 Masquerade Crew rated it it was amazing

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
Mar 19, 2012 Rubysbooks rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, drama
Curbchek is one of those books I couldn't put down. The raw honesty I could feel in each and every single one of the stories made me want to keep reading. There were moments where I laughed out loud, because some of the scenes were quite funny, moments when I cringed because of the imagery of some scenes, moments when I was sad or even angry.

At times, the violence was a little overwhelming, but I think that's what makes the book seem so fresh and enjoyable. You read so many books with cops, see
Sandra Lopez
Mar 18, 2012 Sandra Lopez rated it it was ok
Curb Chek by Zach Fortier is a behind-the-scenes look at a cop’s work. It illustrates some of the various cases worked on by Zach Fortier during his tenure as a police officer. Each case read like a story filled with unraveling action and a voice so blunt and gritty yet poignant and endearing—a mark I found particularly favorable.

The details concerning Fortier’s experience added a raw spice that jumps out at the reader; however, I did feel that some of the jargon didn’t quite cater to the everyd
Kater Cheek
Jul 19, 2013 Kater Cheek rated it really liked it
It wasn't until I got to the end of this book that I realized it was by the same author of "Hero to Zero" that I'd also gotten for free off of BookBub. I suppose there aren't all that many true-life cop short story anthologies out there.

Like "Hero to Zero" this is a collection of short (some very, very short) anecdotes about Fortier's life as a cop. What I enjoyed about this book is that the stories are real, and fascinating. Almost any one of these stories could form the bulk of the plot of mos
Shannon Gambino
Jan 02, 2012 Shannon Gambino rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The readers venture into the darkest realms of the world after "Daywalkers" have safely crawled into their beds for the night. In the whirlwind rides under the cover of darkness, Zach Fortier tries to remain human and relatively normal while patrolling messed up streets and neighborhoods. The author does a great job presenting the grit police officers face on a daily basis as well as the tension that arises between officers. He also stresses frequently the need for officers to listen to people, ...more
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