Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Curbchek by Zach Fortier

by:  Zach Fortier
published by:  ebook
publish date:  August 30, 2011

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 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.

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.  Even with down and dirty, true crime I like it to read like a novel, not hopping from one story to another.  However, I do see a lot of potential here.  If you know a police officer that works on the street, you know they are full of stories.  Mr. Fortier obviously has some stories that could work in great to any fictional crime novel.

My advice (take it or leave it) step back, take some creative writing classes, go to some writer workshops, learn how to write crime fiction.  Make a fictional character to build your novel around like Connelly's Harry Bosch or Kellerman's Milo Sturgis.  There's enough fodder there to create a series.

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