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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Hero to Zero by Zach Fortier is a true account of how cops go bad. From start to finish, follow Zach as he meets good men who take a wrong turn, men and women who really should not have joined the police force, and those who were simply misguided and led astray. Most names have been changed to protect identities, but all of the characters are known to Zach Fortier and are people he has worked with during his 30 years on the police force. Murder, drug abuse, sexual abuse, theft, you name it, it’s all in the book. This is a rarely seen look into the shadier side of policing; the part no one wants you to see. It’s the stories of lives destroyed, of careers that go down in flames, and officers that crash and burn, sometimes in spectacular and very public style.
Hero to Zero by Zach Fortier is one of the best non-fiction books I have read in a long time. It’s a fascinating insight into the dirty lives that some cops lead, some of which leave a bad taste in the mouth. It’s an extremely well written book – very clear and concise, easy to understand and follow and very little jargon. When Zach uses jargon, he takes the time to explain what it means in simple terms. I very much want to read other books that Zach Fortier has written about his life in the police force, especially if they are as good as this one was. A huge thumbs up!