Hero To Zero


Non-Fiction - True Crime
162 Pages
Reviewed on 02/18/2014
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Author Biography

ZACH FORTIER was a Police officer for over 30 years specializing in K-9, SWAT, gang, domestic violence, and sex crimes as an investigator. He has written three books about police work. The first book, CurbChek, is a case-by-case account of the streets as he worked them from the start of his career. The second book, Street Creds, details the time he spent in a gang task force and the cases that occurred. The third book, Curbchek-Reload, is by far the most gritty. The author is danger- ously damaged, suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) and the day-to-day violence of working the street. Hero To Zero, his fourth book, details the incredibly talented cops that he worked with but ended up going down in flames. Some ended up in prison and one on the FBI's ten most wanted list. If you are looking for gritty, true crime stories, be sure to check out all of Zach Fortier's novels.
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    Book Review

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!