Hero To Zero

2nd Edition

Non-Fiction - True Crime
160 Pages
Reviewed on 05/12/2015
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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

Hero to Zero by Zach Fortier is the story of cops, officers who were outstanding in his or her own way. Every single one went from being considered an exceptional cop, respected by their peers, to being a criminal and publicly humiliated. All were handed their walking papers and asked not to return. This book traces the highs and lows of twenty-three unique co-workers of the author such as: the never swearing poster boy for wholesome goodness, Tucker; smart cop Ray Fossum who landed up with drugs; Lance Edwards who happened to come in as the new chief and was hell-bent on making his mark on the department’s culture; the nice officer who was arrested for murdering his wife, Roy Grey; and their exciting careers. The book depicts how many of them met their end in Alcoholics Anonymous, some dismissed in disgrace, disbarred, or spent their last days as a convicted felon, or were relieved of their enviable positions.

Hero to Zero by Zach Fortier is a gripping story, well told and captivating. With almost all the heroes evoking sympathy in abundance, this book has the potential to hold the reader glued to it, eager to finish it in one go. Easy on language and with an interesting narrative, this book also opens one's eyes to the ‘undocumented’ risks of the profession of being a cop, especially when we observe that every hero, before going to zero, was a valuable member of the community. It would have been helpful if the opening pages also showed the contents of the book, greatly assisting search, cross references and selection, inherent parts of relishing a book.