Amy Zou

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Amy Zou is an ancillary character in the novel Nocturnal by author Scott Sigler. The character is initially introduced in episode one of the audio version of Nocturnal.

Character Background

Amy Zou is the Chief of Police for the San Francisco Police Department and is described as serving over two decades in police work. She is also the mother of twin daughters.

In episode 4, she debriefs SFPD Homicide Detectives "Pookie" Chang and Bryan Clauser on the details of the gang murders that have been affectionately termed the "Piss Man" cases. At this time, it is also revealed that Chief Zou is concerned about the presence of the symbols at the scenes as she hadn’t seen them in fifteen years. She and Sub Chief Sean Robertson share some little known knowledge about these symbols as they consider taking "Pookie" and Bryan off the cases. It is later revealed that Chief Zou was the partner of Homicide Detective Francis Parkmeyer both of whom were the investigating officers on the Grand Park Slasher case. This is important because the rash of recent murders bear the same symbols that were left at the scene of the Grand Park Slasher murders.



The author refers to this character with only the full name of Amy Zou, there are no known nicknames. However, the character’s name is, in fact, the real name of a long time fan and Original junkie who is also known for her love of fluffy bunnies.

Outward Appearance

No specific description of Amy’s appearance is given as of yet.


In episode 1 Chief Zou is described as being a stickler for details. This is because the “Piss Man” cases were assigned to the Gang Task Force instead to Homicide, as there was no proof a dead body with any of the cases. Although "Pookie" and Bryan consider this a technicality, they know Chief Zou will not budge in it. It is inferred that Chief Zou hides little as she is described in episode 3 as almost always leaving her office door open even when discussing grim topics. Chief Zou is a commanding person, which is displayed in her chastising of "Pookie" for using a derogatory term for rape.

Fan Based Character

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The character of Amy Zou is named for the devoted junkie by the same name whose avatar is pictured at the left. This dedicated junkie can be found as an active member on the official Scott Sigler website forums under the user name of fluffyMcFlufferson.

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