Breaking Blue

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Sasquatch Books, Aug 1, 2004 - True Crime - 243 pages
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In 1935, the Spokane police regularly extorted sex, food, and money from the reluctant hobos (many of them displaced farmers who had fled the Midwestern dust bowls), robbed dairies, and engaged in all manner of nefarious crimes, including murder. This history was suppressed until 1989, when former logger, Vietnam vet, and Spokane cop Tony Bamonte discovered a strange 1955 deathbed confession while researching a thesis on local law enforcement history. Bamonte began to probe what had every appearance of widespread police crime and a massive cover-up whose highlight was the unsolved murder of Town Marshall George Conff. The fact that many of those involved, now in their 80s and 90s, were still alive made it imperative that Bamonte unravel this mystery. The result is Breaking Blue, a white-knuckle ride through institutional corruption and cover-up that vividly documents Depression-era Spokane and an extraordinary case that few believed would ever be brought to light.

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The writing is boring, slow and sometimes repetitive. - Goodreads
Timothy Egan is an important Western writer. - Goodreads
There is an extremely unclear plot line. - Goodreads
The writing is not so compelling, but the story is. - Goodreads
Not a writer of Westerns, but a Western writer. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Jodie - Goodreads

I SO wanted to enjoy this due to its content and location. However, I could hardly keep my eyes open each time I tried to read. The writing is boring, slow and sometimes repetitive. At other times, it's confusing. I am intrigued by the story, but the author did not keep me engaged. Read full review

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User Review  - Lisa Hunt - Goodreads

This was a really interesting (and disturbing) book about the Spokane Police Dept. A true story centered on a crime in 1935. Fascinating history or the era and the area, hard to imagine how bleak ... Read full review

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Timothy Egan is the Pacific Northwest correspondent for The New York Times and the author of The Good Rain. He lives in Seattle.

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