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  - Don - Goodreads

Egan's account of sheriff in rural Washington state, working on his master's thesis, is the core of this non-fiction book. In 1988, Sheriff Tony Bamonte discovers an unsolved murder of a Marshal in ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amy Ouellette - Goodreads

Pretty interesting." I enjoyed the history aspect. It went on too long and by the end I wasn't very invested in the outcome. 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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