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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- Brian Ward
narrator takes you back to the dustbowl and you feel like you are living in the area throughout its good and bad times. this would be an excellent blockbuster movie with all its twists and turns. I really feel for the sheriff and the Marshalls family.
- R. Smith
Excellent! Highly Recommended.
Timothy Egan is a hell of a good writer and very smart guy. He wraps his thoroughly researched narratives inside the fascinating times and places in which those stories are set.
Breaking Blue is every bit as engrossing as two of his other books, The Big Burn and The Worst Hard Times.
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