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Breaking Blue - Timothy Egan

Paperback Published: 17th August 2004
ISBN: 9781570614293
Number Of Pages: 256

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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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"As a former police reporter I can give Breaking Blue the ultimate complement--I wish I had written it. No one who enjoys mystery can fail to savor this study of a classic case of detection" --Tony Hillerman "An engrossing tale of corruption in the Nor

Prefacep. ix
The Last Act of Life, September 1989
Judgment Dayp. 2
The First Act of Death, Autumn 1935
The Need for Butterp. 12
Cop Codep. 18
Mother's Kitchenp. 28
The Night Marshalp. 38
The Searchp. 49
Stone Fortressp. 59
To the Riverp. 67
Psychic Duel, 1989
The Studentp. 76
The Sheriffp. 89
Metaline Fallsp. 100
A Family Visitp. 110
Men With Badgesp. 117
A Stirringp. 129
The Netp. 137
The Nursep. 145
Homep. 155
Men Without Badgesp. 165
In Big Sky Countryp. 174
Retreatp. 187
Character Colorsp. 193
The Riverp. 207
Last Gatheringp. 218
Epilogue: May 1990
Commencementp. 238
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ISBN: 9781570614293
ISBN-10: 1570614296
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 17th August 2004
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.3  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1

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