!!> Reading ➵ Breaking Blue ➭ Author Timothy Egan – Realestatelawcenter.us

Breaking BlueOn The Night Of September 4, 1935, During A Season Of Unsolved Robberies, The Town Marshal Of Pend Oreille County In The State Of Washington Was Shot To Death Here Is The Story Of How One Man S Hunt Through A Half Century Of Police Cover Ups Unlocked The Secret Behind The Nation S Oldest Continuing Murder Investigation.

!!> Reading ➵ Breaking Blue ➭ Author Timothy Egan – Realestatelawcenter.us
  • Paperback
  • 268 pages
  • Breaking Blue
  • Timothy Egan
  • English
  • 04 November 2017
  • 9781570610608

    10 thoughts on “!!> Reading ➵ Breaking Blue ➭ Author Timothy Egan – Realestatelawcenter.us


  1. says:

    Timothy Egan is an important Western writer Not a writer of Westerns, but a Western writer He documents forgotten stories of the American West, with a particular emphasis on the Northwest Among his important works are The Worst Hard Time which departs from his usual northwestern setting and focuses on the people in the plains states during the Dust Bowl , Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, and my personal favorite, The Big Burn, which opens with twenty of the most compelling pages of prose I ve read in the past several years When he s at his best, both in style and in choice of subject, he s one of the greatest non fiction writers out there when his subject is less interesting or his style a little less developed as I felt during the first half of Breaking Blue, only his second book he s still one of the best non fiction writers out there.Breaking Blue tells the story of a police cover up in the town of Spokane, a 1935 cop killing in which the murderer is another cop a corrupt, brutal, but larger than life character named Clyde Ralstin, who shoots a marshal named George Conniff while participating in a burglary of a creamery That s right Ralstin was a moonlighting as a butter thief And while it may seem hard at first to take seriously the subject of Depression era butter burglary gangs as thievery goes, it ain t exactly the Lufthansa He...


  2. says:

    Very timely even though the case this book covers is in 1935 Not much has changed in law enforcement here in Spokane We just had the announcement today of the chief of police retiring and her second in command all when the Otto Zehm case is being looked at as being handled...


  3. says:

    This book is about crooked cops in Spokane, Washington during the depression and the cop who uncovered a murder by a cop during that time while doing a college thesis in the 1980 s Most of the players have passed on but there is one still living.There were some interesting momen...


  4. says:

    One of Timothy Egan s earlier books, Breaking Blue allows us to follow Anthony Bamonte, a sheriff of Lake Pend Oreille pond er AY , as he investigates the police cover up of a Depression era murder of a Newport WA sheriff who was shot dead by a Spokane detective The blue wall had protected the killer, Clyde Ralstin for over 50 years Egan s narrative style and ability to pe...


  5. says:

    Remember, the police are your friends NOT At least not in 1930 s Spokane or even until the 1990 s according to this book This book is the true story of a murder committed in 1935 in the small NE Washington town of Newport by an off duty Spokane police detective and accomplices during a burglary of the local creamery The town night marshall happens upon the burglary, of butter no less, and is shot dead The Spokane police, most of whom are corrupt and on the take, closes ranks around one of their own and the murder investigation stalls for lack of evidence and effort.Fast forward nearly fifty years to when Anthony Bamonte, the 46 year old sheriff of Pend Oreille County, begins a graduate program at Gonzaga University and chooses to focus on the history of major crimes in his jurisdiction as his thesis project He becomes obsessed with finding out who committed what was at the time the longest uns...


  6. says:

    One of the best nonfiction books I ve read It reads like a fictional story than nonfiction It s not dry and boring It might have some embellishment but it s amazing.


  7. says:

    I read this book because the same author wrote Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher which I quite enjoyed Egan has a knack for telling history in a way that makes you feel like you are there as the subjects are speaking, acting, or being described This book looks at one specific person and his quest for justice To avoid a spoiler, I will only say it is engrossing, challenging, troubling, redemptive, and surprising all at once The book reminds the reader...


  8. says:

    Interesting story about the longest unsolved murder in the country.


  9. says:

    An early Egan, but still excellent I love the way he weaves together time, place, and people to tell a great story Egan s writing is excellent he draws into the web of his story, hard to put down, but it s a frustrating read because of the arrogance of power that it reveals The p...


  10. says:

    I think it speaks well of a book when it produces an emotional reaction in the reader Reading this book made me angry.On Sept 14, 1935, a gang of thieves breaks into a creamery in Pend Oreille County, Wash., to steal butter and other dairy commodities that were valuable on the black market during the Depression A town marshal named George Conniff intervenes and is murdered.The case goes unsolved until 1989, when Pend Oreille County s against the grain sheriff, Tony Bamonte, comes across it while working on his master s thesis Feeling that an injustice has been done Bamonte reopens the case, and his investigation leads him to uncover outrageous corruption in the Spokane Wash Police Department of the 1930s Even the Spokane Police Department of 1989 isn t thrilled about Bamonte s queries The reason The prime suspect was, in 1935, a Spokane police officer.Ridiculed for probing a crime fifty plus years later, Bamonte has three good reasons for his persistence Conniff s three children, still alive, still seekin...

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