Breaking Blue

Breaking Blue

by Timothy Egan

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570614293
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 10/10/2004
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 183,271
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.49(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

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


Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

November 8, 1954

Table of Contents

Part 1The Last Act of Life, September 1989
1.Judgment Day2
Part 1The First Act of Death, Autumn 1935
2.The Need for Butter12
3.Cop Code18
4.Mother's Kitchen28
5.The Night Marshal38
6.The Search49
7.Stone Fortress59
8.To the River67
Part 3Psychic Duel, 1989
9.The Student76
10.The Sheriff89
11.Metaline Falls100
12.A Family Visit110
13.Men With Badges117
14.A Stirring129
15.The Net137
16.The Nurse145
18.Men Without Badges165
19.In Big Sky Country174
21.Character Colors193
22.The River207
23.Last Gathering218
Epilogue: May 1990

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Breaking Blue 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
SFlibres More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Timothy Egan's more recent books, and love his writing style and subjects so much that I went in search of older works.  I really enjoyed this one, and I can't believe I hadn't heard of it before.  A crime committed by one of the "boys in blue" (an officer in the Spokane Police Dept) during the hard days of the Depression is covered up and goes unsolved.  The victim is a cop himself, and his children never learn who killed their father.  The retelling of this nonfiction crime is engrossing in itself, but Egan also introduces us to a present day small town sheriff who decides to write his master's thesis on his sheriff predecessors.  He learns of the unsolved murder and becomes obsessed with solving it.    Revelations of how our upbringing shapes our foibles, how black and white is sometimes gray, and how searching for truth can be alienating and sometimes unrewarding are all themes of this excellently written and engrossing work of nonfiction.  What a talented author!
elsyd on LibraryThing 26 days ago
A great book, especially if you are familiar with the area. This gives a great look at the "great depression" . We have lots of material enlightening us about the corruption in law enforcement in cities like Chicago and New York but with this you realize that no place was immune.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you live in the Northwest, this book will hold some extra fascination. The references made about life during the Depression are educational. A good enough read.
UnemployedPhilosopheress More than 1 year ago
I love reading about small events that have big implications! This story about the murder of a policeman in Spokane, WA in 1935 might make one think, "Who cares!" But the story is so artfully told, and so full of amazing and sad context, that it's easy to see how it could be applied to our time. Another one in this vein is Philp Gourevitch's A Cold Case. Recommended.
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Whats wrong carter?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sits on a tree branch and crys in her hands