Breaking Blue

“Lively, fascinating…far richer than the usual true-crime thriller.” 

-The New York Times

True crime told through true history, Breaking Blue is the cinematic account of the nation’s longest running murder investigation – a killing from 1935 that wasn’t solved until a half-century later.  In this Depression-era tale of corrupt cops and hard times, a single misstep over black market butter leads to murder, and a police cover-up that was protected through three generations.

What People are Saying


“My favorite of all of Tim Egan’s books.” 

-David Boardman, Former Executive Editor, The Seattle Times.


“As a former police reporter I can give Breaking Blue the ultimate compliment: 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


“A morality tale of good cops and bad cops..especially resonant in light of recent events.” 

-Los Angeles Times


“Surprising, remarkable..The tale is rich in history and suspense and is recommended for all crime collections.” 

-Library Journal


“Egan evocatively resurrects the scenes and raw insensitivities of ‘30s police life in the region.”  

-Publishers Weekly


“Powerhouse story of an iconoclastic sheriff who cracked through 54 years of police coverups and solved the oldest open murder case in the country…Egan rises into the Most Wanted group of true-crime writers with this smoothly told, exciting account.” 

-Kirkus Reviews

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