• The Blue View

  • The Uncut Journal of an Ohio Police Chief
  • By: Rodney Muterspaw
  • Narrated by: Rodney Muterspaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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By: Rodney Muterspaw
Narrated by: Rodney Muterspaw
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Publisher's Summary

“The hardest thing about being a police officer is you have to solve everyone else’s problems when you can’t even solve your own.”

This book is an unedited and raw journal written by a police officer over a 30-year period. From his first day in the police academy to his last day as the chief of police in Middletown, Ohio, home of Hillbilly Elegy, you will feel as though you are right there with the author through the entire book, in a uniform, in a cruiser, and in his personal life. 

Never written to be released to the public, this easy-to-follow format portrays the actual unfiltered personal journals of Chief Rodney Muterspaw, an award-winning Ohio police chief and Congressional guest at the Presidential State of the Union. You will feel the gamut of emotions as you follow him as a rookie, a patrol officer, investigator, narcotics officer, internal affairs supervisor, a chief of police, and a parent in one of the most well-known smaller cities in the Midwest. 

The Blue View will draw you in emotionally, as you will finally have access to the behind-the-scenes thoughts and experiences that most police officers will not talk about. It doesn’t matter what side you are on, it is a must-listen. It will change the way you think about law enforcement.

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"Rodney Muterspaw was, for decades, a pillar of the community in Middletown - rising from junior officer on the Middletown Police force to chief during the height of the opioid epidemic. And for that entire time, he kept this incredible diary, chronicling the highs, lows, and hilarious moments of community policing. In these pages, you gain an appreciation for him, the man." (J. D. Vance, author of the New York Times best seller and Netflix blockbuster Hillbilly Elegy)

"Breathtaking! I grew up in the same streets as Muterspaw, but many years before he did. His vivid writing and perceptive storytelling help me to see its changes - its tragedies and its triumphs - through the world of its police. Part police drama, part social study, the chief offers valuable insights into what works and what doesn’t for the cops in an economically struggling rust belt town." (Clarence Page, 1989 Pulitzer Prize-Winning syndicated columnist and senior member of the Chicago Tribune editorial board)

"The Blue View presents a view of policing that is unlike anything I have ever read before. Beyond the good, the bad, and the ugly, Muterspaw has tracked his career in a raw and unvarnished way that will make you laugh and cry. While his self-deprecating sense of humor is the driving force of the book, he uses it to highlight real problems and real solutions within the increasingly complex world of policing." (Stephen Robert Morse, Emmy Nominated Producer of Netflix’s Amanda Knox)

"Jaw dropping! A truly honest look into a police officer’s personal world. Rewarding, heartbreaking, comical and inspiring! I laughed, I cried, and I loved it! A must read!" (Karin Johnson, WLWT Cincinnati News)

"Incredibly raw, and shockingly real! Muterspaw explores the trials and tribulations of being a cop in the heartland. With an open and honest viewpoint, he holds nothing back. From his unique perspective he highlights the good, the bad, and the ugly of policing, while sprinkling in enough humor to keep the mood light." (J. W. Cox, award-winning writer/director, Average Joe Films)

©2020 Rodney Muterspaw (P)2020 Rodney Muterspaw

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this is such a good book

After reading this book it make me want to support my local police and firefighters even more now! I'm grateful that you wrote this book and how truthful you were.

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Amazing Book

I’ve listened to this 4 times, written by an author who really cares about his community!

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Highly recommend this book

Captivating, brutally honest, side-splitting hilarious, heartbreaking, and eye-opening stories. He tells the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of law enforcement— without a political filter. Highly recommend.

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Blue Donuts

Great insight to a 30yr Career in the life of an Officer.
Thank you for your service and love you had for people.

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Nothing really exciting about this book. Just a guy reading his diary. Does not really have anything that keeps the listener/reader interested

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A Great Listen! 100% Authentic!

I loved the book! Being a current LEO I believe the book had great lessons and experience’s! Thank You Chief Muterspaw for sharing your experience’s!

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Outstanding

This is definitely worth a download. Just an awesome piece of work overall. Well worth it.

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I’m a current Police Officer

Thank you for your many years of service. I was able to relate to many of your stories l. Be well and as always be safe! 09-06

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Phenomenal book!

Heartfelt sincerity meets courageous leadership with such a passion for his city. I highly recommend this book!

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Reveals the human behind the badge.

This is truly an eye-opener. Yeah, we all know that police officers are people but it just doesn’t sink in how hard this job is until you hear the frustration come directly from a 30-year retired officer. He made it all the way to Chief of Police and still has a good outlook on life and loves his city.

Lots to learn from this—not just about being a police officer but about life. Sure has made me think about a lot of things in a different light.

Thank you, Chief Muterspaw, for caring.