Bringing Adam Home

Bringing Adam Home

The Abduction That Changed America

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"Les Standiford's account of the decades-long attempt to solve the murder of Adam Walsh is chilling, heartbreaking, hopeful, and as relentlessly suspenseful as anything I've ever read. A triumph in every way."
--Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River

"The most significant missing child case since the Lindbergh's....A taut, compelling and often touching book about a long march to justice."
--Scott Turow, author of Presumed Innocent

The abduction that changed America forever, the 1981 kidnapping and murder of six-year-old Adam Walsh--son of John Walsh, host of the Fox TV series America's Most Wanted--in Hollywood, Florida, was a crime that went unsolved for a quarter of a century. Bringing Adam Home by author Les Standiford is a harrowing account of the terrible crime and its dramatic consequences, the emotional story of a father and mother's efforts to seek justice and resolve the loss of their child, and a compelling portrait of Miami Beach Homicide Detective Joe Matthews, whose unwavering dedication brought the Adam Walsh case to its resolution.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, [2011], ©2011
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780061983900
006198390X
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 STANDIFORD
364.1523 Standifo
Characteristics: xii, 291 p., [8] p. of plates : col. ill., map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Matthews, Joe (Detective)

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mudflapflossy
May 16, 2012

It is a well researched book, but it is not a well written book. For years I’ve watched John Walsh on America's Most Wanted without knowing the story behind the disappearance of his son Adam so I had to give this a read. Expect to come away really angered by the shoddy police work by Detective Jack Hoffman, and impressed with Detective Joe Matthews’ tenacity in finally solving this crime. But do bear in mind Joe Matthews co-authored it, he paints himself quite prettily while demonizing everyone else. I found that a little suspect…
I expected it to be gruesome, but the writing style is downright repetitive, in particular the way it kept rehashing Ottis Toole’s confession. After the 7th retelling I thought enough already! It would also have been improved by focusing more on the Walsh’s story and less on Toole & his serial killer lover Henry Lee Lucas

debwalker Mar 14, 2011

"As riveting as any thriller, as poignant as any memoir, and as powerful as any investigative journalism, Bringing Adam Home is impossible to put down. The key scenes are beautiful, simple renderings of vulnerability and truth laid bare. This is a gripping work which should become a classic of the genre, not because of the crimes it explores, but for how it casts light into darkness."--Aaron John Curtis, Books & Books, Coral Gables, Fla.

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