Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America (Hardcover)
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“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, FL
Before Adam Walsh there were no faces on milk cartons, no Amber Alerts, no National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, no federal databases of crimes against children, no pedophile registry. His 1981 abduction and murder -- unsolved for over a quarter of a century -- changed America. One July day in 1981, Reve Walsh allowed her six-year-old son Adam to try out a video game near a store's entrance while she shopped for lamps. When she returned a few minutes later, Adam was gone. The shock of Adam's murder, and of the inability of the police and the FBI to find his killer altered American innocence. Gone forever were the days when parents would allow their kids out of the house with the casual instruction, "Be home by dark!" The Walshes created America's Most Wanted and became advocates for missing and exploited children. And while our lives have been significantly altered by Adam Walsh's case, few know that after more than twenty-seven years of relentless investigation, decorate
About the Author
Les Standiford is the author of ten novels, including the John Deal series, and two works of nonfiction, including Last Train to Paradise. He wrote a chapter of Naked Came the Manatee, and edited The Putt at the End of the World, a collective novel of golf. He is the past recipient of the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.
Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews, a thirty-year veteran of the Miami Beach Police Department, is a former Miami-Dade County Police Officer of the Year, credited with solving the infamous Baby Lollipop homicide, among many others. He is the founder and CEO of DNA LifePrint, Inc., a corporate-sponsored, national child-safety program. He also heads his own consulting firm, advising the media, the academic community, public safety organizations, and the private sector on security issues, investigation techniques, and cold-case homicides.