Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America by Les StandifordBringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America by Les Standiford

Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America

byLes Standiford

Paperback | February 28, 2012

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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.

Les Standiford is the bestselling author of twenty books and novels, including the John Deal mystery series, and the works of narrative historyThe Man Who Invented Christmas(aNew York TimesEditor's Choice) andLast Train to Paradise. He is the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami, where h...
Title:Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:February 28, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061983918

ISBN - 13:9780061983917

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it I've watched America's most wanted many times. So the book was really interesting to me. It shows the pain John and his wife went through following the abduction of their son.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A compelling read If you like true stories, this is one you will not want to miss. Similar to the Daniel Morcambe case, in that such strong heroic parents went on to bring about so many changes to help keep children safe and their fight to see justice done. Revé and John Walsh and Joe Matthews - all heroes.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A compelling read I found this book hard to put down. Although it was heart-achingly sad, it covered the pain caused by the loss of a child, the inefficiency of a particular police force and the complete overhaul of a system that had up until Adam's disappearance very little organisation or policing guidelines. This dreadful tragedy was a wake-up call not only for the U.S.A. criminal and judicial system but for policing world-wide. I would thoroughly recommend this book. Parents of today can only be grateful for all the lessons learned when dealing with the horrific crime of a kidnapped child.
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Editorial Reviews

“Standiford and Matthews relate Matthews’ quest skillfully.”