Bringing Adam Home

Bringing Adam Home

The Abduction That Changed America

Large Print - 2011
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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, decorated Miami Beach homicide detective Joe Matthews finally identified Adam's killer. Bringing Adam Home is the definitive account of this horrifying crime. As harrowing as In Cold Blood, yet ultimately uplifting, Bringing Adam Home is the riveting story of a triumph of justice and the enduring power of love.

Baker & Taylor
Relates the full, 27-year story behind the abduction and murder of Adam Walsh, the 6-year-old son of America's Most Wanted host John Walsh, as well as the decades-long search for the boy's elusive killer. (true crime).

& Taylor

Relates the full, twenty-seven-year story behind the abduction and murder of Adam Walsh, the six-year-old son of "America's Most Wanted" host John Walsh, as well as the decades-long search for the boy's elusive killer.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., c2011
ISBN: 9781611730982
Characteristics: 446 p. (large print) : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Matthews, Joe (Detective)


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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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