Bringing Adam Home (Hardcover)

The Abduction That Changed America

By Les Standiford, Joe Matthews

Center Point, 9781611730982, 446pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (2/28/2011)
Paperback (2/28/2012)
Hardcover (3/1/2011)

List Price: 34.95*
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March 2011 Indie Next List

“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
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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, decorate