After Etan by Lisa R. Cohen
The Missing Child Case that Held America Captive

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On the morning of May 25, 1979, six-year-old Etan Patz left his apartment to go to his school bus stop. It was the first time he walked the two short blocks on his own.
But he never made it to school that day. He vanished somewhere between his home and the bus stop, and was never seen again.
The search for Etan quickly consumed the downtown Manhattan neighborhood where his family lived. Soon afterward, "Missing" posters with Etan's smiling face blanketed the city, followed by media coverage that turned Etan's disappearance into a national story-one that would change our cultural landscape forever.
Thirty years later, May 25 is recognized as National Missing Children's Day, in Etan's honor. But despite the overwhelming publicity his case received, the public knows only a fraction of what happened. That's because the story of Etan Patz is more than a heartbreaking mystery. It is also the story of the men, women, and children who were touched by his life in the months and years after he vanished. It's the story of the agonies and triumphs of the Patz family. It's the story of the extraordinary twists and turns of federal prosecutor Stuart GraBois's relentless pursuit of his prime suspect. From GraBois's creative "outside the box" tactics, to the veteran cop who made his first pedophile bust on a dark Times Square rooftop, to the FBI rookie who cut her teeth chasing the case through the dark recesses of a child molester's mind, this is the story of all the heroic investigators who to this day, thirty years later, continue to seek justice for Etan.
In AFTER ETAN, author Lisa Cohen draws on hundreds of interviews and nearly twenty years of research-including access to the personal files of the Patz family-to reveal for the first time the entire dramatic tale.

 

About Lisa R. Cohen

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Lisa R. Cohen is an Emmy award-winning television news magazine producer with over 20 years of network news experience, at both ABC and CBS News. She lives in New York with her family. After Etan is her first book.
 
Published May 7, 2009 by Grand Central Publishing. 402 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Etan Patz, a New York City schoolboy, disappeared 30 years ago this month. This many-tentacled account of the ensuing investigation is stranger than crime fiction and messier too.

May 06 2009 | Read Full Review of After Etan: The Missing Child...

The Anniston Star

In After Etan, TV producer Lisa Cohen, who followed the abduction case through its various incarnations, explores, not only the pain and suffering of Etan's parents but also the tireless investigations by the cops and district attorneys who still seek justice for Etan.

Sep 06 2009 | Read Full Review of After Etan: The Missing Child...

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It was through their terrible journey – one no parent ever wishes to embark upon – that Stan Patz would develop a long lasting friendship with Stuart GraBois: an Assistant United States Attorney who vowed to seek justice for little Etan Patz.

Sep 22 2009 | Read Full Review of After Etan: The Missing Child...

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