Bringing Adam Home by Les Standiford
The Abduction That Changed America

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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.


About Les Standiford

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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.
Published March 1, 2011 by HarperCollins e-books. 323 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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As the host of America’s Most Wanted, Walsh reunited with Matthews, who, with a renewed, heartfelt intent and an arsenal of forensic tools, reopened the Walsh case, formally indicted Toole with sufficient evidence and closed the case in 2008.

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Dallas News

Yet after Matthews began to insist that a low-IQ, psychologically disturbed drifter named Ottis Toole had abducted and murdered Adam Walsh, Matthews found himself frozen out of the investigation, primarily because the Hollywood police lead detective, Jack Hoffman, gave the appearance of rejecting...

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The Columbus Dispatch

It's not just Tennessee cops who have a hard time distinguishing buckeye leaves from marijuana leaves....

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Bookmarks Magazine

Before Adam went missing, there were no children's faces on milk cartons and billboards, no Amber Alerts, no national Center for Missing and Abused Children, no national databases for crimes against children, no registration of pedophiles-in fact, it was easier to mobilize the FBI to search for a...

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Arlington Library

Reading this book brought back memories of the kidnapping and murder of Adam Walsh and how it impacted my being a parent.

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True Crime Book Reviews

On the afternoon of July 27, 1981, six-year-old Adam Walsh disappeared from a Hollywood, Florida, Sears store.

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