Bringing Adam Home

Bringing Adam Home

The Abduction That Changed America

Book - 2011
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Standiford and Matthews deliver a harrowing account of the 1981 abduction and murder of six-year-old Adam Walsh, in Hollywood, Florida, a crime that went unsolved for a quarter of a century and forever changed America
Publisher: New York : Ecco, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061983900
006198390X
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 Stan
Characteristics: xii, 291 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), map ; 24cm
Additional Contributors: Matthews, Joe

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mudflapflossy
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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