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Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America    by Les Standiford & Joe Matthews order for
Bringing Adam Home
by Les Standiford
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Ecco, 2011 (2011)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Bringing Adam Home: : The Abduction That Changed America by Les Standiford (with Detective Sergeant Joe Matthews) describes not only on the heartbreak of Adam's parents after the brutal murder of their six year-old son, but an infuriating investigation that took twenty-five years to solve the case.

John and Revé Walsh – devastated by the loss of their son – used their pent-up grief and anger to do good. Because of their work, law enforcement has transformed its practices to better protect children, as well as alerting parents to the dangers their children can face. Dangers that we would least expect. Bad things do happen and will happen. But if we are alert, possibly we can prevent tragedies.

Adam Walsh was abducted from a Sears store when a manager put the child outside because he was with a group of boys who were causing difficulties around the video games. Put a six year-old child outside – alone!

When Adam's skull was found, the chief investigator settled his gaze on the one person he felt was responsible for the murder. That someone else confessed didn't deter him. He had his man and that was that. Period. Twenty-five years passed before the case was considered solved. How did Adam's parents bear not knowing for sure what happened to their child and who was responsible?

Joe Matthews is a former sergeant of detectives and a twenty-nine year veteran of Miami Beach Police Department. His hard work, dedication and compassion for Adam's parents helped to keep the case open and for it to be finally solved. John Walsh had a long career as producer of America's Most Wanted, bringing criminals to justice even though he couldn't do the same for the man who tortured and murdered his son.

Bringing Adam Home is a tough book to read. First I wanted to cry for the senseless and cruel loss of a little boy. Then I got angry at the methods being used to catch and stop the man responsible. It's a very hard book to read - and also a tribute to the men who solved the case, and to the resolve of John and Revé Walsh.

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