Martin County Library System Press Releases

March 17, 2011

New Les Standiford Book “Bringing Adam Home” Recounts Infamous Abduction – Meet Author March 28 at Blake Library



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                       

DATE: MARCH 17, 2011                                                                                                

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403                                              

WHO:        The Friends of the Blake Library, Inc., in support of the Martin County Library System

WHAT:      Chautauqua South: Les Standiford, Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America

Bestselling author Les Standiford will discuss his new book, Bringing Adam Home: The Abduction That Changed America, Monday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the John F. Armstrong Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart.  Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing following his talk.  The event is free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations are required.

In Bringing Adam Home, writer Les Standiford, with Det. Sgt. Joe Matthews, chronicles how the decorated Miami Beach PD detective finally identified the killer of Adam Walsh, taken from his mother during a shopping trip in 1981.  This book reconstructs the infamous crime, dubbed the most significant kidnapping since the Lindbergh baby, and details its aftermath, including the extraordinary accomplishments of Adam’s parents, John and Reve’ Walsh, in transforming the nation’s response to such crimes.  Its real triumph, however, is in laying out the untold story behind the story:  the 27 years of undaunted effort by Joe Matthews to cut through decades of failed police work, track down Adam’s killer, and bring justice to bear for a family and a nation at long last. 

Les Standiford is the bestselling author of fifteen books and novels, including Last Train to Paradise and Bone Key.  He is a past recipient of the Frank O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction.  He is currently Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami, where he has lived with his wife and children since 1985. 

Co-author Joe Matthews is a former sergeant of detectives and a 29- year veteran of the Miami Beach Police Department who supervised and conducted more than 20,000 criminal investigations and over 2,000 death and homicide investigations, obtaining confessions and convictions in a number of high-profile cases.  He was named Miami-Dade Officer of the Year in 1992.


WHEN:      Monday, March 28, 6:30 p.m.  

WHERE:    Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart

HOW:          Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required.

For more information call (772) 221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any branch library, or visit the library website at



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