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After Etan: The Missing Child Case that Held America Captive Hardcover – May 7, 2009
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"Lisa Cohen has done remarkable reporting in this thorough account of a family's terrible loss and the epic pursuit of justice that followed. "After Etan" has the gripping realism of "Law and Order," intensified by the knowledge that this harrowing case study is true." (Julie Salamon, author of Facing the Wind and Hospital)
"The story of the disappearance of Etan Patz is a story that almost everyone remembers the beginning of and only a handful of people know the end of. For the first time, Lisa Cohen finally unravels a complex and tangled mystery while seamlessly telling the heart wrenching story of a family trying to cope with every parent's worst nightmare. The vivid descriptions and the incredible detail make you feel like you are there every step of the way. The book pulls you in. It can be painful at times and still, you can't put the book down." (John Miller, former co-anchor of 20/20)
Cohen covers the story from all angles and keeps the main thread of the investigation clear, even while sharing some of its most intriguing left turns and red herrings, including a series of child molestations by a former boyfriend of one of the boy's caretakers, and a trip, prompted by a psychic's vision, to Hell's Gate in the East River in search of Patz's body.
A masterful combination of deep human interest and detailed criminal investigation into a parent's worst nightmare. (Kirkus Review (starred))
"As true crime, this tragic tale is a standout." (Publishers Weekly)
"Lisa Cohen is an outstanding writer with a compelling story that effectively educates the reader about the kidnapping death of Etan Patz in NYC. The book gives a better understanding of how the Patz case resulted in the creation of many law enforcement child safety programs, such as the Center for Exploited Children, Megan's law, Amber Alerts, among others. As in all good books, we need a "hero" and clearly that person is former Federal Prosecutor Stuart GraBois, whose dedication to duty and humanitarian concern for the Patz family has been a true inspiration to the entire law enforcement community." (Joe Occhipinti, Founder & Executive Director of the National Police Defense Foundation)
"This powerful work plunged me back in time to a moment that haunts me to this day. Then step by compelling step it walked me thirty years forward, filling in the mysterious gaps of this celebrated case. Finally the book left me, in the present, cheering on its heroes.
For those who will never forget Etan's smiling face, the book answers many questions. For the rest of you, welcome to an ongoing page-turner so full of plot twists, it often reads like a fictional thriller. Except it's all true. This is former "60 Minutes" producer Lisa Cohen's first book, but hopefully not her last."
"May 25th, National Missing Children's Day, recognizes thousands of children. Yet in reality, May 25th celebrates the life of one little boy, 6-year-old Etan Patz of New York, taken on May 25, 1979. "After Etan" is a powerful, extraordinary, true story about Etan, his courageous family, the drifter who changed their lives forever, and one tireless, tenacious prosecutor who never gave up in his quest for justice.
"After Etan" takes one back to the beginnings of a movement. It is the story of one child, whose photo taken by his photographer father became a symbol for millions and helped change the way America responded to missing child cases. It is the story of a heart-broken family who lived through the anger and anguish that too many families must endure, and whose courage and grace helped change the world. And it is the story of a re markable prosecutor for whom one case, one child became his life's work."
(Ernie Allen, President & CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)
"When our son, Adam, was abducted in 1981, my wife, Revé, and I felt no one could really understand what we were going through. Then we met Julie and Stan Patz and found that we were members of a horrible but exclusive club. Their courage inspired us then and inspires us now. The worst thing for searching parents is the not knowing. Reading 'After Etan,' I relived that terrible time and it increased my admiration for Julie and Stan even more. And it made me even more grateful for dedicated public servants like the incredible prosecutor who ultimately produced some measure of justice for Etan. Every American needs to know Etan's story."
More About the Author
She is most recently Director/Producer/Writer of the award winning verité documentary SERVING LIFE in collaboration with Executive Producer Forest Whitaker, which premiered in Oprah Winfrey Network's Documentary Club in July of 2011. To make the film, she spent a total of four months living inside the gates of Angola, Louisiana's tough maximum-security prison documenting their unique prison hospice program. The New York Times called SERVING LIFE "excellent;" the Washington Post said it was "tender and even-handed...another treat in a bright summer of documentaries...."
Previously, Cohen worked for over twenty years in network news, including long stints producing for Peter Jennings, Diane Sawyer, Sam Donaldson, Cynthia McFadden, and Charlie Rose, among others, at ABC News "PrimeTime Live" and CBS News "60 Minutes."
As a filmmaker, she also recently spent more than two years documenting the inspiring experiences of cancer patient-turned-advocate Dee Dee Ricks in the intimate film "The Education of Dee Dee Ricks," which premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and had its television premiere in Oct 2011 on HBO.
She has taught at Princeton University as a Ferris teaching fellow in addition to several years as an adjunct at Columbia's Journalism School. She has provided media consulting for organizations such as the Global Business Coalition for HIV/AIDS and George Soros' Open Society Institute, among others.
Besides an Emmy for work producing at ABC News, her awards include the 2012 Humanitas award, multiple Cine Golden Eagles, the Christopher Award, the Headliner's Award, two Gracie Awards, the Chris Award, and an NABJ award. She grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and Philadelphia, and currently lives in New York City.
Top Customer Reviews
Cohen delves into the morass of this well documented case and sifts through some of the truly choice details that made it so nagging and painful. Cranks and crazies, psychic visions, hippie communities, jailhouse snitches and one pesky typewriter ribbon- they all coalesce to make AFTER ETAN a nerve jangling ride. Cohen seamlessly weaves together three concurrent and equally captivating stories throughout the book: the suffering of the Patz family and their ability to rise above their grief; the eerie and lurid life of Jose Ramos, the primary suspect in the case who eluded prosecution for years; and finally, Assistant U.S. District Attorney Stuart GraBois' valiant and dogged pursuit of justice. Cohen takes the reader from one unexpected event to the next, flouting the urge to sensationalize the story when it could have been so easy to succumb.
As a result, AFTER ETAN stands as a salient piece of non-fiction and a riveting human interest piece.Read more ›
"After Etan" works on so many levels...first and foremost, Etan's disappearance and the emotional level in which it left his parents. But for much of the middle of the book, the Patzes largely vanish themselves, replaced by an introduction and follow-up to the hard work of attorney Stuart GraBois, who took a special interest in the Patz case and whose emotional battles with suspect Jose Antonio Ramos make the book stand out. Along the way there are the "Rainbows", a hippiesque group that was instrumental in having Ramos arrested...their addition relieves some of the necessary tension that author Cohen presents.
This is one of the best books of the year and Lisa Cohen has written a tour de force. I highly recommend it for its supercharged story and Cohen's depth in reporting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I will say that this book covers the story/stories of the tragic case of this missing child. However, that being said, I find that it kind of
goes over a broad spectrum,... Read more
Remember the days when you could roam the streets of your hometown without worrying your parents to death? This is the story that began the days of worry. Read morePublished on January 8, 2014 by William Drummond
I bought this book several months ago and put off reading it; in part because the case itself was never
officially solved. Read more
After Etan Patz was taken the attitude in the United States changed considerably regarding child abduction. It wasn't really understood as a rampant problem. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Verbena Reverb
After Etan; The Missing Child Case that Held America Captive. What a heart-wrenching story. What a tribute to many diligent people doing all they could to solve this.Published on November 28, 2012 by Patsy Sanchez
Ordered it for my nephew and he enjoyed it since this was a book he had been looking for.
i could not put this book down even when i wanted to. Lisa Cohen gives a very thorough and riveting account of the patz investigation.Published on June 10, 2012 by lex
The story of Etan Patz is a compelling and heartbreaking. Unfortunately, Lisa Cohen is a mediocre writer. Read morePublished on June 8, 2012 by curiocat