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“Walsh’s is a storyteller and the story he’s telling is as compelling as any police procedural with its unraveling of family secrets and lies.”
Criminal Element

“Every once in a great while, a true crime is written that pulls at the heartstrings, while it also provides a tale of suspense that will be remembered for a good long time. This is that story.”
Suspense Magazine

“Walsh, a criminal defense attorney for 30 years, tells the blistering true story of the 2003 murder of one of his brothers, Christopher, who was discovered in a trash barrel in a California storage locker. Despite law enforcement’s reluctance to pursue the case since the author’s father and younger brother were in prison on drug charges, Walsh shoulders the burden and delves into the nadir of the criminal underworld, quizzing thieves, skinheads, Nazi bikers, hookers, and porn queens to construct something meaningful from various lies and schemes. Good leads dead-end and seemingly ironclad confessions crumble, but the author’s resourcefulness and determination to catch his brother’s killers keep this sordid tale moving along at a quick clip. Walsh keeps his law practice operating throughout the ordeal, but still finds time to persuade reluctant witnesses to offer their testimony and cooperate with authorities; after four years of sleuthing, the trial finally begins. The hearing is a real corker, chock-full of twists and turns, and written with passion and an eye for drama. Taut and relentless, this chronicle of a former cold case puts one man’s resolve and the American idea of justice to the test.”
Publishers Weekly

“Pulpy, engrossing account…Walsh captures the arc of his family’s involvement in an act of senseless malice, calling into question the cultural endurance of macho violence within certain subcultures and the difficulty of holding men responsible for horrific acts within the legal system’s overtaxed framework. Gritty, effective, personalized tale of the outlaw lifestyle and its consequences.”
Kirkus Reviews

Nobody Walks is a triumph, a grimly fascinating true tale of one street-wise criminal defense attorney’s quest for justice in the brutal murder of his brother. Dennis Walsh’s tireless four year odyssey plunged him headlong into an underworld populated by dopers, porn stars and gangsters   and culminated in an explosive courtroom drama and the arrests of hundreds. Walsh’s captivating style engages, inspires and unnerves as he lends new meaning to the term ‘brotherly love.’”
—Kerrie Droban, author of Running with the Devil and A Socialite Scorned and co-author of Prodigal Father, Pagan Son

About the Author

DENNIS WALSH has been a practicing criminal defense attorney for thirty years. Walsh was drafted in 1972 while he attended CSUN and joined the Navy. Upon returning home he received his BA from CSUN and went on to graduate from the University of Santa Clara School of Law. Walsh lives in California.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (February 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250005485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250005489
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is a very fast read because you will not want to put the book down.
Christy Martin
I thank God my life has changed since then but reading this book brought up a lot of feelings for me, I can only imagine how hard it was to write.
Randi
That said, it is a very well written book, especially considering it is a first effort at writing such a personal story.
Therese

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By C. C. Adams III on February 22, 2013
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Pre-trial hearings for the 'Steinberg/Weaver' trial were taking place in Department 107 which was across the hall from Department 106 where I was covering the first Phil Spector murder trial. During long delays in the Spector trial I would sit in on Steinberg/Weaver and found it a more fascinating case and with far less public attention.

I managed to attend nearly every minute of the trial of Chris Walsh's murderers. Because there were two juries, there were very few seats for observers. Therefore most days I was sitting with one of more of the Walsh family. The oldest Walsh brother, Dennis, was a scheduled witness so could only sit in the hallway. During the trial I came to know him. He is the author of this book.

My opinion is that Dennis Walsh is an outstanding writer of crime/detective stories, but of course in this case he has the advantage of having turned detective to help the Los Angeles police and district attorney arrest and convict David Steinberg and Jeff Weaver.

As I watched this trial I kept thinking: "If I were to write this as a script, nobody would believe it!" So after the conviction, I encouraged Dennis Walsh to write his first person true account.

Chances are people who were not living in Chatsworth in 2003 and 2007 never read about this case in newspapers. The trial was not on TV. So I dare say they will be as fascinated by "Nobody Walks" as I am. I is entertaining and well written. Buy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2013
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In July 2003, two Los Angeles hoodlums shot tweaker Christopher Walsh in the head, stuffed his body in a plastic garbage barrel, and stowed his remains in a Van Nuys storage unit. His brother, defense attorney Dennis Walsh, swore vengeance on LA's criminal underground, telling anybody who would listen, "Nobody walks on this case." Little did he know he'd become the biggest scourge on the underworld since Charles Bronson.

Dennis Walsh tells his own story with the kinetic aggression that drives filmmakers like Scorsese and Tarantino. His brash, violent, gleefully profane narrative never lags, leaving readers feeling like they've been pummeled by a true master pummeler. And while his cast of thousands may demand intense attention to keep names straight (keep notes on the endpaper), his story of realistic sublegal crime fighting makes CSI look wimpy by comparison.

Walsh's father was a Cleveland PD detective who got rich working the other side. A one-time rising star of California's Irish mob, he led his many sons into "the life." The only Walsh without a record, Dennis did a hitch in the Navy, completed his law degree, and went into private practice, keeping bottom-feeders out of the hoosegow. This strange dual life made him perfect to investigate crimes where police cannot venture.

Christopher Walsh, Dennis' youngest brother, drifted through life, got hooked on meth, and spent his final days among tweakers who'd surrendered normal humanity. Nobody heard from him for weeks before his remains surfaced. Seems tweakers don't interact outside their circle, even when somebody has to clean up the blood. Even less when it means talking to the police: everybody knew who killed Christopher, but nobody would sing for the LAPD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G-Man on February 20, 2013
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This book, a true life tale, is an amazing cross between In Cold Blood and the Maltese Falcon. In Cold Blood because it tells the story of the brutal effects of a murder and its aftermath in a compelling and detailed manner. The Maltese Falcon because the writing is rich in dialogue, action and plain hardboiledness.
The fact that the author could relate this horrible family tragedy in a way that makes us care about (and ultimately applaud) the outcome is testimony to his writing and passion. It must not have been easy for Dennis Walsh to sit down and put this story to paper, but he has done it in such a way as to pay tribute to his slain brother, his somewhat fractured family and ,not least, himself.
Hats off for a brilliant book, which is apparently his authorial debut, and to the justice system. For aside from the yeoman work done by Walsh and his brothers in assisting the police and prosecutors in the ultimate dispensation of justice to his brother's killers, it also shows that the police and the prosecutors are real people who care deeply about what they do and about the victims of crime. Bravo, and I will be looking forward to more from Walsh under happier circumstances.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Pendleton on March 20, 2013
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A first-rate story of a brothers quest for justice for a murdered sibling. Walsh brings the reader into a world thankfully many of us will never visit. In this gritty, compelling and fast-paced story Walsh shows what determination and perseverance, especially in dealing with the denizens of his brother's world can accomplish. The writing is tight, no-nonsense and at times witty. Walsh's insight into the workings of the legal system and his role in it as attorney and protagonist enhance this work. Hard for me to put down and worth losing some sleep over. Highly recommend.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Allan Ides on February 23, 2013
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This is a true crime account of the author's quest to see justice done for the murder of his brother. Its a compelling story told by a talented and writer. Walsh is blunt, passionate and often painfully funny. He spares no one from his sharp pen, not even himself. The portrayals of the various characters, from the murderers and the denizens of sleaze-ridden San Fernando Vally to the hardworking cops and dedicated prosecutors, pulsate with reality. You can feel each scene as it unfolds. You know these people. Ranks up there with In Cold Blood and The Onion Field, the difference being that Walsh and his family actually lived this story. A great book. And some of the best noir dialogue you'll ever read. This guy can write.
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