After Etan

The Missing Child Case that Held America Captive
By Lisa R. Cohen (Trade Paperback, 2012)
Now with a new chapter that brings the story up-to-date in light of the most recent developments in the case--AFTER ETAN unravels the full story of Etan Patz: the decades-long mystery, his family's long search for him, and the extraordinary efforts to bring his abductor to justice.

On the morning of May 25, 1979, six-year-old Etan Patz left his apartment to go to his school bus stop. It was the first time he walked the two short blocks on his own.

But he never made it to school that day. He vanished somewhere between his home and the bus stop, and was never seen again.

The search for Etan quickly consumed the downtown Manhattan neighborhood where his family lived. Soon afterward, "Missing" posters with Etan's smiling face blanketed the city, followed by media coverage that turned Etan's disappearance into a national story--one that would change our cultural landscape forever.

More than thirty years later May 25 is recognized as National Missing Children's Day, in Etan's honor. But despite the overwhelming publicity his case received, the public knows only a fraction of what happened. That's because the story of Etan Patz is more than a heartbreaking mystery. It is also the story of the men, women, and children who were touched by his life in the months and years after he vanished. It's the story of the agonies and triumphs of the Patz family. It's the story of the extraordinary twists and turns of federal prosecutor Stuart GraBois's relentless pursuit of his prime suspect. From GraBois's creative "outside the box" tactics, to the veteran cop who made his first pedophile bust on a dark Times Square rooftop, to the FBI rookie who cut her teeth chasing the case through the dark recesses of a child molester's mind, this is the story of all the heroic investigators who to this day, thirty years later, continue to seek justice for Etan.

In AFTER ETAN, author Lisa R. Cohen draws on hundreds of interviews and more than twenty years of research-including access to the personal files of the Patz family--to reveal for the first time the entire dramatic tale.
  • Grand Central Publishing
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9781455528615

    • On Sale Date: 08/21/2012

    • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

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Now with a new chapter that brings the story up-to-date in light of the most recent developments in the case--AFTER ETAN unravels the full story of Etan Patz: the decades-long mystery, his family's long search for him, and the extraordinary efforts to bring his abductor to justice.

On the morning of May 25, 1979, six-year-old Etan Patz left his apartment to go to his school bus stop. It was the first time he walked the two short blocks on his own.

But he never made it to school that day. He vanished somewhere between his home and the bus stop, and was never seen again.

The search for Etan quickly consumed the downtown Manhattan neighborhood where his family lived. Soon afterward, "Missing" posters with Etan's smiling face blanketed the city, followed by media coverage that turned Etan's disappearance into a national story--one that would change our cultural landscape forever.

More than thirty years later May 25 is recognized as National Missing Children's Day, in Etan's honor. But despite the overwhelming publicity his case received, the public knows only a fraction of what happened. That's because the story of Etan Patz is more than a heartbreaking mystery. It is also the story of the men, women, and children who were touched by his life in the months and years after he vanished. It's the story of the agonies and triumphs of the Patz family. It's the story of the extraordinary twists and turns of federal prosecutor Stuart GraBois's relentless pursuit of his prime suspect. From GraBois's creative "outside the box" tactics, to the veteran cop who made his first pedophile bust on a dark Times Square rooftop, to the FBI rookie who cut her teeth chasing the case through the dark recesses of a child molester's mind, this is the story of all the heroic investigators who to this day, thirty years later, continue to seek justice for Etan.

In AFTER ETAN, author Lisa R. Cohen draws on hundreds of interviews and more than twenty years of research-including access to the personal files of the Patz family--to reveal for the first time the entire dramatic tale.

LISA R. COHEN is an Emmy Award-winning television newsmagazine producer, documentary filmmaker and journalism professor with over twenty years of network news experience, at both ABC and CBS News. She has been covering the Etan Patz story for over two decades, beginning with the segments on the case she produced for 60 Minutes and PrimeTime Live. She lives in New York with her family. AFTER ETAN is her first book.
  • "Every American needs to know Etan's story." (John Walsh).

  • "Heart-wrenching . . . As true crime, this tragic tale is a standout." (Publishers Weekly).

  • "Transfixing . . . a story that is stranger than crime fiction . . . [Cohen] has done a solid job of tracking the wayward details of the investigation." (New York Times).

  • "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)).

  • "A real - life thriller, which kept me up long past midnight . . . A heartbreaking story, scrupulously researched, well-constructed and well-written." (The Daily Beast).

  • "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." (John Miller, CBS News Chief Investigative Reporter; former Assistant Director, FBI).

  • "In the first-ever book on this celebrated case, Lisa Cohen finally gives us the answers behind the most vexing child kidnapping since the Lindbergh Baby. It's a harrowing portrait of a family's grief and an engrossing detective story. A powerful lesson in humanity tested and triumphant." (Nicholas Pileggi ).

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After Etan
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Price: $14.99 US/$16.50 CAN
  • Pages: 416
  • Physical Dimensions: 6" x 9"
  • ISBN-13: 9781455528615
  • On Sale Date: 08/21/2012
After Etan