“A fascinating narrative about an ostensible kidnapping and a 90-year case of mistaken identity, fully steeped in the flavor of the era… a narrative about the fierceness of parental love, the flaws of the legal system, and ultimately about how we derive our own sense of who we are.”

The Boston Globe


“Rarely do nonfiction books engage me so deeply and satisfyingly as A Case for Solomon has. Exhaustively researched… reads like fiction.”

Vanity Fair


“A thoughtful look at the elusiveness of truth and the fluidity of identity… It’s difficult not to empathize with both sides of this case, as everyone loses something–particularly the child caught in the middle.”

Publisher’s Weekly


A Case For Solomon is a thoroughly researched and detailed work of history that lets its mystery unfold with the restraint and craft of a detective story. Though as suspenseful and dark as any good thriller, it’s not a whodunit, or a who-is-it; these questions are answered early. Instead it wonders, through the telling of the shocking tale, at greater questions – about the nature of identity, and family, and to what lengths people might go to avoid knowing a terrible truth.”

 New Orleans Times-Picayune


A Case for Solomon can easily be read as a kidnapping mystery or a legal thriller or a saga of class privilege or a lively indictment of the deadly shenanigans when the media circus comes to town. To me, it’s a tragic accounting of the abuses inherent in our confidence about what’s in the best interests of a child. And all of it is evidence of the power of nonfiction–fact after astonishing fact.”

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, author of Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble and Coming of Age in the Bronx


A Case For Solomon is a fascinating tale of an American changeling — a little boy lost to the Louisiana swamps, only to be conjured back by headlines and a mother’s agony. Within the life of Bobby Dunbar, a man who was a mystery even to himself, Tal McThenia and Margaret Cutright have uncovered a dramatic case of families caught between grief, injustice, and the desperate will to believe.”

Paul Collins, author of The Murder of the Century


“A Case for Solomon is haunting and unforgettable. It swept me up like no other book I’ve read in a long time. It is a mystery story finally solved after a hundred years, but it’s also a profound and heartbreaking examination of identity and loss told by writers whose hard-won research and narrative gifts are plain on every page. The exotic settings, the characters whose love redeems as well as destroys, a plot that is downright biblical…and in the end a little boy with arms outstretched and this question on his lips: Who am I?”

John Ed Bradley, author of Tupelo Nights and It Never Rains in Tiger Stadium


“The saga related in the book is so mind-bending that some readers might need to digest certain passages about family connections more than once, as I felt compelled to do. It is worth the effort.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution


“Compelling… A solid read that provides plenty of food for thought, especially for those interested in children’s rights.”

 Library Journal


A Case For Solomon is irresistible . It does what all rewarding non-fiction should do: it takes the reader on a fascinating and informative journey. It also raises serious questions about the role of media in shaping public opinion. More importantly, it sets the record straight.”

Pinestraw Magazine


“The story is so fraught with, as McThenia puts it, ‘incredulous questions,’ the reader is compelled to forge ahead, in the vain hope that the main characters will somehow come to their senses… [The authors’] research is exhaustive. You can feel the pull of the boot-sucking mud of the swamp where Bobby disappeared, sense the damp of Walters’ cell at the St. Landry Parish Jail, smell the sweat and cigar smoke of the packed courtroom.”

Associated Press


“This historically accurate account reads like a thriller and a tragedy. The meticulous research anchors the story and brings alive the century-old events through vivid description.”

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