American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century

Written by:
Maureen Callahan
Narrated by:
Amy Landon

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2019
9 hours 4 minutes

An Amazon “Best Book of 2019”
A Washington Post “10 Books To Read in July”
A Los Angeles Times “Seven Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading”
A USA Today “20 of the Season’s Hottest New Books”
A New York Post “25 Best Beach Reads of 2019 You Need to Pre-Order Now”
A Bustle “The Best New True Crime Books You Can Read Right Now”

“Maureen Callahan’s deft reporting and stylish writing have created one of the all-time-great serial-killer books: sensitive, chilling, and completely impossible to put down.” —Ada Calhoun, author of St. Marks Is Dead

Ted Bundy. John Wayne Gacy. Jeffrey Dahmer. The names of notorious serial killers are usually well-known; they echo in the news and in public consciousness. But most people have never heard of Israel Keyes, one of the most ambitious and terrifying serial killers in modern history. The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented. Described by a prosecutor as 'a force of pure evil,' Keyes was a predator who struck all over the United States. He buried 'kill kits'--cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools--in remote locations across the country. Over the course of fourteen years, Keyes would fly to a city, rent a car, and drive thousands of miles in order to use his kits. He would break into a stranger's house, abduct his victims in broad daylight, and kill and dispose of them in mere hours. And then he would return home to Alaska, resuming life as a quiet, reliable construction worker devoted to his only daughter.

When journalist Maureen Callahan first heard about Israel Keyes in 2012, she was captivated by how a killer of this magnitude could go undetected by law enforcement for over a decade. And so began a project that consumed her for the next several years--uncovering the true story behind how the FBI ultimately caught Israel Keyes, and trying to understand what it means for a killer like Keyes to exist. A killer who left a path of monstrous, randomly committed crimes in his wake--many of which remain unsolved to this day.

American Predator is the ambitious culmination of years of interviews with key figures in law enforcement and in Keyes's life, and research uncovered from classified FBI files. Callahan takes us on a journey into the chilling, nightmarish mind of a relentless killer, and to the limitations of traditional law enforcement.
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It starts good then it just drags on I didn’t like it

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Amanda W.

Very detailed reporting of what the state and FBI learned about Israel during his brief stay in custody. If you're a true crime fan you'll enjoy this book. The writing reminded me a lot of Ann Rule, the greatest true crime author of our time.

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The story of Israel Keyes was interesting and tastefully done without all the Corey details but the narrator sounded like a robot and was really annoying to listen to the entire time.

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Edmund F.

Mind blowing

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great thank you very much

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Vera A.

A great book full of suspense

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Rachael P.

Had to stop listening it was tedious. Far too much he said she said; dreary.

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Beth C.

Book was great, provided so many details about Israel I previously had not heard. The narration was a different story. It was very very tough to listen to, especially when she was trying to do masculine voices. It drove me insane and I often wished I’d read the book I stress of buying the audio book.

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