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American Predator - Maureen Callahan

American Predator

By Maureen Callahan

  • Release Date: 2019-07-02
  • Genre: True Crime
Score: 4.5
From 485 Ratings



An Amazon “Best Book of 2019”
Washington Post “10 Books To Read in July”
Los Angeles Times “Seven Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading”
USA Today “20 of the Season’s Hottest New Books”
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.


  • Gripping read!

    By Kaile2323
    Edge of my seat the entire time! I found myself being so astonished chapter after chapter! Don’t hesitate to buy this!
  • Title is accurate.

    By chinook92
    Gripping from the start to the end. I wish this were a fictional story.
  • Fantastic Read!

    By scatert
    Very informative book on Israel Keyes!! I knew very little about him until I was recommended this book! A must read for true crime aficionados!
  • Couldn’t Put it Down

    By CoffeeismyJam
    Great book. I couldn’t stop reading it even though it was disturbing me to the core.
  • Don’t review irrelevant aspects

    By cristimarjee
    Someone wrote on the review that the book was inaccurate because the coffee stores, the area and the snow drifts weren’t described correctly. This is known as the writer’s imagination and it’s done in every single book including “true crime” when the author has writing ability. Also to describe the exact area as if one is writing a book report typically comes off robotic Book was good. Kept me interested. I have some knowledge of crimes. I’ve researched these. The relevant aspects were well researched and accurate
  • Could no put it down

    By Ahna94
    It kept me on the “edge of my seat” throughout the entirety of the book. After the first few chapters I did not know how the author could continue making the book more and more interesting for another 200 pages, but she did it! This was one of the best books I’ve read of 2019! Amazing work!!
  • Impossible to put down

    By Aleanuh
    A captivating story that had me hooked right away. Crazy that not too many people are aware of what happened! A definite must-read!!
  • Savage!!!

    By Bwhite1919
    Amazing story that kept leaving me wanting more. Perfectly written. It put you in those interrogation rooms with this monster. Great story, great author!
  • July 26th, 2019

    By qiuzneeze
    This would better as a TV show or a documentary. The description of Alaskan culture sounds sensationalized.
  • Amateurish cliched writing

    By gonzo blanco
    Made it through 100 pages only. Skip it