American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century (Unabridged)
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Investigative journalist Maureen Callahan unravels the twisted real-life story of a killer toying with the law. When a teenage girl goes missing in Anchorage, Alaska, authorities are baffled—until a suspect pops up in Houston, ready to talk. So begins the tense cat-and-mouse game that Israel Keyes plays with detectives as he gradually reveals his many cross-country crimes. Narrator Amy Landon’s dramatic delivery of Keyes’ jailhouse confessions mixes with the book’s detailed reporting to create one of the most compelling and unusual true-crime stories we’ve heard in ages.
Those are the only two words that can describe this book. I can not believe this hasn’t been a more talked about subject. Don’t plan on doing anything until you finish once you start it!!
narrator is horrible
yup, it’s true. i read the reviews about the narrator being horrible and heard the sample before buying. i thought, yes, she’s annoying but sadly got it anyway. i can scarcely separate her atrocious voices for the different characters in the story and her odd need to read every sentence as if all the sentences in the book where only comprised of questions! why? who thought this person was remotely good as a narrator? WHY?! ibooks really should offer refund to every sad soul that wanted to hear this book and got what we did. and yes, the narrator is so horrible, it’s impossible to actually enjoy the book bc all of it is read in such a way that nothing, not even the content, can distract you from the awfulness of it.
If you broke your teeth on mystery audiobooks the narrator voice will not bother you. If you found your way to serial killers from podcasting. You might have more of an issue.
At least there’s no vocal fry!
Incredibly well researched and written more like a mystery book.