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"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
American Predator is a true-crime book that reads like a fast-paced police procedural. Veteran journalist Maureen Callahan takes us into the mind of a serial killer who crisscrossed the country committing all manner of bizarre crimes—notably, at least a dozen murders. FBI agents identified and caught the low-key Israel Keyes only by sheer luck following a shocking kidnapping and homicide in Anchorage, Alaska. Callahan takes a compassionate-yet-thrilling look at the intense—and sometimes corrupt—investigation and the perpetrator of the most sensational crime spree you’ve never heard of.
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Tenacity & Grit Level: Expert
I’m in the midst of remodeling my home and still couldn’t put this book down.
The author has my sincere awe. Battling corruption & cover ups in Court to bring light to this evil and tell this story shows dedication to the truth & transparency.
The writer is respectful of the families of victims. The rubberneck part of me wants to know all the gory details, but a bigger part of me admires her integrity & craft to gently & subtly guide us to the macabre without leaving us feeling dirty. A class act.
I could spend another hour writing about the masterful prose, sensitivity to the subject, detailed research and so on, but my remodel is behind schedule now (worth it!) so please just read this book.
Then sit & contemplate the monumental feat that you just witnessed within the pages.
July 26th, 2019
This would better as a TV show or a documentary. The description of Alaskan culture sounds sensationalized.
Amateurish cliched writing
Made it through 100 pages only. Skip it