American Predator by Maureen Callahan

American Predator

A gripping tour de force of investigative journalism that takes us deep into the investigation behind one of the most frightening and enigmatic serial killers in modern American history, and into the ranks of a singular American police force: the Alaska PD.Most of us have never heard of Israel Keyes. But he is one of the most ambitious, meticulous serial killers of modern time. The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented. Described by a prosecu...


Details American Predator

TitleAmerican Predator
ISBN9780525428640
Author
Release DateNov 2nd, 2019
PublisherViking
LanguageEnglish
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Mystery, Audiobook
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Reviews American Predator

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2019-09-11
    ”Payne and Bell recognized Keyes’ threat as the mind control of an experienced criminal. Payne had learned it at Quantico and heard variations in countless confessions.‘You’ll regret it.’ ‘I’ll hurt you.’Neither is: ‘I’ll kill you,’ and that gives a victim hope. The best criminals always leave that window open, because it makes manipulating and controlling someone so much easier. And victims often believe, fatally, that they...
  • JanB
    2019-07-19
    Billed as the most terrifying serial killer you’ve never heard of, I first heard of Israel Keyes on the podcast Crime Junkie. The why, where, and how he was caught, and the hours of interrogation by investigators, make up the bulk of this fascinating book.Despite multiple blunders by the police, Keyes was arrested for the kidnapping of a teenage girl as the result of a fortuitous traffic stop. Unfortunately, she had been murdered and they soon ...
  • megs_bookrack
    2019-10-05
    Meg's advice for October: Read. This. Book.Me upon completion:You want to feel this way in Spooktober, don't you???Quite honestly, this was by far the most disturbing book I read all month.American Predator is a nonfiction account of the capture and subsequent investigation of serial killer, Israel Keyes. Fortunately for the reader, this is much more than a droll portrayal of one monster's heinous crimes. Thiclass="gr-hostedUserImg">American Me...
  • Brandon
    2019-02-25
    American Predator is the story of Alaskan serial killer Israel Keyes, his crimes and how he was captured.I was chatting with a friend when the subject of what I was currently reading came up. I mentioned this book and I began thinking about why I’m always drawn to true crime – specifically serial killers/mass murderers. I certainly don’t admire them nor do I particularly care why they do what they do. Then I realized that I like to see how ...
  • Valerity (Val)
    2019-07-30
    This book could really give you nightmares thinking about this man randomly traveling the US, with his buried ‘kill kits’ all over ready for him when the mood struck. Maureen Callahan does a great job introducing us to a frightening killer whose true scope will never be known. There was apparently some attempts to cover up his story by the government for a while when they caught up to him. This was during a period that they were trying to neg...
  • Emily
    2019-06-17
    American Predator is by far one of the best true crime books I've read. It has a fascinating format - it starts with Israel Keyes' final victim and works backward. It sounds like this could get sloppy, but Maureen Callahan weaves it together so well. I sometimes have trouble reading true crime because of how dry it can be, but this book was addicting as hell (and not dry at all). The author tells a story, and doesn't just shout facts at you. I lo...
  • Johann (jobis89)
    2019-08-07
    “If he had been about five seconds slower getting out of his car and going into his apartment, he would have been The One that night.”When we talk about the most prolific and horrifying serial killers, such as Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Jeffrey Dahmer etc, we should be adding another name to the list - Israel Keyes.Prior to the hype around this book, and seeing that Last Podcast on the Left had covered him across a few episodes, I really had...
  • Diane in Australia
    2019-10-17
    Israel Keyes was a serial killer par excellence. He was usually the smartest person in the room ... any room, all kinds of people ... including the police, attorneys, and the FBI agents ... and he was well aware of this fact. He was very much 'at home in his own skin'.The author spent over a decade researching how the FBI finally caught him, and what transpired afterwards. She did many interviews with folks who knew Israel, and several members of...
  • Peter Monn
    2019-08-12
    One of the best true crime books I have ever read! My full review will be up on my booktube channel at http://YouTube.com/peterlikesbooks
  • Rachel
    2019-09-05
    I don't read much true crime, but I saw this new release and decided to give it a shot. I had never heard of this serial killer before, which is frightening considering how many people he killed and the geographical range of where he did it. The book was written well and most importantly, it was written in a non-exploitative way. I'd recommend it if you're interested in true crime, but I gotta say during and after reading this I was really nervou...
  • Marialyce
    2019-07-19
    When choosing a book to read, Jan and I share curiosity into the psyche of people, especially those who seem to defy what it means to be human, to be empathetic, to be a functioning member of society. For those who go against everything we think is normal human behavior, the psychopath, we look to find the motivations. Like the author, Maureen Callahan, we want to know they why, the how could this have happened, and most importantly can we ever k...
  • Scott
    2019-09-17
    4.5 stars"As our society grows more mobile, and as the availability of weapons of mass destruction increases, the ability of the antisocial personality to realize his rapacious and murderous fantasies grows apace." -- former FBI agent / profiler Robert K. Ressler (who is said to have coined the term 'serial killer')Ms. Callahan's American Predator focuses on a methodical criminal who does not have the name recognition of Ted Bundy (*not that thes...
  • Stephanie
    2019-05-13
    True crime has been a guilty pleasure of mine for at least 30 years…I remember working in a public library and happily discovering the 364.1523 shelves (where even today I still browse, although TBH public library budgets often prevent a lot of trashy ephemeral reading material from making it to the shelves). These days, true crime has become a pop culture THING, and there’s no shortage of readily available books, movies, and podcasts dedicat...
  • Jill Hutchinson
    2019-08-31
    This book has consistently received 4/5 star ratings and I was interested to learn about Israel Keyes, a serial killer that most people have never heard of, including me. Let me give credit to the author for her in-depth research and interviews with people who were peripherally involved with Keyes. But the book just doesn't deliver and again I am in the minority!Keyes confessed to one murder and suggested that maybe he committed two others but he...
  • Tracy Frenette
    2019-08-14
    American Predator by Maureen Callaghan This was a biography, true crime story about the serial killer Israel Keyes from Alaska. So this was the first time I read a true crime story and I made sure to pick one that was highly recommended. I guess they are just not my cup of tea. I'm mean it was an interesting story but I found myself bored and couldn't wait for it to be over. It just dragged on and on. With that being said I'm giving this one 3/5...
  • Eric
    2019-07-27
    American Predator by Maureen Callahan details the investigation and capture regarding serial killer Israel Keyes. Keyes was a one-man criminal enterprise who committed burglaries, arsons, sexual assaults, thefts and murders all across the USA until his capture in 2012. The book starts out slow, but quickly picks up speed and hits all the right notes of above average/high tier true-crime books. As with many tales detailing complex and broad crimin...
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    2019-07-24
    RATING: 3 STARSI first heard about this case on 48 Hours or Dateline and it blew me away. Just when you think you have seen it all with serial killers, then there comes the arrest of Israel Keyes. No law enforcement agency was aware of this serial killer. Meaning that they had not connected Keyes' victims to one predator. There was no looking for him. Often his murders weren't even discovered. We know of three murdered victims, and one only becau...
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    2019-06-12
    True crime is a topic that has always interested me. What goes on in someone’s mind that causes them to perform such brutal crimes? American Predator was exactly the book for me and I found myself wondering how is it that I have never heard of the serial killer Israel Keyes? Israel Keyes a seemingly normal guy living in anchorage Alaska who was a construction worker and no one suspected him being pure evil! How did this man get away with murder...
  • Sarah Ames-Foley
    2019-10-09
    This review can also be found on my blog.Wow, this one was definitely a doozy. I picked up American Predator for week one of the #FridayFrightAThon 2019, hosted by Melanie, Amy, Jen, and Chelsea. It hadn’t really been on my radar before that, but I thought it sounded intriguing and decided to participate. And oh boy, intriguing doesn’t even begin to cover it!The book starts with a deep dive into the disappearance of Samantha Koenig, who had g...
  • Jeanette
    2019-07-21
    This is a most difficult read. For me, the first 50 to 70 pages was so dense with titles and layers of policing and Anchorage Alaska "knowns" that I found myself rereading. At times, entire sections of at least 2 pages. Many moving parts, and in a place where nearly all are at times "independent", wily, and unstructured enough to only tell the parts of the story or the eye witness notice that they WANT to tell. Not what they "need" to tell in ord...
  • Karen Wright
    2019-07-02
    This book does nothing but show how a serial killer is glorified in what he did, by highlighting his crimes and letting us know how his sick mind worked. The book is confusing from the start as it begins at the end. Then the author digs up old transcripts with the killer's own words and demonstrates how he manipulated law enforcement over and over again. It also shines a light on the ineptness of the FBI and law enforcement in handling cases like...
  • Andy Klein
    2019-07-03
    At times interesting and often disturbing, the book, in the end, was a disappointment. It had very little to do with the hunt for Keyes, and had much more to do with snippets of interviews of the man when in custody. I also found the hit job on the AUSA Kevin Feldis to be uncalled for. It’s obvious that he did not consent to he interviewed, so the author painted him in a terrible light based on interviews she did with the lead investigators who...
  • Evelyn Medina
    2019-09-18
    This book made me so uncomfortable...in a good way? I’m still not sure. This is actually my first true crime read and I went in knowing absolutely nothing about Israel Keyes, so this was a doozy. I found it interesting that the author decided to start this from the end of the killer’s spree when he was finally caught, then go back and talk about all of his other victims. I will admit it was really hard to get through some of the stories about...
  • Marianna Neal
    2019-10-11
    4.5 out of 5Me during the first 3rd of this book: hmmm, I feel like "American Predator" is a bit of an extreme title for this, especially when it's just one caseMe during the rest of this book: WHO IS THIS GUY WHAT THE HELL
  • Bonnie Brody
    2019-07-06
    I finished this book last night and remained in a state of terror for a few hours. I made sure all my doors were locked, my security alarm was on, and the outside lights to the house were off. True crime books occasionally interest me but I was very anxious to read this one because I'd lived in Alaska for over 40 years and had never heard of Israel Keyes. How could this be possible, given the extent and magnitude of his crimes? Maureen Callahan d...
  • Brenda
    2019-08-31
    3.5 stars
  • Glenda
    2019-05-25
    4.5 starsBundy and Bianchi really can't hold a candle to this one.American Predator looks into the crimes of a somewhat unknown modern-day serial killer named Israel Keyes. The author draws on interviews and legal recordings to paint a picture of a true sociopath. While there is not the drawn out background and legalese-type writing that authors like Ann Rule are known for, I give kudos to author Maureen Callahan for writing an honest narrative w...
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    2019-07-17
    I used to scour the internet to read about all the killers out there. Kids, women, partners, serial... it didn't matter - if it was true crime, I was reading about it. I can't imagine the hours I put into all of this. FASCINATING. There's no looking past the fact that these people are diabolical and mostly geniuses. Put into this, the wrong law enforcement person put in charge of interviewing them and all kinds of things can go haywire. As manipu...
  • Julie (A Girl and a Book)
    2019-08-17
    **4.5** I think if you enjoyed I'll Be Gone in the Dark or the TV show Mindhunter, you will really enjoy this! I had never heard of this serial killer before but man..he was one evil dude.
  • kelly ♥
    2019-10-16
    American Predator is a meticulously researched, well laid-out true crime novel that explores the murders of Alaskan serial killer Israel Keyes. Maureen Callahan has trawled through various FBI depositions, records, interviews, etc to pull together this compendium on one of the least well-known, but perhaps one of the deadliest, serial killers of modern America. I'd heard Israel Keyes' name once or twice before in a couple of true crime podcasts, ...