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 PDMost 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 prosecut...

Details American Predator

TitleAmerican Predator
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
GenreCrime, True Crime, Nonfiction, Mystery, History

Reviews American Predator

  • JanB
    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 ...
  • Brandon
    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 ...
  • Emily
    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...
  • Marialyce
    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...
  • Stephanie
    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...
  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    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...
  • Jeanette
    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...
  • Bonnie Brody
    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...
  • Karen Wright
    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...
  • Glenda
    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)
    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...
  • Karen Abbott
    Impeccably researched, gripping, chilling--I couldn't put it down (and didn't sleep for days!)
  • Shannon Kirk
    Just go get this book and read it. I have read a lot of true crime novels and I honestly can say, this one is the most meticulously constructed and gripping. Read in one day and skipped meals, that gripping. That well done. Last year I raved and raved about John Carreyrou’s amazing Bad Blood. And this year I am going to rave and rave and rave about American Predator. Just read it. Trust me.
  • Steve Tannuzzo
    How can a serial killer operate for years without law enforcement tracking him down? If you're Israel Keyes, you plan your murders well in advance. You bury "murder kits" around the country to use when you finally decide it's time. You fly to one location and then drive out of state to kill. You take cruises to throw police off the scent. This is probably the best true crime book I've read since I'll Be Gone in the Dark. Author/journalist Maureen...
  • Shira Selkovits
    One of the best true crime novels I’ve ever read. Israel Keyes is an absolute mad man and yet he’s sane. His completely random and unrelated acts of evil are incredibly terrifying and had me sleeping with the lights on while reading. This is right up there with I’ll Be Gone in the Dark as far as true crime goes, definitely do not miss if you like this genre. Definitely some horrific triggers in here: rape, murder, dismemberment, etc.
  • Kal ★ Reader Voracious
    I devoured this book in one disturbing sitting. The writing is gripping and captivating, drawing me in from the author’s note at the beginning of the book. I don’t read a lot of true crime, but I grew up watching Unsolved Mysteries, CSI, and Criminal Minds, so when my friend Jess @ Fiction No Chaser screamed to me about this one, I had to read it myself! “The subject of this book was unlike anything the FBI had ever encountered. He was a ...
  • Samantha
    This book really makes you consider people. This dude, just out there murdering and no one had any idea. He was an intelligent killer, he knew the best ways to manipulate weaknesses in law enforcement, and I've never heard of him...I guess what always pulls me in with serial killers, is just the lack of empathy. The complete disregard for another human. The feeling I have is, BUT HOW COULD YOU?!? I couldn't imagine feeling that way, and the horro...
  • Andy Klein
    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...
  • Laura (crofteereader)
    I loved the structure of this book: we start with a mystery, a missing girl, and uncover so much more, reaching back decades into a life of depravity. It follows with the chronology of the investigation but also with the way Keyes himself recounted his crimes.However, once we moved on from that final victim, the pacing lost steam. The investigators were all getting in each other's way, not to mention the killer himself. While that's true to the f...
  • Jeff McIntosh
    Unsettling, to say the least. Using the Organized/Disorganized model of serial murder proposed by some researchers, clearly Keyes would fit the "organized" serial killer, who frequently meticulously planned his crimes in advance, often burying caches of weapons, zip ties, everything he'd need to commit rapes, arson, and murder. And never left any evidence..... He has been credited with 11 murders, and suspected of more...which, unfortunately, wi...
  • Savannah
    You know it's an effective true crime book when you think about taking every self defense class ever as well as begin lifting weights. This was super interesting from start to finish and the subject of the book is really and truly "a new kind of monster" that you've probably never heard of.
  • Shanna Davis
    Terrifying, propulsive, eerie....this book has everything a true crime reader could want. The ease of the writing style unfolds the horrific details of both the killer & law enforcement's handling of the case, keeping the reader enthralled. I'm still chilled.
  • Jill Meyer
    It's not easy to write a good true crime book. My criteria for judging the genre is 5 stars for a book like "In Cold Blood" by Truman Capote, "The Executioner's Song" by Norman Mailer, and anything written by Thomas Thompson. Four stars for anything by Ann Rule. It's very rare to find a book worthy of five stars, though I have found several over the years. Four stars is a little bit easier to find, and a good example might be Maureen Callahan's n...
  • Susannah
    Compelling, unputdownable, FRIGHTENING!
  • D
    I just hope this book gets federal prosecutor and complete moron Kevin Feldis fired.
  • truedeceiver
    Wowsers. This is a true true crime book. I couldn't put it down. It's terrifying and so upsetting.
  • Jaclyn
    4 Starts. ~ Thank you to the publishers, Viking, for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. ~ Available Now!American Predator is a satisfying page-turner for any true crime fan. The story opens with the kidnapping of Samantha Koenig in Anchorage Alaska. This kidnapping turns out to be the downfall of Israel Keyes, a modern serial killer who managed to work under the radar despite traveling across country to commit his crimes. In this work, Ma...
  • Zainab
    Maureen Callahan is an award winning investigative journalist so this book has lots of facts and data and very less emphasis on sensationalism. I welcomed her approach.This book is about a very meticulous serial killer who is the scariest one I have ever known about. And I am fascinated by serial killers and have read quite a lot. He is scariest because he was not only physically strong, but had a background of working in army. He knew weapons so...
  • Mom_Loves_Reading
    I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. Happy Pub Day to “American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century” by Maureen Callahan.True crime enthusiasts will love this! Readers of suspense and thrillers will love this! It is one of the most well written, most well researched non-fiction books I have ever read. Some of the content is hard to stomach, but it is written with sensit...
  • Jessica (Just a Girl with a Book)
    Wow - what a crazy read! If you know my bookish habits, you know that I struggle reading nonfiction on paper and usually resort to audiobooks. I attribute this to my need for a somewhat fast-paced plot, and informational texts don't often read like thrillers. But I adore documentaries and podcasts, so audio is the medium in which NF is most enjoyable for me.I read this one in under 24 hours, guys. It was that good. Written by award-winning invest...