American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century

Category: Book
By (author): Callahan, Maureen
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws
  TRUE CRIME / Murder / General
  TRUE CRIME / Murder / Serial Killers
  WEIRD / True Crime
Publisher: Viking
Published: July 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.75in
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$ 36.00
Availability:
Available: 2 Jul 2019

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From The Publisher*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 Anchorage 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 prosecutor as "a force of pure evil," he 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 and over the course of fourteen years, 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, 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 on-the-ground 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 the limitations of traditional law enforcement, in one of America's most isolated environments--Alaska--when faced with a killer who defies all expectation and categorization.
Review Quote*Praise for American Predator

"American Predator is the scariest book I've ever read. No exaggeration-the book you hold is bone-chilling. Maureen Callahan explores the black heart of a new kind of American monster-a serial killer that confounded our most elite criminal profilers-and the race-against-time investigation to follow. This is the work of a journalist in her prime, telling you the story the FBI doesn't want you to hear and delivering an unforgettable tale of evil that will haunt you. Mark my words: This modern true crime classic will stand with the likes of Jeff Guinn's Manson, Ann Rule's The Stranger Beside Me, and Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark."
-Susannah Cahalan, New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire

"Wow! American Predator is excellent and it is terrifying. 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  

"I started American Predator late at night and grew terrified just a few pages in-yet I could not put it down. Through deep interviews with FBI special agents and newly uncovered documents, Maureen Callahan crafts a chilling and unforgettable portrait of a singularly cunning killer and the diverse members of law enforcement he strove to outwit. Read it as soon as possible-in daylight."
-Karen Abbott, New York Times bestselling author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy and Sin in the Second City

"Prepare to lose sleep. Prepare to skip meals. Maureen Callahan delivers a masterful telling of the monster who threatened a nation. Spellbinding and unforgettable." 
-Adam Makos, New York Times bestselling author of Spearhead  

"A deep dive into the twisted life of Israel Keyes, ‘a new kind of monster' . . . Serial killers often commit their crimes close to home, inside a comfort zone, but as the author documents throughout this compelling narrative, little about Keyes fit the conventional serial-killer mold . . . [Callahan] offers fascinating context about law enforcement investigative techniques and revelations about how a murderer can strike again and again without being detected for more than a decade."
-Kirkus
Biographical NoteMaureen Callahan is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, columnist, and commentator. She has covered everything from pop culture to politics. Her writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, New York, Spin, and the New York Post, where she is currently critic-at-large. She lives in New York.