American Predator - Maureen Callahan

American Predator

By Maureen Callahan

  • Release Date: 2019-07-02
  • Genre: True Crime
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 263 Ratings)



An Amazon “Best Book of 2019”
Washington Post “10 Books To Read in July”
Los Angeles Times “Seven Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading”
USA Today “20 of the Season’s Hottest New Books”
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.


  • Impossible to put down

    By Aleanuh
    A captivating story that had me hooked right away. Crazy that not too many people are aware of what happened! A definite must-read!!
  • Savage!!!

    By Bwhite1919
    Amazing story that kept leaving me wanting more. Perfectly written. It put you in those interrogation rooms with this monster. Great story, great author!
  • July 26th, 2019

    By qiuzneeze
    This would better as a TV show or a documentary. The description of Alaskan culture sounds sensationalized.
  • Amateurish cliched writing

    By gonzo blanco
    Made it through 100 pages only. Skip it
  • Tenacity & Grit Level: Expert

    By Mum2abi
    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. Bravo!
  • Completely inaccurate from the first paragraph

    By WUT??
    I wanted to buy this book as I just saw a brief documentary about the book and the Israel Key case, but the first paragraph is so completely inaccurate I have serious reservations about it. How do I know? I lived in Anchorage for more than 10 years, and I was there when the murder of Samantha went down. The coffee stand is called Common Grounds, on Tudor Road (630 E Tudor Rd, Anchorage, AK 99503), I’ve driven past it countless times. The area is primarily industrial, there are (or were at the time) not any so called big box stores anywhere near it. Furthermore, Anchorage usually does not get enough snowfall at one time to create “drifts” that would (or did at that time) obscure the shop from being clearly visible from the road. The snow plows do occasionally pile up snow but it is removed fairly regularly. If the author wishes to so overly dramatize the opening paragraph rendering it factually inaccurate, what other liberties may have been taken to sensationalize the rest of the story? Hard pass on this one.
  • So intense

    By Leelo1
    This true crime story is one of the most riveting tales of pure terror I have read in years.Just reading this story had me pausing to catch my breath by the non-stop rollercoaster ride I was so skillfully put on. I highly recomend this shocking yet amazing and fast moving ride.