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American predator : the hunt for the most meticulous serial killer of the 21st century
2019
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A Washington Post "10 Books To Read in July"
A Los Angeles Times "Seven Highly Anticipated Books for Summer Reading"
A USA Today "20 of the Season's Hottest New Books"
A New York Post "25 Best Beach Reads of 2019 You Need to Pre-Order 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.
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The subtitle of Callahan's (Champagne Supernovas, 2014) true-crime drama is a bit misleading, as the hunt for Israel Keyes is over by page 60. But what follows is a fascinating attempt to profile a serial killer that defies categorization. When an Anchorage teenager goes missing in 2012, local police muddle the case from the beginning. It's only due to Keyes' mistakes that he's caught, in Texas. Shortly after the interrogation begins, it's clear that this isn't the first time Keyes has committed murder. Rather, he'd become so skilled that he started taking more risks including committing the crime in his hometown, where he was known as a capable carpenter and loving father. Previously, Keyes had generally carried out his plans in the lower 48, burying kill kits that he would return to, disposing of remains in a different state, and taking advantage of ill-equipped, small-town police departments. Keyes is terrifying, and his crimes horrific, but Callahan's focus on the FBI's attempts to learn about his other crimes makes for a truly edge-of-your-seat page-turner even without the hunt. A must for fans of Mindhunter (1995) both the book and its recent Netflix adaptation and the long-running police drama Criminal Minds.--Kathy Sexton Copyright 2019 Booklist
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