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Instant New York Times Best Seller
An Amazon “Best Book of 2019”

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 14 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.

©2019 Maureen Callahan (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“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 Reviews)

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 best-selling author of Brain on Fire)

“Investigative journalist Callahan provides a chilling true-crime narrative in this detailed study of Israel Keyes, whom she describes as ‘a new kind of monster, likely responsible for the greatest string of unsolved disappearances and murders in modern American history.’... Through Callahan’s access to many of the key players in law enforcement, she has produced the definitive account of a terrifying psychopath.” (Publishers Weekly

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Forced to Stop Listening

I really wanted to like this book. However, just a little way in, I had to stop because the awful fake parodies of male voices by this female reader render it impossible to continue. Given the seriousness of the subject matter, I cannot understand why the performer and sound engineers/director made this abysmal choice. It completely ruins the narration.

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Engaging book with awkward voice performance

The story is excellent and engaging. It's clearly well researched and is presented in an interesting and easy to follow manner. The only issue I had was with the voice performance, it sounded robotic and the impressions were mocking. Overall it's a great experience and I highly recommend it.

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Hard to listen to

The voice turned me off the story. I had a very hard time getting into it as the readers voice was too fake and monotone.

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  • Max
  • 2020-05-01

Fascinating story

The story of Israel Keyes is horrifying and I was really looking forward to learning more from this book.
However, the narration was terrible. At times I wondered if it was computer generated.
On top of that the way she did male voices was irritating and all sounded the same. It was extremely distracting and I wish I had read the hard copy of the book instead.

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Great Book! Couldn't put it down!!!!

The content of the book makes up for the poor narration of the book, which came across as robotic.

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Should have just bought the book

You know what really helps emphasize the terror and suspense of this story!?? Goofy voices.....
Seriously. Had to stop listening because Amy Landon's narrating was so annoying. Only got to chapter 10 :(
The story itself is fascinating though!! Will definitely order the book so I can finish it.

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Great

I listened to this book every chance I got. It was so well made and kept me interested until the very end

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Best Deep Dive into a Serial Killer's Mind

Without Maureen Callahan's courage and money lay-out to sue for records on this case, much of what is in this book the public would have never known.

This is a textbook example of what is wrong with interrogation techniques by ill-equipped people, however rightfully they are, by law, allowed to interview a psychopathic killer who will, in the end, play them every time. The APD and the Alaskan FBI knew best how to manage this man, and the D.A. effectively screwed it up.

Do I think Keyes would have given up any extra info if the detectives didn't first divulge to him as per suspected victims? No.
Predators like this will always manipulate interviews. But if the D.A. had dropped his need for Ego gratification and Career ladder-climbing, the police would have gleaned more, as per locations and timeframes that could have led to more victim locations — my opinion.

Until law enforcement agencies put together an international set of guidelines in how to handle these predators — that every person in all areas of justice and law enforcement must abide — mistakes like this WILL continue to happen. Psychologists and specially trained interrogators MUST be the team going into these interview rooms, and best practices must be adhered to if we ever want to a) better know how to better prevent young people from becoming serial killers in the first place; and b) glean the best and most complete info as to their kills in order to give some kind of closure to family members needing their loved ones returned.

American Predator should be a must-read to all law enforcement entities dealing with these predators. It's a book one could read and re-read to fully glean all the good process information therein. Congratulations, Ms. Callahan, on a stellar result!

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A new Crime Non Fiction must read.

I loved this. I wish it was longer. This is one of those books like Ann Rule's "A Stranger Beside Me." It has the FBI scientific explanations of the serial killer's motivations, survivors terrifying first hand experiences and the thoughts of the officers.

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best audiobook yet.

an incredible amount of transcripts and detailed information. obsessed with this book and I started it with no knowledge of this case.

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  • jofi00
  • 2019-10-23

Why you shouldn’t listen to Reviews

This read is exactly why you have to judge things for yourself & not depend totally on reviews. I almost didn’t buy this from all the “man voice” comments. The reader of this book is so awesome until I have to wonder if people are actually listening to the book or if they’re reading the reviews and simply commenting in kind.
Landon makes this book unputdownable. Please see for yourself. You can barely differentiate between her “man” voice and her narrative woman’s voice. There is only a slight lowering of the voice to show changes btw speakers. Had she not done that it would have been difficult to keep up if you multitask, like me, while listening to books and get distracted for a moment or two. Please LISTEN FOR YOURSELF!

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  • Kyle
  • 2020-01-06

How did he slip by?

How is it possible that he is not talked about more among true crime enthusiasts? Being raised with constant changing religious views, the isolation of living on the outskirts of small Utah towns, Israel Keyes had not only an interesting upbringing but you can see the many signs that lead him to become the monster that he was. This book I have recommended to many people. If you are interested in true crime this is a must read.

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  • intric8
  • 2019-11-20

Alexa, Read American Predator

Ever wonder what it might be like to hear a crime thriller as read by Alexa? Wonder no more.

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  • BarryBadrinath
  • 2019-11-10

The reader is hard to listen to

Great story that keeps you intrigued but its overshadowed by a reader, who when switches to a male characters voice, sounds very awkward. But beautifully written

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  • Mindy B.
  • 2020-02-04

One of the scarier ones

He claims he never stalked or picked anyone out before killing them, they just came across his path by chance... literally all across America. The woman’s “man voice” wasn’t an issue, it was the dialogue, and I’m guessing she has no control over that. You want the interrogator to spit out his words, and sometimes they sounded stupid. That’s what I found annoying! Good book, creepy dude, feel bad for his victims families and the ones we’ll never be able to confirm.

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  • Kimberly
  • 2019-07-10

not my style, for 2 reasons

I enjoy True Crime nonfictions- I mostly enjoy how they get caught- the forensics, the work and luck that go into finding them and getting them to trial and the final justice- this book, other than the very beginning, provides neither. They start backwards from catching him and then we find out he is treated like a king, while incarcerated, in order to get information from him the investigators and prosecutors letting him call all the shots as he vividly describes the horrors of the murders- all the hour-by-hour terror the victims went through- then they go back to being enthralled by him as gives away more and more to the prosecutors- in the end, his demise is not justice but getting his own way..our system of doting on serial killers in order to find bodies and get local glory for the DA's is wrong-

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  • Scot McLellan
  • 2019-11-27

Captivating and chilling

The most evil person you’ve never heard of. How many more just like him are stalking innocent people right now?

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  • P'an
  • 2019-07-04

A personal plea...

Please, please, for the love of all that is good in this world, Ms Amy Landon, in any future audiobooks you record, PLEASE -- stop doing your "man voice." This would be a fine example of a better-than-average true crime book about a subject that has long needed a comprehensive storyline like this, but oh my gawd. This would be an example of a slightly poorer-than-average narration: robotic, upspeak-ridden, but generally forgivable. But the man voice. Lord almighty, the man voice. This is a book about a man. Most of the investigators are men. There is nothing wrong with a female narrator reading a female author's words from male characters' points of view. Until the reader in question starts putting on a deep, cartoony, buffoonish manspeak affectation for every male who speaks in the book. It's more than distracting. It was almost funny the first time..... this isn't a comedy book. It got unfunny really quickly. I really should have bought the Kindle version.

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  • Hunter Harrell
  • 2019-07-19

Great story, below average Narrator

I loved this book and I highly recommend it. my only wish is that it had a better Narrator. This Narrator's mens voice impressions all sound exactly the same, so when she is reading conversations its confusing and sounds like the same man talking to himself. Most Narrator's will slightly adjust the tone or speech pattern, where as this one has 2 voices, a Male impression and her own voice. Like I said she wasn't horrible but that just bugged me. Overall great story and dibs to the author for getting us more details on Israel Keyes.

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  • Night
  • 2019-11-14

Fantastic and disturbing. Narrator is great

I don't understand the complaints these people have against this narrator. They are convoluted, and petty. They must have issues of their own going on in their lives when listening to this great audio book.

The predator(serial murderer) in this book is horrendous. He's an animal. I'm still listening to the book so have not finished it yet.
I give it a full 5 stars on Overall, Performance, and Story. Please disregard these people who are saying the narration is bad.
She does an excellent job, she gets all of the emotion, intelligence, and information across perfectly.

I highly recommend this book. Hands down.

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