As a true crime fanatic I was extremely excited (and humbled) when a Viking Books rep reached out to me with the opportunity to read American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century. With a title like that it was hard to not grab at the chance to read this thriller. For most, the names Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and Jeffrey Dahmer come to mind as the most notorious serial killers in American history. Yet most people have never heard of Israel Keyes, one of the most ambitious and terrifying serial killers in modern history. He buried "kill kits"--cash, weapons, and body-disposal tools--in remote locations across the country. If just that fact alone isn't scary enough, then it will shock readers to know that 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.
As detailed in the summary of the book, 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 readers on a journey into the chilling, nightmarish mind of a relentless killer, and to the limitations of traditional law enforcement.
Delve into the mind of one of America’s most ambitious and terrifying serial killers in modern history. American Predator details the life and crimes of serial killer Israel Keyes - a truly complex and horrifying human being. For those of you who have read I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara, be prepared to read this intense and sinister true crime book! It will give you chills, all while pulling you into even darker depths of the mind of a true psychopath. I was shocked, scared, and intrigued with the information on every page. Though the book focuses mostly on Keyes, it discusses some of his known victims and their deaths in an informative but respectful manner. It also details law enforcement's endless efforts to catch Keyes and the interviews that took place after his capture. Callahan is very detailed, as her passion for this book is evident with every chapter. This book is thorough but easy to follow, and is nothing short of a page turner. True crime lovers - this is simply a must read! American Predator will be released on July 2, 2019 and is available on multiple platforms - so make sure to pre-order so you can have it ready to read ASAP!