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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”
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"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

Critic Reviews

“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  • Molten Beaks
  • 10-03-20

Not enough murders!

The book was ok, but nowhere near as gory as the blurb would have you think. Don‘t want to do any spoilers, but only TWO murders are described within the book, and they only found the body on one of them, so who knows if the other one took place?

It is full of extremely detailed dialogue from interviews with the supposed serial killer, where he constantly promises to reveal lots of detail, but the book ends without revealing any details!

There is enough to keep the listener interested, if you like your True Crime Pulp (as I do). But considering I thought twice before ordering as it sounded so gruesome, it was actually pretty tame as far as serial killer stuff goes.

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  • Kris
  • 09-26-20

Unnerving

I bought this having studied criminology and in particular, serial killers.

The fact I’d never heard of Israel Keyes almost terrifies me and the light this book shines on institutional cover ups is equally disturbing.

Fantastically put together, the only downside for me was the narration, which sounds a bit robotic, but I’m likely just nitpicking.

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  • John
  • 05-08-20

interesting insight

Pretty good book, the narrator is ok but her male voice impressions become hard to listen to after a few hours

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  • manfredo
  • 12-13-19

really interesting book

despite many reviews says the opposite I believe the narrator did a good job.
if you are interested in true crime or serial killers this is a must read

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  • Daniel J Clifford
  • 02-27-20

American Predator

Not a lot of content so padded out and choice of narrator poor. The female narrator putting on a gruff voice to simulate men is nuts IMHO.

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  • Fiona S
  • 01-12-20

Excellent but Scary

Can't believe how this killer is not more well known. Obviously a cover up by the powers that be. Absolutely tragic the number of errors that were made by the local police and the FBI, a girls life could have been saved, truly heartbreaking-I couldn't bear to read it. Great credit to Maureen Callaghan for writing this book but extremely scary.

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  • jackie
  • 10-08-19

Narrator bored me

Cant even return it for some reason...
Perhaps I would have got into the story if it was another narrator, I couldn't concentrate on what was being said even when I tried, just ended up daydreaming and thinking about other things.

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  • Maz Miller
  • 05-12-20

Not good

Its a boring stiry im sorry i could not gdt into it,which ix unusual for me ..

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  • Dee Cartwright
  • 03-31-20

very much less interesting than the blurb

whilst the reader was fine... in essence this is one interview with a man whom we really know little of. There is no pursuit... he is found immediately and we spend nine hours listening to a chopped version of an interview.

You will probably becdisappointed...

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  • Elinor Dashwood
  • 12-01-19

Good but not great

This is the story of (mostly the interrogation) of a recent serial killer Israel Keyes. I found it relied too heavily on interview transcripts - I don't think the writer every actually interviewed family members of the killer or victims, or, obviously, the killer himself. She has a repeated and (to me) unwarranted prejudice against the prosecutor after he apparently refused her request to be interviewed for the books, and this makes me question the objectivity of the account in general.

The narrator does a good job for the most part but occasionally mispronounces words (like pruh-PANE for PRO-pane, and pros-tetics for pros-THetics) and she needs to learn how to change her pitch or tone for subordinate clauses so as not to render sentences meaningless.

Overall, the book was competent but not particularly entertaining or fresh in terms of either writing or insights.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-19-21

Great

great story, was hard to get used to the narrator as she sounded like a computer was talking to you. Took some time to get past that but once you do it was a great listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-27-21

Incredible story, challenging narrator

This story is amazing and leaves you hanging for more as your perverse fascination with efficient serial killers proves unexpectedly burgeoning.

However, be warned that both narrator and narration path are far less efficient, and charismatic, than the killer. Starting backward, with painfully monotonous tone, this woman almost bludgeons the reader to death.

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  • Mel
  • 02-26-21

Great Listen

Interesting story kept me bingeing on listening.Narrator could have been improved but overall if your a true crime fan this story is up there in the top ten of Great True crime Audible

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-23-20

Loved the story

The narrator sounds like a robot. I enjoyed the book but found it hard to listen too

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-16-20

legit true crime but just horrific

Its a good book, might have you checking locks more than usual though.
The narration has a female doing male voices which is jarring with a dumb husband tone to it.
The author makes some fairly strong judgements that felt harsh and without nuance.
The story is well plain evil and its unrelenting but its interesting in a technical sense. I get the feeling there is very much more to know but doubt we ever will.

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  • Gregory McNulty
  • 08-15-20

Hard to put down

Enthralling. I knew nothing about this case and i was engrossed from the start

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