American predator : the hunt for the most meticulous serial killer of the 21st century / Maureen Callahan.
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- ISBN: 9780525428640
- ISBN: 052542864X
- Physical Description: pages cm
- Publisher: New York : Viking, 2019.
|Summary, etc.:|| "A gripping tour de force of investigative journalism that takes us deep into the investigation behind one of the most frightening and enigmatic serial killers in modern American history, and into the ranks of a singular American police force: the Anchorage PD Most of us have never heard of Israel Keyes. But he is one of the most ambitious, meticulous serial killers of modern time. The FBI considered his behavior unprecedented. Described by a prosecutor as "a force of pure evil," he 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 and over the course of fourteen years, 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, 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 on-the-ground 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 the limitations of traditional law enforcement, in one of America's most isolated environments--Alaska--when faced with a killer who defies all expectation and categorization"-- Provided by publisher.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 May #2
*Starred Review* 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 risksâincluding 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)âboth the book and its recent Netflix adaptationâand the long-running police drama Criminal Minds. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
Maureen Callahan is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, columnist, and commentator. She has covered everything from pop culture to politics. Her writing has appeared in Vanity Fair, New York, Spin, and the New York Post, where she is critic at large. She lives in New York.
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