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Years later, posing as scholarly Dr. Fell, curator of a grand family's palazzo, Hannibal lives the good life in Florence, playing lovely tunes by serial killer/composer Henry VIII and killing hardly anyone himself. Clarice is unluckier: in the novel's action-film-like opening scene, she survives an FBI shootout gone wrong, and her nemesis, Paul Krendler, makes her the fall guy. Clarice is suspended, so, unfortunately, the first cop who stumbles on Hannibal is an Italian named Pazzi, who takes after his ancestors, greedy betrayers depicted in Dante's Inferno.
Pazzi is on the take from a character as scary as Hannibal: Mason Verger. When Verger was a young man busted for raping children, his vast wealth saved him from jail. All he needed was psychotherapy--with Dr. Lecter. Thanks to the treatment, Verger is now on a respirator, paralyzed except for one crablike hand, watching his enormous, brutal moray eel swim figure eights and devour fish. His obsession is to feed Lecter to some other brutal pets.
What happens when the Italian cop gets alone with Hannibal? How does Clarice's reunion with Lecter go from macabre to worse? Suffice it to say that the plot is Harris's weirdest, but it still has his signature mastery of realistic detail. There are flaws: Hannibal's madness gets a motive, which is creepy but lessens his mystery. If you want an exact duplicate of The Silence of the Lambs's Clarice/Hannibal duel, you'll miss what's cool about this book--that Hannibal is actually upstaged at points by other monsters. And if you think it's all unprecedentedly horrible, you're right. But note that the horrors are described with exquisite taste. Harris's secret recipe for success is restraint. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
It's been seven years since Special Agent Clarice Starling visited Hannibal Lecter in the asylum in "Silence of the Lambs. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2008 by Kona
The ending of this book is so implausible that it effectively ruins the book. (I am about to write about the ending, so if you don't want to know about it, don't read further. Read morePublished on May 13 2004 by debunk crapwrite
The thing that stands out the most for me after reading this abomination is the obvious contempt, no, LOATHING Thomas Harris has for his readers. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by rat fan
Wow! Can you say "SELL OUT"? Was this book about Hannibal or the history and tourism of Italy? Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004 by Nancy K. Wagner
It is not hard to see why. Harris has spent much time on writing this one and in the hands of the right editor this book is nothing short of expertly published. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by OverTheMoon
Yes, this book has been reviewed to death. I thihk, however, in light of the film, it deserves one more rebuttal. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004
Isn't it amusing to notice that the reviewers who downgrade the book don't spell the characters' names right? I've seen Lectors, Lechters, and even Lectures. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2003
This is about a woman named Clarice Starling and her life working as a FBI officer. Clarice is the best FBI officer there ever was in Washington. Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2003 by a student
Thomas Harris, best known for the creation of the character of Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, bring his popular anti-hero back for one last crusade in the pursuit of Clarice... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003 by Scott Kolecki