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Lying on a cot in his cell with Alexandre Dumas's Le Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine open on his chest, Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter makes his debut in this legendary horror novel, which is even better than its sequel, The Silence of the Lambs. As in Silence, the pulse-pounding suspense plot involves a hypersensitive FBI sleuth who consults psycho psychiatrist Lecter for clues to catching a killer on the loose.
The sleuth, Will Graham, actually quit the FBI after nearly getting killed by Lecter while nabbing him, but fear isn't what bugs him about crime busting. It's just too creepy to get inside a killer's twisted mind. But he comes back to stop a madman who's been butchering entire families. The FBI needs Graham's insight, and Graham needs Lecter's genius. But Lecter is a clever fiend, and he manipulates both Graham and the killer at large from his cell.
That killer, Francis Dolarhyde, works in a film lab, where he picks his victims by studying their home movies. He's obsessed with William Blake's bizarre painting The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun, believing there's a red dragon within him, the personification of his demonic drives. Flashbacks to Dolarhyde's terrifying childhood and superb stream-of-consciousness prose get us right there inside his head. When Dolarhyde does weird things, we understand why. We sympathize when the voice of the cruel dead grandma who raised and crazed him urges him to mayhem--she's way scarier than that old bat in Psycho. When he falls in love with a blind girl at the lab, we hope he doesn't give in to Grandma's violent advice.
This book is awesomely detailed, ingeniously plotted, judiciously gory, and fantastically imagined. If you haven't read it, you've never had the creeps. --Tim Appelo --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Acclaim for the novels of Thomas Harris:
For Black Sunday:
"Frighteningly believable."—Chicago Tribune
"Suspenseful, nightmarish."—Los Angeles Times
"Breathtaking. All forces converge with an apocalyptic bang!"— New York Times
"Fast-paced, all too realistic... with a shattering climax."—Kirkus Reviews
"A spellbinder... The race to save the Super Bowl is hair-raising, one that will keep you rooted to your chair."—Hartford Courant
For Red Dragon:
"Red Dragon is an engine designed for one purpose—to make the pulse pound, the heart palpitate, the fear glands secrete."—New York Times Book Review
"A gruesome, graphic, gripping thriller... Extraordinarily harrowing."—Plain Dealer, Cleveland
"Want to faint with fright? Want to have your hair stand on end? Want to read an unforgettable thriller with equal parts of horror and suspense? Harris was obviously only warming up with his best seller Black Sunday."—Daily News, New York
"Irresistible... A shattering thriller... Readers should buckle themselves in for a long night's read because from the first pages... Harris grabs hold."—Publishers Weekly
"The scariest book of the season."—Washington Post Book World
"Easily the crime novel of the year."—Newsday
A fantastic book! Anyone who loves thrillers, or even loves the Hannibal series, needs to read this book! Loved it!Published 17 days ago by Adam White
Overall the books condition is very acceptable, good even. There was a couple of bent pages and the books cover has seen better days but the hardcover it self is in great... Read morePublished 11 months ago by ALLKINDSOFTHINGS
decent story, the mystery is virtuely non existent but a large part of the novel takes polace from the killers point of veiw and tells his back story which was very interesting. Read morePublished 12 months ago by elliot wilson
A wonderful and thrilling introduction to one of the best literary monsters ever conceived, Red Dragon's greatest strength lies not in the origins of the Tooth Fairy, but in the... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert Josef Sharpe
Part 1 of the story follows Will Graham trying to catch the Tooth Fairy. In part 2 it follows The Fairy killer I personally preferred the story following him showing us a man who... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Abraham
Read this years ago but wanted to re-read after watching the Hannibal tv show. A real page turner, zipped through this in a couple of sittings. Good stuff!Published 18 months ago by M. Ward
I'd picked this up because I wanted a page-turner that wouldn't offend me inane prose and tedious cliff-hanger chapter breaks (Dan Brown, I'm looking at you). Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mad Dog
It starts off strongly but it eventually falls into some pretty predictable plot lines for this genre. Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by Sarah Sammis