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SILENCE OF LAMB [Mass Market Paperback]

Thomas Harris
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May 15 1989
As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknames "Buffalo Bill," FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him.

That man, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a former psychiatrist with unusual tastes and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. His intimate understanding of the killer and of Clarice herself form the core of Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs--an unforgettable classic of suspense fiction.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris, is even better than the successful movie. Like his earlier Red Dragon, the book takes us inside the world of professional criminal investigation. All the elements of a well-executed thriller are working here--driving suspense, compelling characters, inside information, publicity-hungry bureaucrats thwarting the search, and the clock ticking relentlessly down toward the death of another young woman. What enriches this well-told tale is the opportunity to live inside the minds of both the crime fighters and the criminals as each struggles in a prison of pain and seeks, sometimes violently, relief.

Clarice Starling, a precociously self-disciplined FBI trainee, is dispatched by her boss, Section Chief Jack Crawford, the FBI's most successful tracker of serial killers, to see whether she can learn anything useful from Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Lecter's a gifted psychopath whose nickname is "The Cannibal" because he likes to eat parts of his victims. Isolated by his crimes from all physical contact with the human race, he plays an enigmatic game of "Clue" with Starling, providing her with snippets of data that, if she is smart enough, will lead her to the criminal. Undaunted, she goes where the data takes her. As the tension mounts and the bureaucracy thwarts Starling at every turn, Crawford tells her, "Keep the information and freeze the feelings." Insulted, betrayed, and humiliated, Starling struggles to focus. If she can understand Lecter's final, ambiguous scrawl, she can find the killer. But can she figure it out in time? --Barbara Schlieper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

In this thrillingly effective follow-up to Harris's masterful 1981 suspense novel Red Dragon, the heroine is new, but the villain isn't: Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the evil genius who played a small but crucial role in the earlier novel, returns, to mesmerizing effect. When a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill (he kidnaps, slays and skins young women) begins a crosscountry rampage, FBI trainee Clarice Starling tries to interview Lecter, a psychiatrist whose brilliant insights into the criminally insane are matched only by his bloodlusthe's currently imprisoned for nine murders, and would like nothing more than the chance to kill again. Lecter, a vicious gamesman, will offer clues to the murderer's pattern only in exchange for information about Clarice, analyzing her with horrible accuracy from the barest details. When Bill strikes again, the agent begins to realize that Lecter may know much more, and races against time and two twisted minds. Harris understands the crafting of literary terror as very few writers do; readers who put themselves in his good, coldblooded hands will lose sleep, and demand a sequel. 200,000 first printing; $200,000 ad/promo; BOMC main selection.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Right on :) June 5 2014
By Brooke
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Mere perfect condition and no complaints. I'm very excited to now have the complete series and read this novel after fully enjoying the movie (and can't wait to love the book more)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! March 4 2014
By Mad Dog
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I loved the movie, but the book is so much better -- Harris is a master craftsman who delivers great plots and characters with a style so understated that the books seem to be writing themselves.

Like "Red Dragon" I could not put this down.

One of the great thrillers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The only Thomas Harris book I enjoyed reading July 19 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For some reason, I find all of Harris' other books too awkwardly written to enjoy, and yet this book is an eternal favourite. I've read it three times in my life. The best part is knowing what's going on in Buffalo Bill's head as he does what he does.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't keep quiet about it Sept. 21 2006
By ManCow
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm normally one for something a tad more 'fun'-----you know the ones I'm talking about---Sedaris with his 'Me Talk Pretty' or McCrae and his 'Katzenjammer' :both first-rate by the way----but I opted for this as I had seen the movie and wanted to 'read' the story. Glad I did. While the movie was fantastic, the book was, believe it or not, even better. Really blew me away. I'd recommend this even is you have seen the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time running out June 26 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There are only a handful of books that I've read from cover to cover in just one sitting. Thomas Harris' SILENCE OF THE LAMBS was one of them. And for good reasons: his story was completely absorbing and he wrote it well.
You all know the story, especially because of the hit movie. But if you haven't read the book, I urge you to do so. While the film successfully conveyed the psychodrama between Starling and Hannibal, what I thought was missing was the sense of urgency, the suspense that a life was hanging in the balance. The book is a rush because its suspense is so compelling from cover to cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Terrifying!! May 18 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book prior to watching the movie version and it prepared me for a gruesome ride.
While the writing is basic at best, the horror and mystery is spellbinding. Hannibal Lecter will send chills up your spine for days and many nights! But amazingly he grows on you as a sickeningly likable character. Clarice Starling, the tough yet fragile FBI agent, pursues a murderer and with the help of Hannibal Lecter faces her true fears. Somehow they develop a relationship that makes sense....But how does madness make sense? That must be Thomas Harris's secret!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Thriller May 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this before the film
And I can tell you - this book is simply phenomenal
Twisting, turning and unpredictablity is what this is about
Yet there are only 4 main locations in the book everything links together, but just as you think you can work out what's going to happen - You realise you don't
The pivotal moments of the book start very slowly, and for the first 2 pages you don't realise you are reading a pivotal moment that will change the entire books perspective from now on. It slowly evolves into a huge event, accelerating away and then before you know it the chapter's finished and you are drawn away to a different location in the next chapter
You have to keep reading -Cos you want to know what will happen
It's simply addictive and extremely well written
Oh- And It's got Hannibal Lector in it
T. Harris is a genius to think up a character like him
Enough Said
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silence of the Lambs Book Report Book Review May 9 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In "Silence of the Lambs", Thomas Harris continues the series of HANNIBAL LECTER, a supersmart villain with a serial killer that kills and skins women that are about his size. This time, the head of the department of Behavioral Science of the FBI Jack Crawford, sends in Clarisse Starling to talk to Hannibal at the Chesapeake State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Everyone at the FBI thinks that Hannibal knows who has been kiiling the women and they send in the beautiful first rate forensicQuantico student to talk to Hannibal. In the midst of our reading ,the killer has ensnared the daughter of a Senator. From there Clarrisse investigates the previous victims of 'Buffalo Bill. Hannibal is transferred to a Tennesssee prison and bribed with more freedom if he tells them who has captured Catherine. Hannibal fools them and ends up escaping from the prison. Catherine is saved and all is well. For now. Read the second book in this trilogy, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. I really liked it and think that it is a very captivating read. Mr. Harris really keeps you on your toes with this one, as he always does. So, yeah, get this book! It's a great suspense novel and it will keep you thinking.
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