Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Thomas Harris provides readers with unforgettable characters in his series of thrillers featuring FBI Agent Clarice Starling and Hannible the Canibal

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Red Dragon by Thomas Harris


Features

  • Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.25 x 6.85 x 4.15
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing; Reissue 1999 edition (May 9, 2000)
  • ISBN: 0440206154


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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



    Reader Reviews
    A masterful novel, September 19, 2003 Reviewer: Eric from San Pablo, CA USA This is suspense at it's BEST. 'Red Dragon' is the first novel that introduces Hannibal Lecter to the world. The story surrounds FBI Special Agent Will Graham: he is the one who captures Hannibal Lecter. Now he turns to Lecter to search out a serial killer. The killer's name is Francis, (I cant spell his last name so work with me.) and what is interesting about this guy, he is just a regular Joe, but he has a physical defect: he can't pronunce 'j' too well. Will then discovers a mark, which in Japanese means 'Red Dragon'. So as Will slowly picks up the clues, Francis befriends a blind woman who he works with. Francis also has a key clue: he bites his victims. Francis is controlled by this dragon that he has tatooed across his back. So in a way, he has a multiple personality disorder, and he see's himself changing into the dragon. But I am not going to give the ending away, but I suggest that you read this novel in the daytime, but it is something that you are not going to put down.

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