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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.
It was as good as the last time I read it. And I'm sure you don't need a review on a book you have already read many times. Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Debbie Wood
The best mystery I have ever read. The detail is marvelous. The delving into the mind of the killer makes you feel the writer is a shrink. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tony Brenna
A near flawless book and a true psychological thriller. This is the first of the novels in the "hannibal" series, if you want to call it that. Read morePublished 7 days ago by stevie
Happy I did not watch the movie first because it sucked so hard compared to the book. Good and not gory scary - suspenseful scary.Published 11 days ago by sammy