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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.
I can't believe I never read this thriller which was published before The Silence of the Lambs. It was a real nail biter and terrifying. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Joy
Pretty long and slow, but I loved the complexity of the characters. Definitely worth reading once.Published 14 days ago by Scott C Kiskaddon
I had read all of the other 'Hannibal' novels long ago but had somehow missed this one. Worth the read! Read morePublished 22 days ago by Jonathan P Drews
Just not enough action and kind of slow for my taste. I would read a few chapters and pick it up a few days later just to finish it.Published 24 days ago by Phleb1976
This book is dark and brooding. But oh so good, better than Silence of the Lambs.Published 1 month ago by Pete Marsh
Definitely a wonderful book, it was everything I expected. I recommend everyone to read it if they're into drama, intense actionPublished 1 month ago by Candida O.