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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
Slight Spoiler Alert......Very good book, just read some of the five star reviews. The only reason I gave it four stars is because the ending was pretty stupid. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Jay Stafford
This book has a lot of suspense and is really creepy at times. I found myself making sure all the doors were locked and bolted whenever I was alone. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love this! It's creepy and twisted and at a few times it made me want to toss the book across the room from it disturbing. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Marie Sharp
I read this book because of my love of the TV show Hannibal and the movie The Silence of the Lambs. There were parts of Red Dragon that I found exciting but most of the novel is... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Lynn Ellingwood
Thomas Harris does a hauntingly good job of creating a creepy atmosphere and somehow makes you empathize with a psychopath at one point. Great writer!Published 25 days ago by Charles J Gordon
Excellent read. Goes more in depth with the characters than the movie. Horrifying and enjoyable. Recommended.Published 1 month ago by PA Smith