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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
Great book if you're a fan of the movies/tv show. Although I wish I had read them before seeing the movies. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Jonathan Fendrich
Pretty good. Not as enthralling as Game of Thrones, but when the sun has set, no candle can compare to it.Published 18 days ago by Victarion Greyjoy
The first ~60% of this book were a struggle for me. It's only in the last three-quarters that things start to pick up and get really good. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jordan
This story is exciting!!! Once you start you'll not be able to put the book down until the last page is turned.Published 1 month ago by Ralph Kolbeck
Appropriately creepy from the man who brought us Lecter originally. He of course pops up in this one too and makes your skin crawl. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jeanne t. connor