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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
Will Graham is the best character in the Lecter-verse! If you are a Hannibal television show fan, this book is Definitely For You! Read morePublished 2 days ago by J. Cronin
I came to Thomas Harris's books well after watching all of their movie and TV adaptations. After years of fascination with the characters, and particularly the TV series and its... Read morePublished 8 days ago by J. Hill
As a fan of the Hannibal Lecter character of Thomas Harris' work, I was pleased to read the thriller Red Dragon and of Lecter's first appearance. Would definitely recommend!Published 9 days ago by Bryan
I have been watching Hannibal and this book is good, it is scary and takes me into places I didn't expectPublished 11 days ago by Miriam Matthews
Loved the book!
Couldn't put it down! I live the series and I can't wait to read more from this author.
I really liked this book. I noticed that a few lines and scenes from this book were used in the Silence of the Lambs film. It was tense reading.Published 18 days ago by Quinn Hansen