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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.
Excellent read. Goes more in depth with the characters than the movie. Horrifying and enjoyable. Recommended.Published 4 days ago by PA Smith
Having seen Manhunter about 6 times I finally decided to read this. I was not disappointed.So many little details that couldn't make it into a movie. Awesome read...Published 6 days ago by Chris N.
After reading this book, I had to read all four books in the Hannibal Lector series again. The books are so interesting they are very difficult to put down. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Kirby Ducote
I honestly didn't expect Dolarahyde's character to be so well developed. As a psychologist, and seeing his character suffer from paranoid schizophrenia, I almost feel sorry for... Read morePublished 16 days ago by David D. Cardillo
The writing can be a little "choppy"...makes assumptions about technical jargon.Published 24 days ago by RS
Absolutely fantastic! What a read! And received in very good condition!Published 25 days ago by Elizabeth Cushman
I read this after starting to watch the Hannibal series. I liked seeing what the author thought and how it was translated to TV. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Rebecca Calderhead