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Clarice Starling, a precociously self-disciplined FBI trainee, is dispatched by her boss, Section Chief Jack Crawford, the FBI's most successful tracker of serial killers, to see whether she can learn anything useful from Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Lecter's a gifted psychopath whose nickname is "The Cannibal" because he likes to eat parts of his victims. Isolated by his crimes from all physical contact with the human race, he plays an enigmatic game of "Clue" with Starling, providing her with snippets of data that, if she is smart enough, will lead her to the criminal. Undaunted, she goes where the data takes her. As the tension mounts and the bureaucracy thwarts Starling at every turn, Crawford tells her, "Keep the information and freeze the feelings." Insulted, betrayed, and humiliated, Starling struggles to focus. If she can understand Lecter's final, ambiguous scrawl, she can find the killer. But can she figure it out in time? --Barbara Schlieper --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
The book is good, but in this case the film is better. I am glad that I saw the film before reading the book. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Kerry
Brilliant. Must read before watching the film. The imagery, the clarity, the sheer glorious use of diction makes this one of the best books in the genre.Published 7 days ago by Ayesha Rasul
Note: Amazon's new point-and-click review system is silly and worthless. It's internet Taylorism at it's worst. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Imperial Book Man
I first saw the movie - now I've read the book. The book is far more gripping than the movie. The writing is masterful and paints word pictures
Having seen the movie as a young man I have loved the story for many years. I bought this book about 2 years ago and just never got around to it. Read morePublished 25 days ago by KRW
Once again another classic that's better than the film because of more details. If you loved the movie you will love this book.Published 1 month ago by Charles Robinson