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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.
This is one of my favorite books. Thomas Harris is at the top of his craft as a writer, his prose a joy to read, his characters fascinatingly deep and three dimensional, and his... Read morePublished 10 days ago by C. Holford
Excellent read...much detail which is good but very abrupt and unexpected ending.Published 21 days ago by Francis E. Moquin
What I liked about the book is the strong female protagonist, Clarice Starling, who proves time and time again that she is brilliant and brave. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
"Clarice..." Every time I saw that name in the book, I immediately thought of Anthony Hopkins saying it in the movie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer