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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of all Harris books, May 7, 2000
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This review is from: The Silence of the Lambs (Mass Market Paperback)
I doubt that anyone would argue the fact that this is the best of Harris's books, though RED DRAGON and BLACK SUNDAY are excellent, too. Any would-be author should read any of these as textbook examples displaying how "brevity of description" --as opposed to long drawn-out descriptions of a person or place in a scene--can be so powerful. For instance, Clarice Starling is simply described in her own thougths as someone who "knew she could look allright without primping" and that left you with the image of a great-looking female protagonist. Harris, and lesser known but equally as talented fellow Mississippi author Charles Wilson are two of the best I've ever read at being able to pull this "brevity" off. In fact, the above mentioned books of Harris, along with Wilson's GAME PLAN, DONOR, and NIGHTWATCHER, are among the most visual books I've ever read, without boring you with "too-much" description to get that effect. By the way, for those who loved SILENCE in particular, and haven't read Wilson, they should try NIGHTWATCHER for a read very similar to SILENCE in its story line and fear factor, with possibly better laid-out character development in NIGHTWATCHER--but hey, all of them top notch reads.
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Initial post: Oct 12, 2013 2:44:59 PM PDT
Are you Charles Wilson?

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 6:25:25 PM PST
Would just like to comment that Nightwatcher by Charles Wilson is in no way comparable in terms of quality to The Silence of the Lambs. In fact to even make that comparison is ludicrous, and makes me question this reviewer's sanity. There is a reason why Nightwatcher is out of print: it is pure, unadulterated trash. If I seem angry it's because I bought Charles Wilson's book based on this review. A cheap mistake, but one that I'll never make again.
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