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The Silence of the Lambs Paperback – September 15, 1998
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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.
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Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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FBI Special Will Graham has retired to Sugar Loaf Key, FL with his new wife Molly and her son Willie. Retired because of his nearly fatal encounter with a linoleum knife wielding Hannibal Lecter, whose capture he was responsible for, and because of the emotional troubles that have accompanied his ability to develop an almost extrasensory empathy for such killers, such that he has trouble purging their feelings from his own psyche. His peaceful idyll is disrupted when his old boss, Jack Crawford, shows up and asks for his help in catching The Tooth Fairy, a serial killer who is notorious for the tooth marks he leaves and for dicing his victims with shards of broken mirrors. Reluctantly agreeing to join the chase, Graham decides, in order to recapture the mindset that has made him so eerily effective in prior cases, to visit Hannibal Lecter in the Chesapeake State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. There the administrator, Dr. Frederick Chilton, shares an anecdote about Hannibal that demonstrates just how horrible he is:
"On the afternoon of July 8, 1976, Dr.Read more ›
Clarice Starling is in training at the FBI Academy. She is a star student in the Behavioral Sciences Division when the Department Chief, Jack Crawford, calls her into his office and gives her a job. She is to interview one Dr Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter in order to help get into the mind of a serial killer. There is an open case with a serial killer who has been nicknamed "Buffalo Bill", and Dr. Lecter may be the only chance to solve the case without there being many more murders. Starling is only a trainee, and this may be why Lecter is actually willing to speak to Starling about Buffalo Bill, though he is always holding something back.
Lecter is a villain of extreme intellect and this comes through in his dialogue. Like "Red Dragon", Dr. Lecter is not the central villain and the story does not revolve specifically around him (though he has a larger role this time around). Lecter does play a pivotal role because without him, the story cannot move forward. We never truly get into the psyche of Jame Gumb (not as much as we did with Frances Dolorhyde in "Red Dragon"), and it seems as if most of his actions happen off camera.Read more ›
One of the great things in this book, as opposed to SotL, is how we get in the head of the killer. We learn about his childhood not in a dossier or a debriefing but from his own memories. In the end, the killer is conflicted, torn between fulfilling what he believes is his destiny and doing what he knows is right, and I was actually able to empathize with him because of the suberb characterization.
I am a stickler for research. This book is well researched. Nothing sticks out as wrong, everything advances the plot, and the subplots, like the relationship between Will and his wife Molly, only enhance the read. I guarantee you will not be able to put this book down, this is not a leisurely read. I thought the movies of Red Dragon (called Manhunter) and Silence of the Lambs were excellent, and I'm looking forward to Hannibal, but the books can't be beat.
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This is a great story that shows the dark side of a serial killer. Meet Hannibal Lecter a man like no other with an intelligent. but dark and demented mind. Read morePublished 6 hours ago by P.S. Winn
Gave to a friend, he loved it, and the book arrived in clean and perfect condition.Published 1 day ago by Breezy Lady
I throughly enjoyed this book. The pace was perfect. Steady at times and racing at the next turn. I felt very connected to the protagonist and even felt sympathy for the antagonist... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lisa Caitlin Twigg
Great book - I was surprised that the movie pretty much followed the book; of course the book is much more developed. Fabulously developed characters, and masterful writing.Published 9 days ago by Gloria
Great book, perhaps the best in the series. It was fun reading this and going through and highlighting all the quotes I could remember from the TV show Hannibal. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Hannah
I very much liked the story and the development of the characters. I thought this suspense novel deeper than average yet a very easy and enjoyable journey.Published 16 days ago by Steven G. Bivens
I've read this book numerous times and needed a copy for my home library. It was in good condition, no dust cover, but that's irrelevant for my intent and purposes.Published 16 days ago by Rhonda G. Thomas
Enjoyable reading with a believable hero and a complicated villainPublished 19 days ago by Steve Miller