All three of Thomas Harris' other books, Red Dragon, The Silence Of The Lambs, and Hannibal are masterpieces. Black Sunday was his first book and it's good, but Harris' signature style is not quite intact. It's a good book, interesting, a little slow in parts but nothing unforgivable. The detail is there, the sympathy for all characters is there, it's just, missing somthing. The polish his other books have I suppose. Thomas Harris is one of the great writers of our time, Black Sunday is well worth reading, both for entertainment, and for an interesting study on the evolution of an artist.