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Red Dragon (1981)

by Thomas Harris

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Series: Hannibal Lecter Series (1)

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Fiction. Horror. Mystery. Thriller. HTML:A quiet summer night...a neat suburban house...and another innocent, happy family is shattered ‚?? the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness.
All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer who Graham put in prison years ago. As the imprisoned Lecter tightens the reins of revenge, Graham's feverish pursuit of the Red Dragon draws him inside the warped mind of a psychopath, into an unforgettable world of demonic ritual and violence, beyond the limits of human terr
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Having seen the movie adaptation of "The Silence of the Lambs" several times, it seemed at times that I could see the action on the pages of the book rather than just reading them. I cannot help but see Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling and it is the voice of Anthony Hopkins I hear when Hannibal Lecter speaks. While this may limit how I view the characters, this does not detract at all from the book and I feel that in many ways, the novel is superior and is still gripping despite my familiarity with the story.
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.
While Lecter is a very interesting character, it is Clarice Starling that we get to see grow as a character and become more confident and insistent in her work with Lecter and to catch "Buffalo Bill" even though she is only a trainee. She was put on this case and she intends to see it through.
As creepy as the movie could be, I loved this book. It had a very fast pace and stayed interesting throughout the story and it didn't matter that I had seen the movie multiple times. I was interested in the story Thomas Harris was telling. While Harris goes into detail about crimes, it doesn't feel very gory or unnecessary. It seems that this novel was a best seller in the late 80's and it is easy to see why. "The Silence of the Lambs" is a well told thriller and any fans of James Patterson and that genre should definitely give this one a look. ( )
  b00kdarling87 | Jan 7, 2024 |
first time reading Thomas Harris and wow this book is great.

i will go out and say i watched both versions of the movie before i read this so i pretty much knew what to expect and it still delivered. the characters were very well written and seeing the point of view from the killer was really interesting. this book series is considered a classic at this point so i dont know what else i can say right now but it was very good with some nice pacing and i found it to be easy to read through. ( )
  XanaduCastle | Aug 5, 2023 |
This book was frightening. ( )
  weaver-of-dreams | Aug 1, 2023 |
I did see the movie first so my mental images were of Edward Norton, Anthony Hopkins, and Ralph Fiennes but that's OK. Those guys rule.

I'm a sucker for the "retired hot shot is called back to catch the bad guy" trope. This book is so well written and suspenseful. Perfectly dark. I'm also a sucker for a Norman Bates, Ed Gein type character and that's definitely Dolarhyde. You almost feel bad for him.

The only complaint: Needs more Lecter. Maybe less is more with Lecter, idk. Everytime he showed up on the page was like a burst of excitement. Iconic character. Great book. ( )
  AndrewBee | Jul 31, 2023 |
I'm a huge fan of the show Hannibal and I've been meaning to read Red Dragon for ages. After reading this, I'll go back to my favorite show with a new appreciation for everything. The nods to the book stand out better now, though I love the show's dedication to Will Graham's encroaching madness and fleshing out of the side characters. ( )
  abhkolo | Apr 25, 2023 |
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But I have to acknowledge my gut response to Mr. Harris's thriller. It hits us in our outrage, and titillates the part of us all that would like to get rid of evil with a gun.
 

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Thomas Harrisprimary authorall editionscalculated
Amante, MarcoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
López de Bullrich, ElisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mowry, JasonIllustrator, cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Valassaari, Risto S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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One can only see what one observes, and one observes only things which are already in the mind. - Alphonse Bertillon
. . . For Mercy has a human heart, Pity a human face, And Love, the human form divine, And Peace, the human dress. - William Blake, Songs of Innocence (The Divine Image)
Cruelty has a Human Heart, and Jealousy a Human Face, Terror the Human Form Divine, and Secrecy the Human Dress.
The Human Dress is forged Iron,
The Human Form is fiery Forge.
The Human Face a Furnace seal'd,
The Human Heart its hungry Gorge.
-William Blake, Songs of Experience
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Fiction. Horror. Mystery. Thriller. HTML:A quiet summer night...a neat suburban house...and another innocent, happy family is shattered ‚?? the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness.
All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer who Graham put in prison years ago. As the imprisoned Lecter tightens the reins of revenge, Graham's feverish pursuit of the Red Dragon draws him inside the warped mind of a psychopath, into an unforgettable world of demonic ritual and violence, beyond the limits of human terr

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