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The Silence of the Lambs (1988)

by Thomas Harris

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Series: Hannibal Lecter Series (2)

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A serial murderer known by a grotesquely apt nickname--Buffalo Bill-is stalking particular women. A young F.B.I. trainee is assigned to interview a mental patient--a brilliant psychiatrist and killer, for insights into the crime.
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    The Alienist by Caleb Carr (karenlibrarian00)
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    Sweetheart by Chelsea Cain (VictoriaPL)
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    The Red Scream by Mary Willis Walker (myshelves)
    myshelves: I found this Edgar-winning novel about a serial killer more chilling than Harris's novels.
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    Every Dead Thing by John Connolly (rayfink)
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    The Letter of the Law by Tim Green (dara85)
    dara85: The creepy nature of the killer and the sexual tension between he and Casey.
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    Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John Douglas (longway)
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    The Mermaids Singing by Val McDermid (Litrvixen)
    Litrvixen: A down-to-earth policewoman has to team up with a psychologist who can put himself in the mindset of the serial killers to a disturbing degree. Together they have to hunt a twisted serial killer.
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    The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy (WildMaggie)

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It's hard to rate something that is so embedded in our culture, that I've read before and also seen the movie multiple times, so I won't give it a star rating.

A few thoughts, though:

Harris is a great storyteller. There is no denying that.

He also makes really cool, intriguing characters. Hannibal Lecter tugs at the imagination like almost no other.


Harris's use of tenses is confusing as f***. One paragraph, we're in the past tense. Now we're in the present tense! Now it's the past tense again. Agh! I'm not sure what he was going for, but to me it feels (and always felt) sloppy.

Looking forward to watching the movie again.
  veewren | Jul 12, 2023 |
A good book, but I guess I expected too much from such a classic. ( )
  MYvos | Jun 27, 2023 |
One of my favorite books that was just as good on the screen. One of my favorites of all time ( )
  GeauxGetLit | May 27, 2023 |
  archivomorero | May 21, 2023 |
What else is there to say about Harris's work that hasn't been said. Silence of the Lambs is a masterpiece and Lecter is his piece de resistance. I think I liked Silence better than Red Dragon because you get more Lecter, and Starling is a better character than Graham, who has his potential, but it pulled down by his relationship with Molly. I actually like the Graham from the tv show Hannibal much better than the Graham from Red Dragon. ( )
  MrMet | Apr 28, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Harris, Thomasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dill, MarionTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jochmann, HansiNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lebailly, MoniqueTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leeb, SeepTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morris, FrankCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rambelli, RobertaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schurink-Vooren, EllyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Teschner, UveNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not?
—1 Corinthians
Need I look upon a death's head in a ring, that have one in my face?
— John Donne, "Devotions"
To the memory of my father.
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Behavioral Science, the FBI section that deals with serial murder, is on the bottom floor of the Academy building at Quantico, half-buried in the earth.
A census taker tried to quantify me once. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a big Amarone.
I expect most psychiatrists have a patient or two they'd like to refer to me.
Nothing happened to me, Officer Starling. I happened.
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WorldCat has ISBN 9024542871 for both Lelijk eendje [The Ugly Duckling] by Iris Johansen AND De schreeuw van het lam [The Silence of the Lambs] by Thomas Harris.
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A serial murderer known by a grotesquely apt nickname--Buffalo Bill-is stalking particular women. A young F.B.I. trainee is assigned to interview a mental patient--a brilliant psychiatrist and killer, for insights into the crime.

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A young FBI trainee. An evil genius locked away for unspeakable crimes. A plunge into the darkest chambers of a psychopath's mind-- in the deadly search for a serial killer...
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