Luckily for us, seven years is all the R and R creator Thomas Harris allowed his brilliant, mad, and strangely charming Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Yes, the better part of a decade elapsed after then-FBI trainee Clarice Starling exposed her haunting childhood memory to the fascinated Lecter. Though Lecter assured Starling, at the end of The Silence of the Lambs, that he believed the world a better place with her in it, all that may change in Hannibal, as the doctor reawakens Starling's nightmare.
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Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the serial killer from The Silence of the Lambs whose portrayal on film earned Anthony Hopkins an Academy Award, and who for many, is the ultimate villain in modern fiction, is back with a vengeance. Hannibal the Cannibal is at the center of the first novel in more than a decade by his creator, Thomas Harris.
Hannibal also features the reappearance from The Silence of the Lambs of FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling, portrayed in the movie by Jodie Foster, who also won an Oscar for her performance. The new novel opens seven years after Dr. Lecter's stunning escape from the authorities, the climax of the earlier book, as one of his earlier victims uses Agent Starling as bait to draw the doctor into an intricate and unspeakable design for revenge.
Seven years after Dr. Hannibal Lecter's escape from the authorities, the climax of Silence of the Lambs , one of his earlier victims uses Agent Starling as bait to draw the doctor into an intricate and unspeakable design for revenge.
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Unlike the previous books in Thomas Harris' Hannibal Lecter series, HANNIBAL serves up a personal history of the genius/psychopath/antihero that sheds light on his madness. Set seven years after THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, this next course features a more appetizing Hannibal living a quiet life of luxury in Florence, a down-on-her-luck Clarise Starling demoted to the Behavioral Sciences department of the Bureau after a failed drug bust, and a horrifically disfigured Hannibal the Cannibal survivor bent on vengeance. An Entertainment Weekly Worst Book of 1999 and a 1999 New York Times Notable Book, HANNIBAL appeared on the Publishers Weekly best-seller list for 21 weeks and was adapted into a 2001 film starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal and Julianne Moore as Clarice.
Length: 486 pages
Height: 9.8 in.
Width: 6.5 in.
Thickness: 1.8 in.
Weight: 29.6 oz.
Thomas Harris takes us once again into the mind of a killer, crafting a chilling portrait of insidiously evolving evil - a tour de force of psychological suspense. Seven years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, seven years since FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane. The doctor is still at large, pursuing his own ineffable interests, savoring the scents, the essences of an unguarded world. But Starling has never forgotten her encounters with Dr. Lecter, and the metallic rasp of his seldom-used voice still sounds in her dreams. Mason Verger remembers Dr. Lecter, too, and is obsessed with revenge. He was Dr. Lecter's sixth victim, and he has survived to rule his own butcher's empire. From his respirator, Verger monitors every twitch in his worldwide web. Soon he sees that to draw the doctor, he must have the most exquisite and innocent-appearing batt; he must have what Dr. Lecter likes best.
"With the cunning, cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter, Mr. Harris created a pop-culture icon for our times, akin to an earlier era's Dracula or Sherlock Holmes. In HANNIBAL, he manages to imbue his well-known figure with freshness by playing to--and commenting on--our eagerness to dwell yet again on the most repellent aspects of human experience."
Wall Street Journal - Bob Hughes (06/11/1999)
"This narrative roils fitfully along a herky-jerky vector but remains always mesmerizing, as Harris's prose and insights, particularly his reveries about Hannibal, boast power and an overripe beauty. If at times the suspense slackens and the story slips into silliness, it becomes clear that this is a post-suspense novel, as much sardonic philosophical jest as grand-guinol thriller....[a] brilliant, bizarre, absurd novel."
"Harris' gaudiest, most lavishly over-the-top book yet. It's a purplish sick-puppy nightmare--Hitchcock by way of the Marquis de Sade....Surgical in its suspense, Wagnerian in its depravity, it's a baroque slaughterhouse spectacle of a novel--vast, pungent, pulpy, terrifying. It offers a mad carnival of demons."
"The readers who have been waiting for HANNIBAL only want to know if it is as good as RED DRAGON and THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. It is a pleasure to reply in the negative. No, not as good. This one is better. It is, in fact, one of the two most frightening popular novels of our time, the other being THE EXORCIST, by William Peter Blatty....This is authentic witch's brew, eye of newt and haunch of redneck, not chicken soup. HANNIBAL is a full-out, unabashed horror novel."
"An awesomely efficient thriller which is also a romance of sorts: elegant, exciting and chillingly imagined. Harris writes a lovely, loping prose which accommodates plot and research along with a lingering sardonic jokiness....An unqualified winner. Harris lives up to the hype."