Hannibal Lecter. The ultimate villain of modern fiction. Read the five-million-copy bestseller that scared the world silent… 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… Thomas Harris is the author of Hannibal , Red Dragon , and Black Sunday . As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknamed “Buffalo Bill,” FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him.
|I’ve forgotten just how fast this book starts out, and it never lets up. Information comes at the reader fast and furious, and leaves out just enough information to leave the pieces untied. Sure, the reader knows what the picture looks like before the cast of good guys (certain characters not-withstanding of course). For those of you who haven’t been introduced into the cold, calculating mind of the pure sociopath Dr. Lecter, this is a fantastic introduction into a character (that is, if you decided to skip over Red Dragon, which this book references a few times, but it not a necessity to get involved in this story). I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good suspenseful read, with a lot of detective work involved as well. But, be careful. One never knows when Lecter might get into your head.|
I want to make note of something that I found interesting. Now, I haven’t seen it happen often (possibly because I don’t actually realize it), but the last line of this book contains the title. In fact, the title is the last five words of the story. It’s rather interesting, and I may have to be on the lookout for more of those interesting title tie-ins somehow.
Anywho, as I said in my Goodreads review, there is a lot of information that gets thrown right in our face. In fact, we get our first meeting between Starling and Lecter only 15 pages in, and boy do we get a lot of information. At times, it’s enough to make a man’s head spin. But, at other times, we are only given just enough information that may be overlooked at the time, but helps to add to the big final reveal.
Then, there’s Lecter. He’s absolutely terrifying here. Here’s a man who kills without remorse, nor does it excite him any. He just…kills. And to top it all off, he uses his vast intellect to outwit everyone. There’s a reason why Hannibal is an iconic character not just in the world of ink and paper, but the big screen as well (thanks to Sir Anthony Hopkins for his amazing portrayal). And we can’t forget about his opposite here, Clarice Starling. Starling is a strong character, who gets pulled into this case based on her skill set, and stays in it until the bitter end. She stands up for what she believes in, and she doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to people that cross her (I don’t want to be that cameraman that she dropped the garage door on).
I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys thrillers with some elements of horror and mystery. But just remember, not everyone wants to invite you for dinner. Some might want you FOR dinner…or wear you to dinner.