Saturday 10 August 2013

Book Review: Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Title: Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter # 1)
Author: Thomas Harris
Publisher: Arrow
Publication Date: 1993 (1981)
Pages: 350
Format: Paperback 
Source: Already Owned (Reread)

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A second family has been massacred by the terrifying serial killer the press has christened The Tooth Fairy. Special Agent Jack Crawford turns to the one man who can help restart a failed investigation?Will Graham. Graham is the greatest profiler the FBI ever had, but the physical and mental scars of capturing Hannibal Lecter have caused Graham to go into early retirement. Now, Graham must turn to Lecter for help. (Goodreads Synopsis)

It's been around 12 years since I last read Red Dragon and I have come back to reread all the Hannibal Lecter books now due to my current obsession with the new TV series.

Red Dragon has always been my favourite of the four books as I love the poetry of the prose. This time round, I enjoyed seeing where lines have been taken from the book and used in the TV series.

The reader really gets to know Will Graham well in this book and you are journeying with him from start to finish. This is an exciting story that is well told and my only regret is that there aren't more scenes with Hannibal in it.

Whether you are already familiar with the characters or not, if you like thrillers, this book is a great read.

1 comment:

  1. LOL Hannibal Lecter creeps me out. I've never been able to read these books, although I did watch 'Silence of the Lambs' and enjoyed it. Nice review .