Sunday, 11 August 2013

Book Review: Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Title: The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter # 2)
Author: Thomas Harris
Publisher: Arrow
Publication Date: 1990 (1988)
Pages: 350
Format: Paperback 
Source: Already Owned (Reread)

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A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname-Buffalo Bill-is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter-Hannibal the Cannibal-who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. (Goodreads Synopsis)

So, halfway through my Hannibal Lecter rereads now. Silence of the Lambs is a great piece. Less poetic than Red Dragon but still a ripping good story that moves at a good pace. Hannibal gets a lot more scenes in this book. Funny that I used to picture Anthony Hopkins when I read it, but now I see Mads Mikkelsen. I hope the new TV series runs to the full 7 series they hope for - then we could see him speak these lines.

These books could be read as standalone, but they are much better as a series so the reader knows the back-story that is referred to from time to time.

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