Paperback edition released 07/05/2009

by Thomas Harris

Part of the Hannibal Lecter Series

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Thriller and Suspense Crime and Mystery Literary Fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of Hannibal

You wouldn’t think Lecter could do anything that would shock us after The Silence of the Lambs

This is not the best Harris novel featuring his delightful Hannibal Lecter, the notorious killer who has a taste for ... well, you know. You wouldn’t think Lecter could do anything that would shock us after peeling off the face of one of his victims in The Silence of the Lambs to use as a disguise and make his escape. There’s not much he’s not capable of, and I guess that’s why we love him so much. But near the end of Hannibal, our anti-hero prepares a meal the way you might whose preparation involves a procedure not unlike opening up a melon except it’s not a melon. It’s not really a plot twist. It’s simply a scene so nonchalantly horrific, so ghoulishly imaginative, that when I came upon it, it took my breath away. Oh, and my jaw dropped, too.

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Hannibal Synopsis


And seven years after he helped FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling bring down Buffalo Bill, her career is collapsing after a disastrous drug bust.

Meanwhile, seven years after violently escaping from custody, Hannibal Lecter is hunted by Mason Verger, a psychopathic former client obsessed with feeding him to wild boars.

With the one-time partners at a low ebb, Hannibal is the one to reach out to Clarice, who has been plagued by dreams of his rasping voice.

It has been seven years since they both came to realise they shared more than they expected.

Seven years since their last meeting.

Seven years to lay plans for the next one... 

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780099532941
Publication date: 7th May 2009
Author: Thomas Harris
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 576 pages
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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An absolute holiday must. Quite simply this is the best-written thriller to dominate the market in years

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Publication date: 10/12/2009
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About Thomas Harris

A native of Mississippi, Thomas Harris began his writing career covering crime in the United States and Mexico, and was a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in new York City. His first novel, Black Sunday, was published in 1975, followed by Red Dragon in 1981, The Silence of the Lambs in 1988 and Hannibal in 1999.

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