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I’d read this years before the book of The Silence of the Lambs came out and led to the excellent film adaptation that skyrocketed Hannibal to the top of pop culture villains. Hell, I’m so Hannibal-hip that I’d caught Brian Cox playing him in Michael Mann’s adapta...more
Will Graham has the rotten luck at being really good at his job. He is a profiler for the FBI and while he was on the job catching Dr. Hannibal Lecter, Lecter caught him with a big sharp knife. Will decides that was enough for him, so he makes the wise decision to retire.
Thomas Harris isn't the finest writer in the world, and I think even he'd acknowledge that, but he is full of great ideas, and Red Dragon is absolutely one of his best.
I think the mark of how great his ideas are is that they almost always make a compelling transfer to the screen, and Red Dragon has made that transition twice: once as Michael Mann's Manhunter and once as the more faithful Re...more
This is my first time reading one of Thomas Harris' novels, i have watched all three movies inspired by his novels and thought i should give the novels a shot. I loved this book, great pace and characters.One thing i really liked about the book that the movie did not include was that it delves more into Francis Dolarhyde's background, his childhood and why he is what he is or more to the point, how he came to be.
The childhood that this man had was a cruel and vi...more
Anyway, huzzah for the dollar-rack paperback. I went to the thrift store Tuesday, came out with this and a few others, and finished it Wednesday afternoon. I read the version with a newer intro, but it doesn't have my version on Goodreads.
Why Goodreads, why have you forsaken me? :/
This book is fascinating. You actually start to feel bad for the villain, hoping that he c...more
RED DRAGON was the first (published) installment in the series of four books surrounding Hannibal Lecter. We don't see much of the good doctor in this book, though he's obviously never far from the thoughts of Will Graham and, therefore, the reader. Like the second installment of the series, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, Lecter is merely a secondary character, a serial killer on the loose leads us to him. It takes a killer to know one, and esp...more
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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.
Lying on a cot in his cell with Alexandre Dumas's Le Grand Di
This story began when Jack Crawford an Fbi Agent goes to Grahams home in Sugar Loaf Key. H...more
Everyone knows Thomas Harris, but they know him more for his other creation, Dr Hannibal Lecter, than for this tortured and broken soul, Red Dragon.
Red Dragon is, in my opinion, just full of surprises and moments that you should not have been scared...more
Red Dragon has to be one of the best crime books I've read so far. It's beautifully written and it really opens a gateway inside the characters's heads. Which is a little frightening, since one of them is a serial killer, but I loved the fact that I could see the human side of the monster, instead of the usual story of good vs. bad. I felt for Do...more
I only read this book to preserve the order of the novels featuring Hannibal Lecter.
With no expectations, I viewed this book as nothing more than a little speed bump I had to overcome in order to get to the real book I wanted to read, The Silence of the Lambs.
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The book itself isn't remarkably written. The style is very simple and straight forward for the type of novel that it is but this just serves to make it very accessible.
--it’s one in the eye for death." (Thomas Harris; Red Dragon)
The character of Will Graham reminded me of myself as I read this novel. "He didn't want a face aimed at him all the time." He described the morgue as a peaceful place, and it is. I've been there. It's place where the dead don't complain. Where the world might smell bad, but the science makes sense.
I don't know why people continue to call the smell of blood "coppery." It's not. It smells lik...more
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The oddest thing happened when I read this book. I don't know when or how it happened, but I started out cheering for the Good Guys - Will Graham and Jack Crawford, the FBI agents i...more
Harris has bound us to Will Grahm as well as Mr. D in the Red Dragon. We feel for Grahm in that his obsession to...more
Writing an inside story about the delusions that help shape an evil psyche, Harris set himself inside the murderer mind. Pure psychological stuff, I dont see neither a thriller nor a true crime, kind of plot .The action progresses slowly, far from the pulse of a rollercoaster ride, It would have been more dynamic and entertaining if the author had included rich action packed suspense, with some turns and provived better forensic elements with scientific explanations to...more
So, I decided to round out my light summer reading list with “Red Dragon”, figuring the book that first brought the character Hannibal Lecter, or Hannibal the...more
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Because he got hurt?'
No, not entirely. Fear comes with imagination, it's a penalty, it's the price of imagination.”