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Cari Mora

2.82  ·  Rating details ·  8,732 ratings  ·  1,600 reviews
From the creator of Hannibal Lecter and The Silence of the Lambs comes a story of evil, greed, and the consequences of dark obsession.

Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion on the Miami Beach waterfront. Ruthless men have tracked it for years. Leading the pack is Hans-Peter Schneider. Driven by unspeakable appetites, he makes a living fles
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Grand Central Publishing (first published May 16th 2019)
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Danita L Andy - take my word, you don't want to pay money for this book. Check it out from a library if you have to read it.…moreAndy - take my word, you don't want to pay money for this book. Check it out from a library if you have to read it.(less)

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Ron Charles
May 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: spooky-creatures
Gourmand serial killer Hannibal Lecter may be off the menu, but now his creator, Thomas Harris, has added a new dish of terror. “Cari Mora” is Harris’s first novel since “Hannibal Rising” appeared 13 years ago. Fans of his earlier best-selling books — and the movies and TV shows wrung from them — will taste familiar ingredients in “Cari Mora,” along with a touch of Stieg Larsson’s “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” and even a dash of Carl Hiaasen’s Florida zaniness. But the whole thing would definite ...more
Aug 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
1 star . . . maybe 1.5 because the climax was okay . . .

I read through many other reviews of this book before starting my review. I have taken a lot of guff on at least one of my 1-star reviews in the past, so since I was feeling another 1-star review, I knew I should probably tread carefully. In this case, it seems like the majority agree with me.

In at least one of the positive reviews I read it was mentioned that maybe memories of Silence of the Lambs was causing too much of a comparison and,
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Two it cannot be true I waited for 13 years and got this boring, predictable book with worst plot reminds you of low budgeted action movies stars!

As soon as I hear, one of the greatest thriller writers is back with a new book, I started to dance and raise my punch in the air while I was screaming “Yess!”. Well, when I start flipping the pages, my punch was still raised in the air but this time , it was punching an invisible man ( actually I was imagining the writer on my head, because I was so p
Sam Quixote
May 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’d give this zero stars if I could - what an unbearably tedious load of twaddle Thomas Harris’ new novel, Cari Mora, was!

Cari Mora is the caretaker of a house on the Miami waterfront that used to belong to Pablo Escobar. Unbeknownst to her, there’s millions of dollars of gold buried somewhere on the property and bad guys, including psychopathic Hans-Peter Schneider, are after it - which means she’s in the way and has to go. But, of course, Cari is no pushover - let battle commence!

I don’t kno
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I went into Thomas Harris's latest novel, Cari Mora, with no expectations, and found that I really enjoyed reading it. Set in Miami, Florida, a multi-million mansion home on Biscayne Bay used to belong to criminal drug lord, Pablo Escobar, and according to the now dying Jesus Villareal, buried in the basement is 25 million dollars of cartel gold, sought by the monstrously evil and depraved Hans-Peter Schneider, a human trafficking, organ harvesting psychopath, with a business fulfilling the desi ...more
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I can't stave off my suspicion that this was written by some randomized neuro network choosing words at random just to follow it up with combining them into random phrases. I'm not sure how a human is supposed to read it. Or have written it.

A supremely boring novel about something or other... I won't be bothered finding out, of what exactly. A bunch of dudes keep stumbling about and raving about stuff and having the dullest ever adventures of the kind that induce sleep in 3...2...1...zzZZZ!

Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
This Harris' book was a bit of a tour de force and I didn't like it the way I liked his other books. A gold treasure buried somewhere in the former house of Pablo Escobar and some crooks trying to get it. The baddest crook is Hans-Peter Schneider, a sadistic German who once studied medicine and sells organs, Don Ernesto, Jesus, Capt. Marco. Everybody tries to get his share, some die. Then you have mysterious former FARQ fighter Cari Mora. Can she survive the story? Is she able to get the gold? T ...more
J.D. Barker
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With CARI MORA Thomas Harris does what he does best - takes us on a spine-tingling, edge-of-your-seat ride steeped in intrigue and nail-biting suspense. You will not sleep. You will not eat. This book screams to be devoured in one sitting.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again
“Pulse pounding thriller” I CANNOT BELIEVE THOSE WORDS WERE USED TO DESCRIBE THIS BOOK!!! Yes, I’m yelling a’la Annie Wilkes!!! No, just no. I was soooo looking forward to this book, how is it the same author from Silence of Lambs wrote this caca-doodie!?!! Needless to say I am gravelly disappointed. (I think this is the first 1 star book of this year.)
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok

What....uh....what was that?

Cari Mora, the most recent brain child of famed writer Thomas Harris, does 2 things brilliantly: it confuses the reader, and it bores the reader.

There are so many flimsy character connections and even flimsier motives behind the characters' actions that I didn't know what the hell the novel was trying to be. Crime novel? Thriller? Psycho-thriller? Horror? Historical fiction? Nature pamphlet? Miami vacation tour brochure? We are introduced to so many ch
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cari is the caretaker of a property in Biscayne Bay, Miami whose previous owner was Pablo Escobar. It’s been empty a while though is leased to film companies but it could be yours if you’ve got a cool $27 million in your back pocket. What makes the house even more valuable is that it’s reputed to contain a hidden stash of gold left there by one of Escobar's minions. There’s a race to acquire it by the Ten Bells organisation of Don Ernesto Ibarra (Don Teflon) and a rival group led by psychotic Pa ...more
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I can't believe I waited thirteen years for the author who inspired my love of writing and reading and serial killers to reenter my life only put me to fucking sleep.

I'm so sorry Mr. Harris, but girl what is you doing?

After such an extended hiatus, one would think the brilliant creator of Hannibal Lecter - arguably the greatest villain of all time - had come out from hibernation because he had a story that just needed to be written and shared.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, american, fiction
Ugh. I bought a copy with Harris’ signature in it from B&N. If not for the neat autograph, I’d ask for my money back. The best thing about this book was the cover. Someone needed to pay-off a mortgage, a mistress, or send their kid to Harvard. I feel like I did when I was a kid and saw Tom Clancey jump the shark. It is so bad, it makes me question all his other books a bit.
May 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Probably the worst read of 2019.
Shariful Sadaf
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
For a brilliant writer thirteen years of silence should have produced a better book.
This wasn’t the disaster that other reviews had promised. I think with Thomas Harris there were expectations that a lot of previously successful authors feel when they decide to write something completely new, many years later. Cari Mora wasn’t hard to get through, but it was hard to get into.
Peter Monn
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not necessarily what I expected but still enjoyable. More like Thomas Harris meets Hemingway. My full review will be up on my booktube channel at ...more
Erin Clemence
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was so torn on what to rate this book. On one hand—well, it’s Thomas Harris…….but on the other hand—nothing can compare to the iconic Hannibal Lecter, and it’s silly to even try. Alas….

Cari Mora is the caretaker of an old mansion, notoriously known as previously belonging to drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Living in Miami Beach, Cari is trying to stay under the radar and out of trouble. Years ago, she fled to the United States to escape her life as a child soldier, and has had wobbly immigration s
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-books
Just finished reading this in two days, and, yes, it's pretty good, indeed. A total page turner. Harris has the ability to share just enough info with the reader to keep them thinking and guessing, all the while weaving plot lines together till they ultimately cross and come together in a moment near epiphany (but closer to an "a ha")!

IDK how or where Harris does his research (Experience vs the Dark/Deep Web?!?) but he not only gets into the minds of organized global serial killers but also kno
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I Loved Cari Mora. She is a beautiful, courageous, smart and true bad-ass main character as well as the title of Thomas Harris's new novel- his first in 13 years. Cari is a born survivor. She is living in Miami, working multiple jobs, and surviving. She is the house care taker for a Miami beach mansion, which buried beneath lies millions of dollars in cartel gold. Pure evil, cold blooded, Hans-Peter Schneider is the leader of a group of ruthless men that have been tracking the gold. However, Car ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A bit shorter than the other stories, so I am eagerly hoping for another with Cari Mora, I loveeeeed it!
I simply do not understand the polarizing reviews for this book. I really liked it, even though I have enjoyed some of Harris’s other work better. I’m better at lists than full-fledged reviews so here is a list of some of the things that I love about this book (as well as my few qualms):

1. This book is, on the surface, a crime/thriller novel, yet the true heart of this book is the city of Miami, richly detailed and described by Harris throughout. Much like the object of conflict, I could almost
Jun 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The good news is that this is a quick read. The bad news is everything else. I just can't believe this was written by the same Thomas Harris who wrote Silence of the Lambs and Red Dragon. It seemed, to me, to be more of an outline or rough draft for a novel. I wondered if he had felt pressure to publish something quickly and had a really crappy editor who let an incomplete book make it to the shelves believing that his reputation was enough to make it a hot summer read. The characters were compl ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Harris.... what happened? This book was boring all the way through, populated with uninteresting characters doing uninteresting things... I don’t really understand what happened and how 13 years of not writing produced this book but I would rather it hadn’t been published...
Tracy Robinson
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Full review here:

Here’s a snippet of it:

“The wind off the bay was full of ghosts tonight — young men and women and children who had lived or died in her arms….other nights the wind batted lightly at her like the memory of a kiss, of eyelashes brushing her face, sweet breath on her neck” (12).

Thirteen years. It is impossible to NOT be overly excited when one of my favorite authors of all time announces a new book after a little over a decade. I pre-ordere
Brad Bell
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you pick up this book looking for another “Silence of the Lambs” or terrorist thriller “Black Sunday” you will be disappointed. If you go into this book just wanted a good crime caper story, with some great, memorable characters this book will tick all your boxes. Harris as a gift for creating amazing characters, obviously because he created Hannibal Lecter. This book is no exception with fascinating, complex characters like Hans-Peter and Cari Mora.

The story is about Hans-Peter, a man in the
Andre Gonzalez
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It had a fast moving plot and was entertaining from beginning to end. That said, I understand why many people didn't like it. For a Thomas Harris novel, this book was an easy, simple read. Outside of our main character, Cari Mora, the character development was lackluster. While Harris doesn't release many books, he's certainly set a high level of expectations, and this one was no where close to the quality of his earlier work. If we had to rank his novels in order of quality ...more
Noel Penaflor
"From Thomas Harris, the writer of The Silence of The Lambs", the promotional materials blare at you. You'd never know it based on this tepid thriller. I hadn't liked Harris' previous novel Hannibal Rising. Thought it was a basic prequel with no real reason to exist. Was looking forward to Cari Mora thinking Rising was just a glitch and Harris would return to form. I was wrong.

While Cari is a terrific character, she isn't given much to do while the plot starts and sputters all around her. You ke
SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted*
I wish I could put into words what a disappointment this book was. I loved "Red Dragon" and "Silence of the Lambs" ,so I was looking forward to this book.
It was flat with little or no character development. The "villain" was rather lame,the writing and storytelling disjointed,it lacked smooth transitions.
Overall,I wish I had borrowed instead of purchased.

Gary Branson
May 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don’t get it. Weak plot and character development. Confusing scene switching. Introduce new characters just to kill them off, in the most gruesome ways. Dumb dumb dumb. I can’t help but wonder what a publisher would do if an unknown would have turned in this terrible mess of a book?
Steven Sweeting
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
As a precursor, I'd like to say the complaints of "I can't believe this is what Harris spent 13 years on" are incredibly stupid. Harris did not spend 13 years writing this. It's well documented that he actually loathes the writing process as a whole. Considering the last novel he even wanted to write was published in 1999 (he was famously strong-armed into writing Hannibal Rising with the threats that if he didn't create the plot for a prequel, someone else would), I think that's safely understo ...more
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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 printed in 1975, followed by Red Dragon in 1981, The Silence of the Lambs in 1988, Hannibal in 1999, and Hannibal Risin

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