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Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
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Jul 29, 2012

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Will Graham, an ex FBI investigator, comes out of retirement to solve two especially grizzly murders committed by a man who calls himself the Red Dragon.

This is a well-constructed, genuinely creepy thriller. Written with the sole purpose of chilling you to the bone, it hits that perfect nightmarish tone. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any more twisted, think again. The Red Dragon is particularly monstrous, in a very special get-under-your-skin kind of way. If you like raw, spine-tingling tension, then this is the book for you. Pesonally, I got a bit tired of all the detailed descriptions of investigating and running around, but I know that this is mainly because of the over-saturation of crime shows and movies that this series of novels sparked. There are lots of showy forensic descriptions that smack of, “Look everyone, look at all the research I did!" Anyway, it’s a decent read, but sadly the story doesn’t hold many surprises in this day and age.

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