Making Murder: The Fiction of Thomas Harris

Overview

Making Murder takes readers deep into the work of Thomas Harris and his iconic creation, Hannibal Lecter?one of modern fiction's most unforgettable characters. A former crime reporter, Harris's exhaustive research techniques have included extensive time with the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit studying actual serial killers. Like no other available volume, the book explores the dark heart within Harris's novels?the unflinching look at evil that makes them so much more than just ...

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Overview

Making Murder takes readers deep into the work of Thomas Harris and his iconic creation, Hannibal Lecter—one of modern fiction's most unforgettable characters. A former crime reporter, Harris's exhaustive research techniques have included extensive time with the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit studying actual serial killers. Like no other available volume, the book explores the dark heart within Harris's novels—the unflinching look at evil that makes them so much more than just "good reads."

Making Murder looks at all five of Harris's novels, starting with the suspenseful terrorist thriller, Black Sunday, then moving through the quartet of books in which Hannibal Lecter gradually moves from malevolent presiding spirit to unsettling, recognizably human protagonist. Author Philip Simpson looks at the critical response each book received and explores the works themselves in terms of story, characters, writing style, allusions and symbols, and themes. An introductory chapter provides insights into the author's life, publishing history, and significant cultural impact.

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What People Are Saying

Gary Hoppenstand

"Phil Simpson's work on Thomas Harris is brilliant. Harris is one of the most important writers of thrillers today, and his anti-hero Hannibal Lecter is one of the most memorable creations in modern popular fiction. Simpson presents a wonderful introduction to Thomas Harris. It is well-written and highly informative, one of the best books I've read this year, and certainly one of the best books I've ever read about thrillers."

Gary Hoppenstand, Editor, The Journal of Popular Culture

Tony Magistrale

" 'Well written and meticulously researched, Making Murder gets behind the masks so often affiliated with the reclusive Thomas Harris and his most famous literary and cinematic personage, America's postmodern bogeyman, Hannibal Lecter. Making Murder is a fine sequel to Psycho Paths, Simpson's trenchant study of serial killers, and sheds new light on our thirty-year cultural fascination with Harris's darkly brooding novels and their film adaptations."

Tony Magistrale, Professor and Chair, English Department, University of Vermont

Tony Magistrale
" 'Well written and meticulously researched, Making Murder gets behind the masks so often affiliated with the reclusive Thomas Harris and his most famous literary and cinematic personage, America's postmodern bogeyman, Hannibal Lecter. Making Murder is a fine sequel to Psycho Paths, Simpson's trenchant study of serial killers, and sheds new light on our thirty-year cultural fascination with Harris's darkly brooding novels and their film adaptations."
Gary Hoppenstand
"Phil Simpson's work on Thomas Harris is brilliant. Harris is one of the most important writers of thrillers today, and his anti-hero Hannibal Lecter is one of the most memorable creations in modern popular fiction. Simpson presents a wonderful introduction to Thomas Harris. It is well-written and highly informative, one of the best books I've read this year, and certainly one of the best books I've ever read about thrillers."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313356247
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2009
  • Pages: 358
  • Sales rank: 1,152,040
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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