Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter Series #1)

Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter Series #1)

by Thomas Harris
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Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 258 reviews.
ChesterfieldWatts More than 1 year ago
This is the true masterpiece of an author more well-known for a different book. I read "Red Dragon" before reading "Silence of the Lambs" or seeing any of the movies. I could not put it down, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. When I saw the movies, I was disappointed by the way they failed to capture the suspense Thomas Harris creates in the book. The characters are richly developed, and Harris makes it very easy to empathize with the characters. Whether you have seen the movies or not, this is a great read. The writing is masterful, and the characters are richer and more developed than in "Silence of the Lambs." A great book for those looking for a suspenseful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The thing about this novel was it was by far better than the movie. But the thing is that you should really read the book before watching the movie. When i read the book after seeing the movie i was dissapointed as to how the plot moved a tad slowly and seemed to drag on. It was certainly enthralling though and a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Harris has been one of those pleasant suprises for me. I only read 'Red Dragon' because my wife was busy reading and praising 'Hannibal'and I am not a patient man. The central plot of the book involves two FBI types, Jack Crawford (of 'Silence of the Lambs') and Will Graham ( a retired civilian specialist with a knack for catching serial killers)chasing one Francis Dolarhyde, a bonafide twisted soul who kills families. The narrative prose is elegant, effortless and exciting and presents the case and the chase in a style so smooth and transparent that Harris hardly ever gets in the way of his own writing. I have always liked this ability in a storyteller. But more importantly, Harris has a remarkable gift for writing deeply in and out of the characters' souls while weaving the unfolding arc of the story in a revealing way about their formative histories. It's easy to write about events, but much harder to create psycho-biography which engages and holds the reader. This is Harris' true gift. He begets utterly 'knowable' characters. One is left exhausted and sad at the end, but with a sense of not having been cheated by the effort of reading because we know the killer so well. We even...dare I say it...understand him and why he is such a brutally disfigured personality. That's refreshing. (Did I really say refreshing?) I will look forward to 'Hannibal' and all subsequent Harris works with enthusiasm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always wanted to read Thomas Harris, but never got around to it until recently. Well, I am a foolish woman. I finished "Red Dragon" in record time. To be honest, it didn't grab me right away; when I started reading I almost put it down a couple of times. But once I got the flow of the narrative and a feel for the author's style I was hooked. I'm in the middle of "Silence of the Lambs" now and mentally smacking myself for waiting so long to get into this series (no pleasure, no rapture greater than discovering a good book, except perhaps knowing an equally good book will follow). If you're like me, indecisive, hemming and hawing over whether or not to begin, just take the plunge.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thomas Harris is not a very good author, however, this is one hell of a story! I literally couldn't put it down.
Ignite_the_Night More than 1 year ago
It's a shame after two tries that Hollywood can't get a movie right. I used to be a hardcore horror fan...this is the only book that ever gave me nightmares. I highly recommend this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book. I have read it many times and have seen the new movie 3 times. (Twice on opening day!) But this one was by far the best of the three books. I enjoyed the first look at Hannibal Lector and watching him evolve. The suspense was great! I love this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had heard great things about The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, and being not allowed to see the movies, read the books first. This one was ok. Not very much suspense, it wasn't even scary. The Silence of the Lambs was a much better book. Kind of creepy, one of the few books that I only read in 2 days. Overall, it was ok, not great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Had me wanting more 'cause I found it so interesting. I could visualize every scene in the book as though I were shooting the movie in my head. In truth a couple chapters probably could have been shortened or left out. We know how Dolarhyde was disfigured so why go into it so much? One chapter on his history would have been enough. The last chapter really got me when The Dragon shows up at Graham's home and attacks him. Never saw it comin'. Clever plot and very interesting dialogue and characterization make this a worthy read. I was a tad disappointed Lecter didn't get much page time but oh well he makes up for it in Silence and Hannibal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
tammienguyen More than 1 year ago
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Yeah its not you. The one im talking abt has red hair and freckles. Thank you anyways :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love silence of the lambs
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Walks around " dragon or rider?"
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Can't wait to read it!
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