Author(s): Thomas HarrisDownload
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.
Some Reviews: 4356 in Goodreads.com
I was a huge fan of the underrated & underappreciated tv show Hannibal. Which served as a prequel to the Hannibal Lecter series. It explored the relationship between Will Graham an F.B.I. profiler and Dr. Hannibal Lecter the gentleman cannibal & serial killer. I loved the cat & mouse game between the two, it a much more fascinating and complex relationship than the more famous relationship between Hannibal & Clarice Starling. I hadn’t watched the movie version of Red Dragon(the one named Red Dragon, not the earlier movie named Mindhunter) until a couple months ago. The movie stays pretty close to book although I did picture the tv version of Will Graham and of course Anthony Hopkins as Lecter.
Red Dragon is the novel that introduced us to the iconic character Hannibal Lecter. The only problem I had with this book is there wasn’t enough Lecter. This book is fantastically written. I’ve read other reviews that disliked The Tooth Fairy(I’m calling him that because he would hate it) grandmother subplot but I like it when the villains background is fleshed out. I will let you know that I thought the book lost steam at the 300 page count but it finished strong.
P.S. If you get a chance Google The New York Times reviews of the book written by Christopher Lehmann, its a weird a different take on book. Apparently he felt the author is making fun of Liberals and doesn’t take childhood trauma serious. Its a funny read.
I would recommend Red Dragon to fans of the movie The Silence of the Lambs and readers who love a twisted villain.
I read Red Dragon over a decade ago, and, while I have no need to reread it (I remember every little cringe-inducing detail), it has popped up on my 17 Books for People Who Hate People Reading Challenge. So here’s a review.
I don’t think there’s a single bad thing to be said about Red Dragon. It’s one of the only thrillers that ever truly scared me. The killer and his “becoming” has stayed with me for ten-plus years, and I firmly believe it’s the best book in the Hannibal Lecter series. Silence of the Lambs is tame by comparison, and Hannibal left me wanting. It left me wanting so much that I refused to read the final book, Hannibal Rising.
In summation: One of the best thrillers I’ve read, and better than future books in the series. High recommended.
Final Judgment: Lip-smacking good.
Most people were introduced to Dr. Hannibal Lecter by the “Silence of the Lambs” movie, but Lecter’s legacy really began with this novel, and it’s still my favorite of the series. A book that manages to be terrifying not through gore or supernatural occurrences, but simply by exploring the fractured minds of the criminally insane.
People who only saw the Red Dragon movie and didn’t read this yet should be warned in advance that Hannibal Lecter has little more than a cameo appearance in this novel…the focus is definitely reserved for the bizarre “Red Dragon” killer and the man trying to catch him. Still, you won’t be disappointed, as this book is an amazing read. Will Graham is so haunted, that he becomes far more fascinating and sympathetic than the usual protagonist. And the killer is so disturbing yet so mesmerizing, that the only thing worse than continuing to read more about him would be to NOT continue to read about him!
The Hannibal Lecter movies featuring Anthony Hopkins were amazing, but for me, this book still trumps then all.
Mine is a late entry into the world of Hannibal Lecter, and I regret it, but better late than never. Brilliant narration from Thomas Harris, kept me on the edge. I was fervently perusing the pages, hoping against hope that the Tooth Fairy, pardon me, Dragon, would not hunt down Graham. The pacing was perfect and never for a moment did Harris digress from the plot and neither it lead to the dreary repetition of psychological/crime thrillers.
Eagerly looking forward to read the rest of the novels in the series.
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