Invite Hannibal Lecter into the palace of your mind and be invited into his mind palace in turn. Note the similarities in yours and his, the high vaulted chambers of your dreams, the shadowed halls, the locked storerooms where you dare not go, the scrap of half-forgotten music, the muffled cries from behind a wall.
In one of the most eagerly anticipated literary events of the decade, Thomas Harris takes us once again into the mind of a killer, crafting a chilling portrait of insidiously evolving evil--a tour de force of psychological suspense.
Seven years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, seven years since FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane. The doctor is still at large, pursuing his own ineffable interests, savoring the scents, the essences of an unguarded world. But Starling has never forgotten her encounters with Dr. Lecter, and the metallic rasp of his seldom-used voice still sounds in her dreams.
Mason Verger remembers Dr. Lecter, too, and is obsessed with revenge. He was Dr. Lecter's sixth victim, and he has survived to rule his own butcher's empire. From his respirator, Verger monitors every twitch in his worldwide web. Soon he sees that to draw the doctor, he must have the most exquisite and innocent-appearing bait; he must have what Dr. Lecter likes best.
Powerful, hypnotic, utterly original, Hannibal is a dazzling feast for the imagination. Prepare to travel to hell and beyond as a master storyteller permanently alters the world you thought you knew.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The sequel to The Silence of the Lambs is as intense, grisly, and smart as its predecessor. When a high-profile FBI raid goes wrong, Special Agent Clarice Starling is drawn back into the search for cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter. She’s soon joined by an Italian detective, a corrupt FBI man, and Lecter’s only living victim, who’s planning to exact sadistic revenge. Stylish and shockingly brutal, Hannibal provides a startling conclusion to Thomas Harris’ iconic series. Savor it with the lights on.
This narrative roils along a herky-jerky vector but remains always mesmerizing, as Harris's prose and insights, particularly his reveries about Hannibal, boast power and an overripe beauty. If at times the suspense slackens and the story slips into silliness, it becomes clear that this is a post-suspense novel, as much sardonic philosophical jest as grand-guignol thriller. Hannibal, we learn--"we" because Harris seduces reader complicity with third-person-plural narration--is not as we presumed. The monster's aim is not chaos, but order. Through his devotion to manners and the connoisseur's life, in fact to form itself, he hopes--consciously--to reverse entropy and thus the flow of time, to allow a dead sister to live again. He is not Dionysius but Apollo, and it is the barbarians who oppose him who are to be despised. Hannibal may be mad, but in this brilliant, bizarre, absurd novel--as in the public eye--he is also hero; and so, at novel's end, in blackest humor, Harris bestows upon him a hero's rewards, outrageously, mockingly.
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This book was great. It took the Lecture story to a new height. Definitely a great read. I could tell a ton of research went into the writing is this piece. Can’t wait to start the next book in the series.
this book is one of the most intelligently written pieces of literature i have ever come across. i have loved this entire series, constantly intrigued by dr lecter. this book made a great end, the book ended exactly as i would have ended it. not to say that it was predictable in the least. it will be difficult to find a book that keeps me as interested as this one. highly recommend
Couldn't put it down
Very very good read. Found myself not being able to put it down. Recommended to anyone.