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  1. Kemper Kemper says:

    When it comes to Hannibal Lecter I’m like one of those music hipster douche bags that everyone hates because I’ll snootily declare that I knew about him long before most people did and that he’s sucked ever since he got really famous I’d read this years before the book of The Silence of the Lambs came out and led to the excellent film adaptation that skyrocketed Hannibal to the top of pop culture villains Hell I’m so Hannibal hip that I’d caught Brian Cox playing him in Michael Mann’s adaptation Manhunter and I didn’t just see it on VHS like all the other late comers I actually saw it in the theater Twice I’m pretty sure this is the literary euivalent of claiming to have seen a band in a bar with eleven other people long before their first record dealSo after Thomas Harris and Hollywood ran the character into the ground after the second movie it’s been years of shaking my head and saying “Man nothing’s been the same since Anthony Hopkins gave his Oscar acceptance speech”Since I felt like Harris was just cashing in and had pretty much ruined Hannibal in the process I hadn’t felt the urge to revisit Red Dragon or The Silence of the Lambs in some time I was than skeptical about the NBC preuel TV series Hannibal but great reviews and the involvement of Bryan Fuller got me to check it out Not only has it been incredibly good and returned Hannibal Lecter to his creepy best it’s clever use of events referenced as backstory in Red Dragon had me digging out my copy to refresh my memory Even better the show has given me a new appreciation for an old favorite and reminded me what I found compelling about it to begin withWill Graham was a profiler for the FBI until he was badly injured while identifying a certain gourmet serial killer whose name conveniently rhymes with ‘cannibal’ which certainly made life easier for the people writing tabloid headlines Will has retired to a happy new life with a wife and stepson in Florida until his old boss Jack Crawford comes calling and asks for help There’s a brutal new killer dubbed the Tooth Fairy by the cops due to his habit of biting his victims He’s killed two families after breaking into their homes and seems to be on schedule to do it again at the next full moonWill is reluctant to come back not just because he’s already been gutted once by a madman He also fears that trying to think like a mass murderer isn’t the best thing for his mental health It turns out that his concerns are justified after a tabloid journalist essentially paints a target on his back for the Tooth Fairy Even worse Will has to confront the man who nearly killed him and being confined to a cell doesn’t mean that Dr Lecter can’t still do some serious damageEven as someone who was on the Hannibal bandwagon for a uarter of a century it’s shocking to re read this and realize how small of a part he actually plays in the story Yes he’s terrifying and his presence hangs over Will like a dark cloud but he’s still a supporting player Francis Dolarhyde aka The Red Dragon aka The Tooth Fairy may not have Hannibal’s culinary skills but he’s one damn scary and slightly tragic villain while Will Graham makes for a damaged but compelling hero in the storyI think one of the things I love best is just how much time is spent on how Will thinks As a man with extremely high levels of empathy and a vivid imagination Will’s ability to put himself in someone else’s shoes is a gift and a curse Thinking like deranged killers has left him uestioning if he might not be one of them and it spills over all his emotions like a toxic oil spillBy understanding their madness Will can find the logic in their thinking and it’s following that internal logic that allows Will to find the evidence they need The breakthrough Will eventually makes is one of my all time favorite examples of pure detection in the genre It was in front of the reader the entire time but it’s such an elegant solution that fits together so perfectly that Harris doesn’t have to engage in obscuring it with red herringsAs a thriller that led to countless rip offs and even the eventual collapse of the franchise due to it’s own success it’s been often imitated but rarely eualedCheck out my review of the Hannibal TV series at Shelf InflictedCross posted at Kemper's Book Blog


  2. RedemptionDenied RedemptionDenied says:

    I wish I'd read the book before watching the movies About half way through the novel my copy of Manhunter came crashing through the letterbox The dvd incorporated a 54 page booklet Michael Mann's HeadGames by Steven Paul DaviesContents Introduction The Making of the Film An Interview with Brian CoxThe Thomas Harris SeuelsMichael Mann Cult HeroMichael Mann Filmography Manhunter Credits Ex FBI Profiler Will Graham is dragged out of early retirement when a second family is slain by a serial killer who has a penchant for doing his work during the lunar cycle when it's a full moon Still recovering from physical and emotional scars he received years earlier courtesy of Hannibal Lecter; he's reluctant to work on the case But FBI head Jack Crawford persuades him Or maybe it's the photos of the killers handiwork that makes him want to help Graham has the uniue ability to see what others' miss Is able to think like the killers he's pursuing He spends time at one of the crime scenes at the Charle's Leeds home in Atlanta working in minute detail which was extremely creepy as he moves from room to room trying to ascertain how the crime played out How did the perp enter the property? Who was the first to be killed? Why were the bodies rearranged? How long after the murders did the killer stay in the property? and what was he doing? Why are there broken pieces of mirror? How does he choose his victims and how does the killer know so much about them? What about the blood patterns trajectory etc? Being inside Will's head seeing what he's seeing was uneuivocally disturbing And where's Jack the Leeds dog? What do the two families have in common? the list goes on By working the scene he learns a lot about the Leeds' family The first family to be slaughtered the Jacobis a month earlier is a different matter There isn't much left of that crime scene after it was cleaned up He needs to know them as well We also get the killers' POV as well as flashbacks to when he was younger which was strangely amusing Especially when he gets a visitor and he's able to tell that person his name and that's only because the other children at the orphanage kept calling him it And it's got no 's in it I was a little disappointed that there was little time spent with Lecter We don't get to see his inner thoughts Well that's probably for the best I think So this is the novel that spawned the movie Manhunter 1986 starring William Peterson Will Graham Brian Cox Hannibal Lecter Tom Noonam Francis Dolarhyde Joan Allen Reba McClane She spent time at the New York Institute For The Blind in preparation for her role walking around blindfolded Stephen Lang Freddy Lounds Dennis Farina Jack Crawford and Kim Greist Molly Graham It's impressive how close the movie is to the source material; including some of the dialogue The ending was notably different Obviously they couldn't sueeze everything into the film Manhunter was going to be called Red Not sure how close the Red Dragon movie resembles the book as I can't remember suat about it for some reason I'll probably watch it again someday Red Dragon 2002 starred Edward Norton Will Graham Anthony Hopkins Hannibal Lecter Ralph Fiennes Francis Dolarhyde Philip Seymour Hoffman Freddy Lounds Harvey Keitel Jack Crawford and Mary Louise Parker as Molly Graham Personally I preferred Michael Mann's 1986 movie adaption I'll never forget the wheelchair scene which had a budget of 15 million and took 86 million at the box office In contrast Brett Ratner's Red Dragon which is basically a remake had a budget of 78 million and took 2091 million at the box office The chronological order of the movies is Manhunter 1986 or Red Dragon 2002 The Silence of the Lambs 1991 Hannibal 2001 and Hannibal Rising 2007 I still need to watch that one Jody Foster didn't reprise her role as Clarice Starling in Hannibal as she didn't believe she would have much of a part wasn't worth her participation and she wanted to direct the movie amongst other things so Julianne Moore took overThe inspiration for Hannibal Lecter is based on a real life person who wasn't a serial killer Alfredo Balli Treviñi who was a Mexican doctor The authors' foreword provides insight Foreword to a Fatal Interview I guess I'll have to read these in chronological order I loved The Silence of the Lambs film watched it a multitude of times and Anthony Hopkins was uintessentially cast as psychiatristserial killer Hannibal Lecter Brian Cox's role as Lecter was very good as well


  3. Karla Karla says:

    WARNING Shameless Hannibal fangirl GIFspamSince I've become a fan of the TV show Hannibal I thought it was appropo to re read the book that inspired it It's been years and I'd forgotten practically everything about both the book and the Edward NortonRalph Fiennes movie Even so it wasn't like I was reading it fresh Hannibal Lecter's become such a part of the pop culture that I had expectations also intensified by the fact that Hannibal kicks total ass WATCH EEEEEETComparing the show to the novel was a lot of fun because you can see the pieces that have been lifted altered and paid homage to by Bryan Fuller Co Bits of dialogue minor characters etc It's very much like fanfiction probably one of the best examples I can name of something that has the inspired byadapted frombased on labelWhereas the show focuses heavily on Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter their intricate personalities and evolving or devolving relationship the book's emphasis is on the serial killer especially in the latter half Lecter only has a couple scenes and Graham wasn't nearly as interesting as how Hugh Dancy portrays himI didn't get the same amount of happy happies from his snarky charmOr feelz from his incredible angst You're breaking my heart DOr the happy that is really screaming and dying inside I could post Willfeelz all dayInstead of being tortured and tormented by his awful gift of empathy and making me want to corner the market on hugs so I can donate them all to the poor dear bookWill came off as a bit of a snippy asshole with his wife though she's not a big help and somewhat of a typical detective on the scent who is clueless for far too long I wanted to yell at him to make the obvious connection of the home movies between the various victims But he was an engaging enough protagonistAnd even though I was prepared for his general absence I still really missed lots of face time with this glorious bastardAnd stuff like this goes without sayingThis'll definitely stay on my keeper shelf because the last half galloped along once Harris turned the plot's focus on to Francis Dolarhyde as a person instead of the killer in the background and I had uninterrupted time to read and really get into the story funny how that works I got the sense that Harris felt he was the most interesting character and poured the story's emotion and understanding into creating him I certainly felt like he was the deepest character out of the entire castOverall I think what Red Dragon has inspired is generally better than the book itself as a whole but it's still a very worthwhile read3 12 stars closer to 4 All dedicated to Rachel who made me see the beauty and addictiveness of HughWill feelz D


  4. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Red Dragon Hannibal Lecter #1 Thomas HarrisIn 1975 Will Graham a brilliant criminal profile of the FBI captured the serial killer Hannibal Lecter However Graham suffered serious injuries from the encounter and retired afterwards Four years later in 1979 a serial killer nicknamed The Tooth Fairy stalks and murders seemingly random families during seuential full moons He first kills the Jacobi family in Birmingham Alabama then the Leeds family in Atlanta Georgia Two days after the Leeds murders agent Jack Crawford Graham's mentor goes to Graham's Marathon Florida residence and pleads for his assistance; Graham reluctantly agrees After looking over the crime scenes with only minimal insight Graham realizes he must visit Lecter and seek his help to capture The Tooth Fairy عنوانها اژدهای سرخ، پیش از داستان سکوت بره ها؛ نویسنده توماس هریس؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش بیست و هفتم دسامبر سال 1997میلادیعنوان اژدهای سرخ، نویسنده توماس هریس؛ مترجم فرهاد بدری زاده؛ تهران، نشر چکاوک؛ 1374؛ در 621ص؛ چاپ دوم 1377؛ شابک 9646043054؛ چاپ سوم 1388؛ شابک 978964604353؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، زرین کلک؛ 1379؛ در 621ص؛ شابک ایکس 964917043؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20معنوان اژدهای سرخ، نویسنده توماس هریس؛ مترجم سهیل صفاری؛ تهران، نشر دایره، 1388؛ در 549ص؛ شابک 9789646839977؛ عنوان دیگر پیش از داستان سکوت بره ها؛ داستان اژدهای سرخ داستان قاتل روانی به نام «فرانسیس دلارهاید»؛ با گرایش‌های سرکوب شده ی همجنسگرایانه است؛ که در یک مؤسسه ظهور فیلم در «سنت لوییس آمریکا» مشغول به کار است؛ و به واسطه ی شغلش به فیلمهای خانگی که از نقاط مختلف «آمریکا» برای آنجا ارسال می‌شود دسترسی داشته، و از آن طریق قربانیان خود را برمی‌گزیند؛ او در جنایات خود با تصویر اژدهایی در یکی از آثار «ویلیام بلیک»، شاعر و نقاش «آمریکایی» سده ی 18میلادی به نام اژدهای سرخ کبیر و زن ژنده پوش همزاد پنداری کرده، و اینگونه به خود تلقین می‌کند، که قربانیان در حقیقت توسط اژدها انتخاب و به تعالی می‌رسند؛ او در هنگام تولد با نقص زایشی لب شکری، و نداشتن سقف دهان به این دنیا آمده، و مادرش در بیمارستان او را رها کرده، و تا سن پنج سالگی که سرپرستی او را مادربزرگ مادرش میپذیرد، در نوانخانه‌ ای زندگی کرده، و به خاطر نقص جسمی که داشته مورد تمسخر و آزار و اذیت دیگران بوده است؛ داستان اژدهای سرخ نخست با حضور دو مأمور اف‌بی‌آی آغاز می‌شود؛ ادامه ی داستان اژدهای سرخ را در کتابهای «سکوت بره ها»؛ و سپس در کتاب «هانیبال» بخوانیدتاریخ بهنگام رسانی 15041399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا شربیانی


  5. David Putnam David Putnam says:

    Loved this book This book is vivid and very memorable It precedes Silence of the Lambs another great read A movie Manhunter was based on this book Michael Mann directed love Mann movies Its a great movie but the book as always was better The point of view of the antagonist was beautifully realized and that's what made the book so chilling The chase of the antagonist the hunt kept me reading long into the night The way Harris slowly layered in the clues was brilliant The method in how the antagonist chose his victims was also a great concept A solid five starsDavid Putnam the author of the Bruno Johnson series


  6. Ginger Ginger says:

    5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Back in 1981 Thomas Harris introduced us to a character that will be well known for generations to come Dr Hannibal Lecter is this character and he’s been involved with multiple books movies and a now a TV showRed Dragon first brings us this character after being caught by FBI profiler Will Graham Dr Lecter is living in isolation while in prison and Will Graham needs his helpAnother serial killer is on the loose and Graham must go confront Lecter to get help understanding this new threatThe Tooth Fairy has killed two families so far when Jack Crawford asks for Will Graham’s help Graham is hesitant to help due to catching two serial killers one was Dr Lecter and Graham is not sure his sanity and soul can survive these monsters Graham is one of the best FBI profilers out there and Crawford knows he needs Grahams' help to catch this sadistic killerThe Tooth Fairy aka Red Dragon is an evil and tormented monster Harris ends up getting into the background and mind of this character and it’s a twisted nightmareRed Dragon is intense suspenseful and the psychology involved is unnerving There were moments while reading that I was glad the lights were on Thomas Harris seems to tap into the serial killer mind and creep the fuck out of you No jokeThe characterization along with the heart stopping chase of stopping the Red Dragon was excellent I also enjoyed all the forensics involved in the bookI’m glad I finally read Red Dragon Harris seems to be one of the first to write about serial killers and he did an outstanding jobShould you read Red Dragon if you’ve seen the movies Manhunter or Red Dragon?Yes I think so Both movies were good but this book taps into the psychology of the serial killer that I found was missing in the moviesRecommended to people that love crime detective books horror and thrillers


  7. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    Hannibal Lecter rises This is the first novel about Dr Hannibal Lecter introducing the character MINDS ALIKE You never know what path a novel will take specially when this becomes the beginning of a book seriesWhen you're reading you could think that Will Graham would be the hero of this book series but the tremendous success of Dr Hannibal Lecter even before the filming of The Silence of the Lambs based on the seuel book it was clear that the good guy won't the hero of this book series butthe Bad GuyAnd you won't find badder guy than Dr Hannibal Lecter since he isn't just a psychopath but he's a psychiatrist therefore he knows all the tricks that criminal profilers do and he knows all the tricks of the psychologists whom try to treat himoh and if that wasn't enoughhe eats his victims with the best cuisine techniuesHow Will Graham special investigator of the FBI was able to catch him?That's where things got creepysince Will Graham thinks too much alike as LecterTo catch a madman you need a madmanAnd the worse of that?When the madman needs the help of the other madmanThat's where things get creepierand bloodier EVIL KNOWS EVIL Will Graham got three dangeours serial killers including the infamous Dr Hannibal Lecterbut at a great costso he decided to leave all that behind and having a uiet life with his familyBut evil never takes vacationsthe Tooth Fairy a new and twisted serial killer rises and entire families are paying the priceSpecial Agent Jack Crawford in charge of the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI knows that the Tooth Fairy not only is something out of the regular serial killers but also it's on a bloody spree so there's little time to avoid massacresso he needs to call again Will GrahamNobody can gets into the minds of serial killers like GrahamHowever since the Tooth Fairy is a menace racing against timeWill Graham needs to get into contact of Dr Hannibal Lecter to ask for his help in the casethe game is on againand Dr Hannibal Lecter enjoys to play


  8. Jess☺️ Jess☺️ says:

    Red Dragon by Thomas Harris is the first in the Hannibal Lector series My god what a creepy start it isThe addiction for this book starts right from the first page and keeps you gripped untill the last we only get snippets of Hannibal and when he does show you can just feel the chills forming 😲Francis Dolarhyde red dragon is a terrible and despicablecreepy psychopath which nobody wants to meet but doesn't have that lector way about himThis is a sinister heart palpitating book which has you reaching for the next in the series as soon as possibleDo I recommend this??? 🤔Oh definitely


  9. Stephanie *Extremely Stable Genius* Stephanie *Extremely Stable Genius* says:

    Now that I’ve just finished reading this book I feel the need to scrub parts of my brain with steel wool for the purpose of removing certain scenes that Thomas Harris has so rudely embedded there Thanks a bunch TomWill Graham has the rotten luck at being really good at his job He is a profiler for the FBI and while he was on the job catching Dr Hannibal Lecter Lecter caught him with a big sharp knife Will decides that was enough for him so he makes the wise decision to retire But nooo Jack Crawford Will’s former boss shows up at his house asking for help on a new case of a new serial killer dubbed the Tooth Fairy because the creep likes to bite his victimsHere’s how the conversation goes between the two broken down to its simplest formJack Hey I need your help with a case because you’re the best at what you doWill But I don’t want to on account I was nearly gutted last time I helped youJack But you’re really good at your job Will Okaysince you put it that way I’ll helpFrancis Dolarhyde or the Tooth Fairythe Dragon had a pretty awful childhood to put it mildly Born to a mother who rejects him because of a deformity a hare lip then raised by a sadistic grandmother who adopts him for the sole purpose to get revenge on her daughter not because she loves the boy As a result of growing devoid of all love he turns out a little off SurpriseWhere Dolarhyde has no empathy Will has too much This is what makes him a good profiler; he is able to almost ‘become’ the person he is hunting to understand them“Graham had a lot of trouble with taste Often his thoughts were not tasty There were no effective partitions in his mind What he saw and learned touched everything else he knew Some of the combinations were hard to live with But he could not anticipate them could not block and repress His learned values of decency and propriety tagged along shocked at his associations appalled at his dreams; sorry that in the bone arena of his skull there were no forts for what he loved His associations came at the speed of light His value judgments were at the pace of a responsive reading They could never keep up and direct his thinking He viewed his own mentality as grotesue but useful like a chair made of antlers There was nothing he could do about it”That’s pretty dark stuff to deal with and still fight to maintain sanity When all was said and done I suppose I ‘enjoyed’ this book But yet I didn’t enjoy it at all It was very well doneit kept my attention throughout but I don’t think this type of book is all that good for me While I love dark books I seem to need them to be a bit fancifulnot of the real world All the stuff that happens in the real world is depressing enough bombings school shootings and kids shooting other kids to death I feel the need to escape from that Books like this are just of that Oddly enough though I think the new TV show is fantasticI now am reading a book about the Tao de Ching that has an unfortunate title hoping it will clean up my brainAlso posted on Shelfinflicted


  10. Erin Erin says:

    I was a huge fan of the underrated underappreciated tv show Hannibal Which served as a preuel to the Hannibal Lecter series It explored the relationship between Will Graham an FBI profiler and Dr Hannibal Lecter the gentleman cannibal serial killer I loved the cat mouse game between the two it a much fascinating and complex relationship than the famous relationship between Hannibal Clarice Starling I hadn't watched the movie version of Red Dragonthe 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 FairyI'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 PS 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


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Red Dragon [Read] ➯ Red Dragon By Thomas Harris – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 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.