Making Murder: The Fiction of Thomas Harris: The Fiction of Thomas Harris (Google eBook)

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ABC-CLIO, Dec 30, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 358 pages
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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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Contents

Thomas Harris and His Fiction
1
Black Sunday
47
Red Dragon
85
The Silence of the Lambs
141
Hannibal
201
Hannibal Rising
263
Notes
317
Index
337
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About the author (2009)

Philip L. Simpson is an assistant professor of communications and humanities at the Palm Bay campus of Brevard Community College, Palm Bay Florida.

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