The Silence of the Lambs

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Mandarin, 1991 - Adventure stories - 352 pages
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A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname-Buffalo Bill-is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter-Hannibal the Cannibal-who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.
Dr. Lecter is a former psychiatrist with a grisly history, unusual tastes, and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. His intimate understanding of the killer and of Clarice herself form the core of "The Silence of the Lambs-"and ingenious, masterfully written book and an unforgettable classic of suspense fiction.

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It's a love story, good love story. - Goodreads
The bad: the writing makes my editor's eyes bleed. - Goodreads
Good pacing, great plot. - Goodreads
A great page turner! - Goodreads
I like detective but this plot is kinda ridiculous. - Goodreads
Harris' electric, concise prose is his greatest weapon. - Goodreads

Review: The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter #2)

User Review  - Joe Huang - Goodreads

As I add every puzzle of event given by Thomas Harris, the incomplete depiction looked nothing but a morbid mosaic filled with skinned corpses. However, the complete depiction of this mosaic ... Read full review

Review: The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter #2)

User Review  - Liz - Goodreads

If you've seen the movie The Silence of the Lambs, there will be few surprises here, but it's still a tight crime thriller with well-drawn characters. (I did miss the nuance of Francis Dolarhyde - Jame Gumb was pretty one-dimensional by comparison. But Clarice made up for it.) Read full review

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Author Thomas Harris was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1940 to Thomas, an electrical engineer, and Polly, a high school chemistry and biology teacher. He graduated with a B.A. from Baylor University in 1964. He has one child, a daughter, from his first marriage. Harris worked as a general assignment reporter for the Associated Press in New York and covered the crime beat daily. He spent time at the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit in Quantico and has interviewed serial killer Ted Bundy in researching for his novels. Harris's first novel, "Black Sunday" (1975), was a collaborative effort with fellow reporters Sam Maul and Dick Riley. While working the evening shift for the AP, they came up with the idea of using the Goodyear Blimp as the vehicle for a terrorist attack at the Super Bowl. The next novel, "Red Dragon" (1981), tells the story of the FBI's search for a murderer and introduces the infamous character Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter. The 1986 movie version of this novel was titled Manhunter. Next came, what many considered to be a masterpiece of suspense, "The Silence of the Lambs" (1988) and brings back the psychopathic killer Hannibal Lecter in an intense exploration of evil. The film version became the third movie in history to claim the top five Academy Awards, which were Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Screenplay (Ted Tally), Best Director (Jonathan Demme) and Best Picture. The sequel, "Hannibal," was published in 1999 and it was also made into a movie.

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