Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris

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That foreknowledge of Lecter's adult character makes the book largely unsatisfying; its only twist is a minor one portrayed as a major one, and otherwise, it follows a simple, straight line through Lecter's life...
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HE IS ONE OF THE MOST HAUNTING CHARACTERS
IN ALL OF LITERATURE.

AT LAST THE EVOLUTION OF HIS EVIL
IS REVEALED.

Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck.

He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him.

Hannibal’s uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle’s beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.

Lady Murasaki helps Hannibal to heal. With her help he flourishes, becoming the youngest person ever admitted to medical school in France.

But Hannibal’s demons visit him and torment him. When he is old enough, he visits them in turn.

He discovers he has gifts beyond the academic, and in that epiphany, Hannibal Lecter becomes death’s prodigy.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Thomas Harris

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The late Thomas Harris was a Navy psychiatrist and a professor at the University of Arkansas. He practiced psychiatry in Sacramento, California and directed the Transactional Analysis Association.
 
Published June 23, 2009 by Dell. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Tasha Robinson on Jan 11 2017

That foreknowledge of Lecter's adult character makes the book largely unsatisfying; its only twist is a minor one portrayed as a major one, and otherwise, it follows a simple, straight line through Lecter's life...

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