Hannibal by Thomas Harris

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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.

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 17, 2009 by Dell. 562 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Crime. Fiction

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You don't have to get very far into Hannibal, the novel in which Thomas Harris finally brings back literature's most distinguished cannibal, to be reminded of Star Wars. You don't have to wait for Harris's made-for-the-movies action sequences, like the abortive opening drug bust that puts FBI age...

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Hannibal

The New York Times

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This is what Thomas Harris’s readers would least like to hear from Mr. Harris’s flesh-eating celebrity, Dr. Hannibal Lecter: “I deeply regret any pain I may have caused for the victims and their families.

Dec 08 2006 | Read Full Review of Hannibal

The New York Times

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“Hannibal Rising” was apparently conceived as both a novel and a movie — the film, with a screenplay by Harris, is scheduled to open in February — and it’s entirely possible that the writer decided to grit his teeth and choke out a teenage-Hannibal story just for the sake of seeing his monster pl...

Dec 31 2006 | Read Full Review of Hannibal

The Guardian

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The most powerful part of Hannibal Rising, the long-awaited fourth novel about the cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter, is the first section, which is, in essence, a Second World War version of the story of Hansel and Gretel.

Dec 10 2006 | Read Full Review of Hannibal

The Guardian

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Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris 323pp, Heinemann, £17.99 Reimagining the origin myth is a fine way to revive an ailing franchise, as Batman Begins and Casino Royale have shown.

Dec 16 2006 | Read Full Review of Hannibal

Book Reporter

"Now that ceaseless exposure has calloused us to the lewd and the vulgar," Thomas Harris writes in HANNIBAL, "it is instructive to see what still seems wicked to us.

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AV Club

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It's fascinating to read Hannibal, Thomas Harris' belated sequel to his 1988 sensation The Silence Of The Lambs, with the knowledge that Harris intended the novel, his fourth, to be filmed.

Mar 29 2002 | Read Full Review of Hannibal

AV Club

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Harris frames Lecter's teen years as a struggle between Murasaki's calm influences and his own urge to vengeance, but it's clear from the beginning (not to mention from previous books) that for Lecter, the two are complementary rather than contradictory.

Jan 11 2007 | Read Full Review of Hannibal

Entertainment Weekly

To anyone familiar with Thomas Harris' Dr. Hannibal Lecter -- genius, aesthete, cannibal -- it's only natural to react with profoundly divided sympathies.

Jun 14 1999 | Read Full Review of Hannibal

Entertainment Weekly

In the seven years since Lecter made his escape, Mason, the heir to a meatpacking dynasty, has committed his every resource to giving Lecter his just deserts.

Jun 25 1999 | Read Full Review of Hannibal

Entertainment Weekly

I knew I was in trouble when the prologue promised the reader could ''watch as the beast within turns from the teat and, working upwind, enters the world.'' Hannibal, no surprise, turns out to be descended from one Hannibal the Grim.

Dec 13 2006 | Read Full Review of Hannibal

The Bookbag

Hannibal Rising is the first episode of the story of Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter, the terrifying doctor from the Silence of The Lambs, Hannibal and Red Dragon novels and it is gripping, nerve-jangling and masterful in equal measure.

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The firstborn son of a wealthy Eastern European count, Hannibal Lecter was born and raised in 500-year-old Lecter Castle.

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Significant missing pieces of Lecter's past, as well as the peculiar structure of his psychopathology, are unveiled throughout the book, by Starling and other pursuers as much as by Lecter himself.

Dec 22 2017 | Read Full Review of Hannibal

London Review of Books

The first time we – that’s we the reading public – met Dr Hannibal Lecter, he was lying on his cot in his cell at the Chesapeake State Hospital for the Criminally Insane with a copy of Alexandre Dumas’s Grand dictionnaire de cuisine open on his chest.

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