Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

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In The Silence of the Lambs, the best of Harris’s novels, the FBI requires Lecter’s insight in order to catch serial killer Buffalo Bill...While this is a finely crafted thriller, and there is a relishable, hard-bitten quality to Harris’s prose...The Silence of the Lambs has been swallowed whole by Jonathan Demme’s unforgettable screen adaptation.
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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 Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs--and ingenious, masterfully written book and an unforgettable classic of suspense fiction.

 

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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 December 28, 2009 by St. Martin's Press. 436 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, Crime. Fiction
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The Independent

Above average
Reviewed by David Evans on Sep 22 2013

In The Silence of the Lambs, the best of Harris’s novels, the FBI requires Lecter’s insight in order to catch serial killer Buffalo Bill...While this is a finely crafted thriller, and there is a relishable, hard-bitten quality to Harris’s prose...The Silence of the Lambs has been swallowed whole by Jonathan Demme’s unforgettable screen adaptation.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Lowcountry Book Lover on Jun 05 2014

The Silence of the Lambs is one of my favorite movies. It’s the perfect combination of horror and thriller. There is some gore but it’s the psychological aspect that sticks with you...This read did not let me down. It is tightly written and stands up even 26 years after first being published.

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