However, Hannibal Rising goes in a totally unexpected direction in effect, its a prequel to the earlier books, returning to Lecters childhood in World Wars Eastern Front. The youthful Hannibal sees his family murdered by the Nazis. But something else happens which alters (and deforms) Hannibals psyche forever. The boy moves to Paris with the beautiful Japanese widow of his last surviving relative. And soon, an orgy of grisly revenge is in train, wrought on some opponents almost as nasty as Lecter is to become himself.
Weve seen this before: Hannibal murdering people quite as ruthless as he is whether this makes the operatic bloodshed satisfying is a matter for every individual reader. Whatever your stance, the effect of Harris prose is, as ever, utterly irresistible.
Hannibal Rising is comparatively uncomplicated, when set against the complex, richly textured Harris novels that came before it.
Is there a danger that in showing us how Hannibal became a monster, something is lost of his terrifying mystery? As if to deal with this possibility, Harris keeps Lecter unknowable by removing his customary articulate examination of this own motives (he is still a boy, after all). But the tale of bloody vengeance has a forward trajectory that (whatever your reservations) will render this is a one (or two) sitting reading. And the next book will, surely, recapture that richer Harris texture. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
`Lecter remains a powerful, iconic creation...he is more like Dracula, coming out of the forests of eastern Europe to bring his evil to an unsuspecting west.' -- Observer
`This novel is a sure-fire best seller and will be gobbled up by Harris's millions of fans world wide. No doubt the Hollywood studios are already queuing up to turn it into a film, and who can blame them with a work of this magnitude.' -- Independent on Sunday
`Thomas Harris [is]... a writer of vivid and fluent thrillers.'
-- Daily Telegraph
`Thomas Harris is undoubtedly a master of his craft and a great writer' -- The Mirror --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Publisher
From the Inside Flap
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.
Hannibals uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncles 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 Hannibals 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 deaths prodigy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
A masterpiece Chillingly brilliant Observer
Quite simply a compelling and brilliant thriller. Daily Mirror
The thrills, horror, sly erudition and sheer exquisite writing make this so much more than another serial killer novel... [It] reaches almost sublime levels of gothic grandeur at its conclusion. If only all bestsellers were so rewarding. Guardian
This is the best-written thriller to dominate the market in years in the wit, erudition and sheer style of the eponymous Dr Lecter, we have not only a world-class villain but a literary evocation of the diabolical to compare with Goethe and Gogol. Honestly The Times
The readers who have been waiting for Hannibal only want to know if it is as good as Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs It is a pleasure to reply in the negative. No, not as good. This one is better. Stephen King
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
Utterly gripping Independent
A virtual textbook on the craft of suspense. A masterwork of sheer momentum that rockets seamlessly towards its climax Harris is quite simply the best suspense novelist working today. Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.