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Red Dragon [Hardcover]

Thomas Harris
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Oct 1981
Special agent Will Graham is lured out of retirement to find a way into the mind of the baffling serial killer known as the Red Dragon. A thriller featuring Hannibal Lecter, from the author of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, BLACK SUNDAY and HANNIBAL.
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  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T); First edition edition (Oct 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039912442X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399124426
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best popular novel published since The Godfather" (Stephen King)

"Completely gripping" (Time Out)

"Something out of the ordinary for strong nerves and stomachs, an intricately crafted chiller" (Observer) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The thriller that launched Hannibal Lecter's legacy of evil. Now fans of the new Sky Living TV series Hannibal can read the books that launched a legend. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 5 Aug 2001
By A Customer
I read this book just after finishing The Silence Of The Lambs. I didn't get what I was expecting, I got something better. I was hoping for a bit more of Hannibal Lecter in this book. He is only in it every now and again. The story does not revolve around him, this is not a bad thing because the story is utter genius. The plot involves an FBI agent who is asked to help catch one more killer before he returns to his family. The killer in question is The Tooth Fairy, he butchers entire families. This is easily the equal of The Silence Of The Lambs. Contrary to most peoples opinions this book has in fact been made into a film already. The fantastic Manhunter was made in the 80's but plans are set to remake it entitled Red Dragon. Get this book, love it, then watch the film.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely thrilling 22 July 2002
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Having already read silence of the lambs and hannibal i was suprised to discover that there was another hannibal lecter book out there that i had not heard of considering the popularity of the the other two. Due to this i was not expecting much from this book given its lack of publicity, i was pleasently supprised. Red dragon proved to be a compelling gripping story driving into the psych of a very disturbed serial killer which kept me addicted right until i got to the end of the last page. I would strongly recommend this book to anybody who has enjoyed other books by thomas harris or enjoys reading gripping psychological thriller. A must read for all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars even better than the other three!!! 19 Jan 2007
Red dragon is THE best of the hannibal books. I thought that i only liked the books because of the character of Hannibal Lecter, but after reading this i realised that it is infact the fantastic story lines and writing that i love. I read this after silence of the lambs and Hannibal and was initially dissapointed to learn that hannibal was only in about one chapter-but it didnt matter!!!!! The murderer is really interesting and scary too making this a really exciting and thrilling read!!! Also, Will Graham is REALLY interesting, its a shame he is olnly in one book! OOOOOOOO i must go read it again.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First and best Lecter. 29 April 2003
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This is Harris's first book featuring Hannibal Lecter (though he only makes brief appearances).
The story starts as former FBI agent Will Graham is brought out of retirement by his desperate boss, Jack Crawford. A serial killer, The Tooth Fairy, is murdering families. Graham has a unique gift for entering a person's psyche and estemating their next move. After using this to capture Hannible Lecter, Graham suffered mental and physical scars and left the FBI. This is only refered in the book, though it did appear in the recent movie "Red Dragon".
Graham visits Lecter in prison to retune his ability. This is the start of an excellent cat and mouse chase as Lecter tries to influence The Tooth Fairy and use him to extract revenge on Graham. While Graham is out to track down The Tooth Fairy before his next murder, which will occur at the next full moon.
This is an excellent novel stands head and shoulders above the sequels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Red Dragon is the first in the series of three Hannibal Lecter books, and contains some of the best elements from the trilogy. The killer on the loose, Francis Dolarhyde, is chillingly portrayed while allowing us to feel a little sympathy towards him. He is far superior to Jame Gumb, the somewhat amateurish serial murderer in The Silence of the Lambs - if Dolarhyde and Gumb had changed books, both novels would have been improved. But, as always, Hannibal Lecter takes centre stage as the dark and mocking director of the play. He well deserves his fame.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Avid Fans ... 7 Oct 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
So, here we have the inevitable paperback re-issue of Thomas Harris' incredible original Hannibal Lecter novel from 1981, Red Dragon.
This particular re-release is of course to coincide with the imminent release of the big budget movie adaptation in the cinema, and Sir Anthony Hopkins' face now adorns the cover (although this will be different on the USA re-issue cover)
The novel itself should need no introduction. Despite the huge success of it's sequels - The Silence of the Lambs (SOTL) and Hannibal, Red Dragon remains Harris' finest book to date, although in fairness I have not read his first novel which was Black Sunday. However, that story did not feature Dr. Hannibal Lecter - he made his debut in this serial killer thriller.
Unlike SOTL and Hannibal, The Good Doctor spends all of his time safely behind bars in Red Dragon. This will be a turn off to fans of the other books I suspect, but the important thing to remember is that Hannibal has only a small part in this story. A crucial role, of course, but nevertheless his "on-screen" time (as it were) is very small indeed. This was accurately reflected by Michael Mann in his 1986 movie adaptation - "Manhunter" (where Brian Cox played Lecter), but I suspect that due to the casting of Hopkins for Red Dragon, this will change for the new movie version. More flashbacks are likely to feature, including Lecter's original capture I suspect.
The strength of Red Dragon is not really the introduction of Dr. Lecter in my opinion. The story has two other characters who are far more interesting, namely retired FBI investigator Will Graham and serial killer lunatic Francis Dolarhyde. Graham was the man who actually managed to put Lecter behind bars (respect!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it
Ordered the entire series and each came nicely packaged in great condition, however my copy of Red Dragon had a noticeable crease across the front cover. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Ella MacKrell
5.0 out of 5 stars The best - no argument here
I read this a long time ago - probably shortly after it first appeared, and remember being knocked out then. Read more
Published 19 days ago by David Penny
4.0 out of 5 stars Clunky writing style.
This is a good book and well written. That said all authors have their own writing style and I found it difficult to read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steveatki
3.0 out of 5 stars It's okay....
I absolutely loved reading silence of the lambs, so thinking i would have a quick break from AGOT I went to Red Dragon. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Miss Jennifer L. Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Readable
Probably the weakest of the trio, but it does grip you from beginning to end. But this book is more about Will than Hannibal which is probably my gripe.
Published 4 months ago by Michaela
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Exactly as shown in the web page. Exactly what we needed and in plenty of time. Thank you very much
Published 6 months ago by erica chesterfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Possible spoiler - ish
I hadn't read a book in ages. I picked up Red Dragon and didn't put it down again for about three days when I had finished it! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ms J
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I'm not a book person but the this book got me into reading books :) I would recommend reading all the books from thomas Harris :P
Published 7 months ago by Lukas
5.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent, psychotic and spine-chilling a true masterpiece.
Dr Hannibal Lecter is the only cannibal I've ever wanted to succeed. A truly engaging character who it is a little to easy to empathise with.
Published 8 months ago by Garry Dawe
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Dragon
The first book in the Lecter series, the Red Dragon is a fantastic and creepy read. Characters are fabulous, great pacing, plot is engaging at all times. Read more
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