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Red Dragon Paperback – 8 Apr 1983

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (8 April 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552121606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552121606
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 945,342 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 alternate Paperback edition.

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The first in the Hannibal Lecter trilogy, now a major new film --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Aug. 2001
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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 By A reader! on 19 Jan. 2007
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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 By A Customer on 10 Jun. 1999
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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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By John Mounsey on 7 Oct. 2002
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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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