The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter) Paperback – 8 Aug 2002
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The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris, is even better than the successful movie. Like his earlier Red Dragon, the book takes us inside the world of professional criminal investigation. All the elements of a well-executed thriller are working here--driving suspense, compelling characters, inside information, publicity-hungry bureaucrats thwarting the search, and the clock ticking relentlessly down toward the death of another young woman. What enriches this well-told tale is the opportunity to live inside the minds of both the crime fighters and the criminals as each struggles in a prison of pain and seeks, sometimes violently, relief.
Clarice Starling, a precociously self-disciplined FBI trainee, is dispatched by her boss, Section Chief Jack Crawford, the FBI's most successful tracker of serial killers, to see whether she can learn anything useful from Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Lecter's a gifted psychopath whose nickname is "The Cannibal" because he likes to eat parts of his victims. Isolated by his crimes from all physical contact with the human race, he plays an enigmatic game of "Clue" with Starling, providing her with snippets of data that, if she is smart enough, will lead her to the criminal. Undaunted, she goes where the data takes her. As the tension mounts and the bureaucracy thwarts Starling at every turn, Crawford tells her, "Keep the information and freeze the feelings." Insulted, betrayed, and humiliated, Starling struggles to focus. If she can understand Lecter's final, ambiguous scrawl, she can find the killer. But can she figure it out in time? --Barbara Schlieper -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.
A snapshot from hell -- Rolling Stone
The best book Ive read in a very long time subtle, horrific and splendid -- Roald Dahl
Thrillers dont come any better than this razor-sharp entertainment, beautifully constructed and brilliantly written -- Clive Barker
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Hence we have what essentially comes across as very well-written SOTL fanfiction, complete with Hannibal's tragic back story and subsequent humanisation, the questionable character motivations and of course the "Clannibal". However, don't take this comment as a criticism. The story is a wild ride from start to finish and is as wonderfully narrated as his other novels. Not to mention, I found the book hilarious... Perhaps unintentionally at times (for example, when Hannibal broke into Clarice's car and licked the steering wheel - who would be able to keep a straight face while picturing that??), but that being said, I believe this book needs to be read after taking a few steps further into the fantasy end of fantasy realism. It may be with that outlook that I didn't detest the "shock value" ending.
Don't pick this up expecting another crime thriller. It's not Red Dragon or SIlence Of The Lambs. It's it's own thing, something else entirely. And somehow, it works.
Oh man - I remember being impressed the first time, but reading it again I can't get over how perfect this is. The opening chapter alone heralds the entire book in a few sparse, densely written pages. And it just gets better from there on.
I was amused to read some of the other Amazon reviews from people who had seen Silence of the Lambs and then been disappointed because there's not more Lecter in this one. But there is - the entire thing is about Lecter and Graham.
Oh, and I once met Brian Cox on the top of Ben Nevis and we chatted for 20 minutes while he smoked a cigarette, and he is, in my mind, the creepiest Lecter of all. Love that film. Love the book.
The book was later adapted into Silence Of The Lambs. Although the plots are slightly different, some of the mechanisms within the plot are reminiscent and if you didn't know about the connection between the two you might think the author was just recycling ideas.
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