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(Red Dragon and Silence of Lambs) Intelligent use of characters and dialogue, and powerful about the dark side of humanity
on 14 April 2017
Thomas Harris is one of those rare authors who has strong insight about the human condition and the capacity of violence. His use of dialogue and character motivations are first rate. Red Dragon in particular is very intelligent about the exhaustive and despairing detective work in hunting serial killers and the chapters midway through the book goes into the childhood traumas of the serial killer which is both heartbreaking and powerfully insightful about the pathology of a serial murderer. Silence of the Lambs on the surface has a faithful movie adaptation, but many little differences that makes both book and film great in their own ways. In the novel, the serial killer character is greatly expanded, more detail communicating Hannibal's intelligence and the sinister side of society. Though there are little details I personally don't like such as the novel's more gentle version of Clarice's description of her trauma, it's still a great novel overall.
If you only want a few FICTION books to read in your lifetime, have Thomas Harris' books on your shelf.