Silence of the Lambs is by far the best of the Lecter series. Harris realised the value of the character he created in Red Dragon and capitalised superbly to write the novel that brought him the fame he deserves. Not unusually I had seen the film before I read the book, but I have to say that contrary to usual trends this improved the book rather than detracted from it. The book brings the events in the film to life and it is one of the few that I could enjoy as much on a repeat reading. The story is exceptional and the two main characters are of the best in the literary world. Fantastic.