Red Dragon (Hannibal Lector)

Thomas Harris

★ ★ ★ ★

This book is good.

Will Graham, brilliant criminal profiler for the FBI captures Hannibal Lector in 1975 and continues to capture other psychopaths and serial killers after him – but now with Lector’s help. Lector has such an interesting and complex mind and watching him interact with Graham is spine-tingling.

This book helps introduce Lector and it’s done in a really interesting way as Graham and his boss Jack Crawford work together to go after a new serial killer on the streets and use Lector’s mind to aid in the investigation.

The writing is brilliantly crafted and hard to look away from. It’s a solid beginning novel with strong protagonists facing even stronger antagonists. I loved the time Harris took to detail background of the characters involved in the story, as it really helps you build connections to them in the plot. It’s a chilling read and builds a lot of tension.

It’s a great entry to the rest of the series and definitely had me on the edge of my seat. True Crime and investigative novels and genres have potential to be great stories and Harris might be one of the best I’ve seen so far. You won’t be disappointed in the read.

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