THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFeed your fears with this terrifying classic that introduced cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter.FBI agent Will Graham once risked his sanity to capture Hannibal Lecter, an ingenious killer like no other Now, hes following the bloodstained pattern of the Tooth Fairy, a madman whos already wiped out two families To find him, Graham has to understand him To understand him, Graham has only one place left to go the mind of Dr Lecter....
|Title||:||Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter)|
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||Berkley Auflage Reprint 24 Dezember 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||271 Pages|
|File Size||:||883 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Red Dragon (Hannibal Lecter) Reviews
Ein gutes Buch aber leider rutscht es teilweise ins Tom Clancyhafte ab.Charaktere sind durchgehend konstant gezeichnet wenn auch zuweilen stereotyp. Wer den Film genoßen hat wird auch am Buch seine Freude haben.
Red Dragon, the Thomas Harris novel that introduces Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a brilliant blend of psychological thriller and police procedural, but the focus of psychological profiling by the FBI would not be nearly as interesting were not both the killer and his primary nemisis such interesting characters. Will Graham, the former FBI agent recalled to deal with a serial killer of families, is a psychologically crippled man. Physically injured in his attempt to arrest Hannibal 'the cannibal' Lecter and psychologically scared from the constant proximity of ugly death, he had fled the FBI hoping not to ever have to face that horror again. But he has a gift - an unwelcome gift - he can 'feel' his way into the mind of a killer. One of the creepiest scenes in the book has him inhabiting a crime scene where a family was cruelly murdered and imagining what the killer saw and why he wanted to see it that way. The killer himself, Francis Dolarhyde, is equally fascinating. A worker in a photo shop, he selects his victims from watching their home movies. He also has a secret delusional world, which the killings are ceremonial fodder for. Lecter, himself, plays only a minor but important role.Harris is a very good writter and occasionally achieves brilliance in scenes that, when they were written, were like nothing thriller readers had ever experienced before. With this book and Silence of the Lambs, he single handedly created the psycho/serial killer sub genre that flooded the mystery market in recent years. But he was first and best at this kind of thing.The only thing I can fault the book for is the very artificial set of false conclusions at the end of the story. The repeated scenes after which one might expect THE END only to have another brush with the villain, strained credulity and seemed forced after the powerful story leading up to it. That said, this is a great read - and lingers in the memory for a long time.
I think the main reason that this book is a bestseller is because of the Thomas Harris tie-in with movies. All of his books have been made into excellent movies and most of the movies follow the books plotline to the letter.That can be a problem in that there is not much of a difference between the movie MANHUNTER and this book. The tracker is driven, the serial killer is a pathetic character with a need to be loved and a need to kill at the same time. It's an interesting study.The quibbling I have is almost retroactive and that is the character of Hannibal Lector. It wasn't until Silence of the Lambs that Harris returned to Lector and fleshed him out to the point that the serial killer in Lambs is almost an afterthought. If you are buying this book for another Hannibal Lector tale, you are going to be disappointed. Hannibal shows up for a couple of pages, says some things that deeply disturb the investigator and then fades into the background - although there is a major plot element toward the end that Hannibal Lector is involved in. However, that plot element could have been done without Hannibal Lector and you never see Hannibal Lector anyhow.But this is an excellent thriller, and excellent mystery and a very fast read. While there's nothing that you won't see in the movie, there's also nothing disappointing either.
The first half of the book is pretty good. It starts off and flows incredibly well: despite its seemingly long 354 pages, I was able to complete it in about two days. The characters are fleshed out quite well; you come to truly know all of the protagonists, and, for a change, the killer as well.Unfortunately, when it comes to plot, I found it to be somewhat lacking. The plot deals with a former FBI agent, Will Graham, being brought out of retirement to aid in the apprehension of serial killer. The Graham and the FBI run about the US in an attempt to locate the killer before he slays again. Graham has the impressive and unenviable ability to identify with serial killers, and thus understand their motive and nature. The reader often finds himself wondering why Graham, who seems to understand serial killers so well, is not one himself; what makes a serial killer? This question is briefly explored, though never answered. As the book reaches its middle, its quality dramatically declines, and the end winds up being surprisingly bad.On the whole, it is a good book, worthy of reading if you have some free time. However, it does not deserve classic status.As a side note, Hannibal Lecter did not play a major part in the this book and only appeared a few times.
Overall I enjoyed this book very much, but I got impatient frequently and skipped around quite a bit. Perhaps it's this skipping around which led to my confusion about the book's implication that Will Graham was really on the edge. He's written as very morose and distant and it's difficult to identify with him--to get a sense for why he feels so fragile. I think we're supposed to believe that he has a "serial killer" mind or he's on the brink of madness, but he's so responsible and committed to his work that I don't buy it. He never seems really in danger of slipping, so it leads one to wonder why Lecter's taunting was threatening to him. How is he just like the monsters he seeks? This is never illustrated. I would have liked Will to have been more dangerous or close to the edge. Or just skip this facet of his character and just stick with him as a smart and committed investigator, which works just fine.The film "Manhunter" is very MiamiVice-esque but definitely a worthwhile rental. It's best if you think of it as a different entity than the book, though I must admit I had the film characters in my mind as I read.