A no. 1 bestseller (500k sold in hardcover), the story of Hannibal Lecter's childhood and early years, from the mega-bestselling author of Hannibal and The Silence of the Lambs. 20050217
A native of Mississippi, Thomas Harris began his writing career covering crime in the United States and Mexico, and was a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in New York City. His first novel, Black Sunday, was published in 1975, followed by Red Dragon in 1981, The Silence of the Lambs in 1988 and Hannibal in 1999.
Twenty-five years after Hannibal Lecter, a cross between Professor Moriarty and Jack the Ripper, first invaded the imaginations of countless readers worldwide in Red Dragon, bestseller Harris has crafted an unmemorable prequel that's intended to explain the origins of Lecter's evil. Fans of Harris's previous Lecter novel, Hannibal (1999), already know the major trauma that transformed the young Lecter-the murder of his beloved younger sister, Mischa, during WWII-which the author describes in more grisly detail. Lecter also has an unusual love interest, his uncle's Japanese wife, Lady Murasaki, but the bulk of the narrative focuses on Lecter's quest for revenge on those he holds responsible for Mischa's death. Unfortunately, the prose and plotting lack the suspenseful power of Red Dragon or The Silence of the Lambs, and will leave many feeling that with such a masterful monster as Lecter, less is more. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Praise for Hannibal Rising: Superbly done...You know the destination, but that doesn't mean the journey isn't bracing... Fans of Harris will be delighted with Hannibal Rising. I was." * Sunday Telegraph *
"A mesmerising read... Evoked with masterly skill. The sheer brio of the storytelling is irresistible, and then there's the flesh-shredding horror - nobody, but nobody, does that as chillingly as Thomas Harris." * Daily Express *
"A wonderfully murderous climax...Hannibal Rising is spot on...This novel is a sure-fire bestseller" * Independent on Sunday *
"Often chilling...always entertaining...Lecter remains a powerful, iconic creation" * Observer *
"Prepare to be thrillingly nauseated...As Hannibal goes on his fiendishly imaginative rampage, one turns the pages faster, time flies, and one is sorry that there aren't more pages to turn" * Sunday Times *