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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.


The movie adaptation of Harris's The Silence of the Lambs is by now an iconic part of American pop culture. When listening to the follow-up adventures of FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling and evil nemesis Dr. Hannibal Lecter, it's hard not to at first conjure up mental images of actors Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. But, because Harris reads from his own material in a distinctive Mississippi drawl, his own strong stamp on his characters soon takes over, breathing fresh energy into the sequel. Starling is older, 32, wiser and hardened by her years working inside the FBI bureaucracy. Lecter, the cannibalistic serial killer, long on the lam in Europe, returns to the U.S., where he faces a showdown with his sixth victim, Mason Verger, the only one to have survived one of Lecter's vicious attacks. Verger, now faceless and hooked to a respirator, runs a family meat business empire from his bed. He plans to feed Lecter live to specially bred bloodthirsty pigsÄand to use Starling as bait to catch him. It's a wonderfully twisted scheme that leads to a vividly horrific chain of events. Also available unabridged and on CD. Simultaneous release with the Delacorte hardcover. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Hannibal is, of course, Harris's long-awaited sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, which so thoroughly propelled the brilliant psychiatrist-cannibal into the popular imagination. We catch up with Lecter in Florence where he is living a scholarly life and rarely murders anyone but is still obsessed with FBI special agent Clarice Starling. He is nearly captured in Florence, after which the FBI and Starling are back on his trail. Also tracking Lecter is another monster, Mason Verger, his only surviving victim. Verger is mutilated, paralyzed, and on a respirator but has resources enough at his disposal to co-opt and manipulate the FBI's investigation in his quest for vengeance. The strong and likable Starling is doubly betrayed, first by the FBI and then by Harris himself, as the novel stumbles to its bizarre and unlikely conclusion. The author reads his own work with remarkable skill and precision--an ironic but welcome asset to this program, which is an adequate abridgment.--Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

"Strap yourself in for one heck of a ride--it'll scare your socks off."--Denver Post

"Relentless--endlessly terrifying."--Los Angeles Times "Interested in getting the hell scared out of you? Buy this book on a Friday ... lock all doors and windows. And by Monday, you might just be able to sleep without a night-light." --Newsday Don't miss Thomas Harris's New York Times bestsellers:
Red Dragon
Black Sunday

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