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Review: Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

★★★ #ThrowbackReview

Silence of the Lambs came out in a movie and it was amazing. I was blown away by the acting, the storyline, everything. So of course, I had to go to where it all started. I picked up this book to read about Hannibal Lecter. Suffice to say, the movie and later the TV series worked better for me than the books.


This story is more about the FBI agent who needs to leverage Hannibal to help him with a case. If I recall, most of this book is pretty detailed in forensic science which at the time I wasn't too interested in. I do find that the TV series - Hannibal (TV Series 2013–2015) - IMDb does a great job of showcasing Will Graham, a profiler. Getting into the mind of serial killers I guess can drive a person crazy. This book does a good job of showcasing it and I didn't fully appreciate it because I thought this series and this book would be more like the Silence of the Lambs. It isn't and yet it is.


It is similar in that the goal is to catch a serial killer, The Tooth Fairy. The way it goes into what he does is similar to what the serial killer does in Silence of the Lamb. This is horror/thriller where violence isn't as common yet and into such sadistic detail. I think nowadays, many people are jaded with the overwhelming violence that has now been normalized. This book is recommended to those who want to see how it all starts. Want to see hard-hitting profiling? Try this book.