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Publisher's Summary

A quiet summer night...a neat suburban house...and another innocent, happy family is shattered - the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness.
All hope rests on Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer's tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the infamous mass murderer who Graham put in prison years ago.
As the imprisoned Lecter tightens the reins of revenge, Graham's feverish pursuit of the Red Dragon draws him inside the warped mind of a psychopath, into an unforgettable world of demonic ritual and violence, beyond the limits of human terror.
©1981 Thomas Harris (P)2012 Random House Audiobooks
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3 out of 5 stars
By Michelle on 02-27-15

Needed a better narrator

Would you try another book from Thomas Harris and/or Alan Sklar?

I bought this book because I loved Silence of the Lambs. Red Dragon was good, but the narrator was terrible.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator often lapsed into whiny tone, which made it really hard to like the characters or care about them. He also at times sounded very flippant, which again detracted from the story.

Was Red Dragon worth the listening time?

Red Dragon is mostly worth the listening time. It's a good story, but unless you love the narrator (and I did not) sometimes it's hard to stay with it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Charles Atkinson on 06-21-15

The Best Police Procedural of Our Time

Stephen King claimed Red Dragon the best American novel since The Godfather. It was that quote that persuaded be to purchase the paperpack some 30 odd years ago. It was the first book I ever read that highlighted the brilliance of the FBI, rather than making them out to be egotistical boobs.

Of course it introduces Hannible to the world, adding dark humor into a very serious manhunt. But like Silence of the Lambs, the killer is not some evil genius, but rather a severely abused, mentally ill man convinced he is beoming something that will overcome the world. There is a overwhelmingly human aspect to the monstrous violonce he reigns on his victims.

The element of terror this book induces is like no other book I have ever read, except perhaps, Silence of the Lambs. Yet through it all we are introduced to the real FBI, efficient, brave, persistent and genius.

The narrator has a professional voice, but I found it to be soulless.

If you've never read either Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs, you're in for a real treat. Unfortunately, I feel Harris completely lost his way after those two novels.

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