Red Dragon

Red Dragon

eBook - 2009
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A second family has been massacred by the terrifying serial killer the press has christened "The Tooth Fairy." Special Agent Jack Crawford turns to the one man who can help restart a failed investigation, Will Graham. Graham is the greatest profiler the FBI ever had, but the physical and mental scars of capturing Hannibal Lecter have caused Graham to go into early retirement. Now, Graham must turn to Lecter for help.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Publishing Group, 2009, ©2000.
Edition: Berkley premium ed.
ISBN: 9781440657757
Characteristics: xiii, 443 pages ; 19 cm

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Apr 24, 2020

You've probably have seen the movie, and you have probably watched the TV series inspired by Dr. Hannibal Lector, but have you read where it began? "The Red Dragon" is an intense psychological thriller that will twist what you think you know about this prolific fictional serial killer.

Dec 11, 2017

very addictive. This is the beginning of the Lecter series which if you're here you probably already know. The main character is Will Graham who originally caught Lecter and is now asking Lecter's help to catch the Red Dragon.There are four books I know of in the series. I read this in three day's and will now stop writing a comment and begin book two; Silence of the Lambs.

Mar 12, 2017

Unfortunately I had seen both movie versions before reading, so I thought I wouldn't enjoy it much, knowing the story. Fortunately , the book was so much better than the movies. So much richer, more info, totally different ending, creepier, more intense, and a terrific portrait of insanity - suppose I'll have to read all of his now.

ArapahoeSusanMo Dec 12, 2016

I found this to be a great read.. suspense-building, rational, intelligent, scary and finally, resolved cleanly.. it really moves the reader quickly and logically.. uses flashbacks well to help us 'know' the players.. intense but not frightening.. there is a subdued control in the fluidity of the story.

Sep 10, 2015

“Red Dragon” follows FBI criminal profiler Will Graham as he is pulled out of an early retirement by FBI investigator Jack Crawford. A series of brutal murders have occurred in Baltimore, and Crawford wants Will’s help with solving the crime. However, the murderer proves more elusive and deadly than either of the agents originally thought, so they must consult with Dr Hannibal Lecter, the incarcerated cannibal. The stakes get higher though as the murderer, The Great Red Dragon, begins to target Will.

“Red Dragon” is part of Thomas Harris’s ‘Hannibal’ series, but does not need to be read with the other books (it makes sense on its own). This novel falls into the horror and mystery genres, and is an absolutely incredible read. The plot of “Red Dragon” is eerie and captivating, and moves at an even, medium pace. The characters of this novel are interesting and intricate, and they live in constant peril. The Red Dragon is a terrifying and wonderful villain, and Will Graham is a haunted and reluctant hero. The setting of “Red Dragon” is also interesting, and the haunting version of Baltimore that Harris has written really sets the mood for the novel.

Overall, the author of this review highly recommends “Red Dragon”. It is a terrifying and engaging novel, and will keep any reader scared for its entirety. There are a lot of symbols and deeper meanings in “Red Dragon”, making it suitable as an essay book or ‘book talk’ novel. Due to mature and graphic content, the author of this review believes “Red Dragon” to be suitable for ages sixteen and up.

ColemanRidge Jun 30, 2011

Not just better than the sequels, but a completely different kind of book. The hero is unequivocally good, but just about as scary as the villain. The villain is as bad as the Black Plague, as a rabid rat in a nursery, as a death camp, but doing the best he can considering his circumstances. The book can scare one into putting a weapon close to hand, and can make one feel pity and terror at the same moment.

Apr 28, 2011

The above comments are waaay off, friends.
Thomas confounds genre stereotypes by mixing horror, thriller, and a detective novel.
Beautifully, tensely written, populated with characters you're left longing to see again. Some, of course, you do.....

Mar 01, 2011

Better than Hannibal, not as good as Silence of the Lambs.

May 21, 2010

Interesting but too predictable

Nov 02, 2007

A disappointing work with stereotypical main characters by an author who is capable of much greater and more original things. Interesting murder scenes and that's about it.

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Apr 24, 2020

After putting the infamous prolific cannibal serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lector, behind bars, Will Graham is ready for retirement. Now that a new slippery and gruesome serial killer has emerged as the "Tooth Fairy" he is forced to not only come out of retirement, but work with Hannibal to profile this criminal. Will Will Graham sanity survive the psychological olympics to catch another terrible murderer?


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Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

He came back to the car, long legs lifting high in the snow, and there was snow in his hair and on his eyelashes and I remembered that I love him. It felt like something breaking with a little pain and spilling warm.


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