Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris is the 2nd in the Hannibal Lecter series if taken by publishing date.
In Chronological order, this book actually is the third. Hannibal Rising would be the first, Red Dragon would be second, but publication order is probably the best way of reading them.
The Silence of the Lambs introduces young FBI trainee Clarice Sterling, who is sent by Agent Jack Crawford to present a questionnaire to Hannibal Lecter, currently in the care of Dr. Chilton at a mental hospital/prison. The true reasoning behind Crawford’s methods is to get Lecter to assist with solving the Buffalo Bill killings. Buffalo Bill is currently kidnapping young women, skinning them, and dumping their remains in the water. Clarice will return again and again to visit Lecter, and they develop a strange relationship, with Lecter rather protective of her, and willingly giving her clues to solve the Buffalo Bill case. But let us remember that Hannibal Lecter always has ulterior motives. When Senator Ruth Martin’s daughter is kidnapped, he manipulates everyone, and escapes. Meanwhile, Clarice is still on the hunt for Buffalo Bill.
I love the characters that Harris has created in this series. Lecter in particular. He is evil, but very entertaining. A Cannibal, but often very soft-spoken. Devious and manipulative, but forthcoming. So many sides, most of them a trifle scary.
Great series which I read over and over. (I also love the movie)
Re -Read: January 2015
Favorite Quotes from Silence of the Lambs:
“Do you think if you caught Buffalo Bill yourself and if you made Catherine all right, you could make the lambs stop screaming, do you think they’d be all right too and you wouldn’t wake up again in the dark and hear the lambs screaming?”
“Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness except greed.”