Hannibal by Thomas Harris
Hannibal by Thomas Harris is the 3rd in the Hannibal Lecter series if taken by publishing date.
In Chronological order, this book actually is the fourth. Hannibal Rising would be the first, Red Dragon would be second, Silence of the Lambs would be third, but publication order is probably the best way of reading them.
This book takes place seven years after Hannibal Lecter escaped captivity. This is an amazing book almost solely due to the depth of the characters.
Clarice Starling is not doing so well. She just killed a meth dealer, a pregnant woman, and corrupt Justice Department Agent Paul Krendler is making her a scapegoat. When she receives a letter of condolence from Lecter, the FBI decides that now is the time for her to track him down.
Meanwhile, Mason Verger, a sadistic pedophile who molested and raped his own sister, was horribly disfigured by Lecter, and is plotting revenge. He wants nothing more than to feed Lecter to his wild boars.
Verger’s sister Margot, also has an agenda. She wants his sperm, so that her and her girlfriend can have a baby, and subsequently inherit the Verger farm.
Hannibal, who has been living a “fairly” quiet life in Italy as a museum curator, has been noticed by Chief Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi.
Between Pazzi, Krendler and Verger, they capture Lecter. With the arrival of Clarice, their plan falls to pieces, in more ways than one.
You really had to pay attention in this one, as there was so much happening. It was wonderfully pieced together, and although I’m not sure the ending was “right”, it was a really good book. Reminder, not for the squeamish.
Re-Read: October 2015
Favorite Quotes from Hannibal:
“On a related subject, Signore Pazzi, I must confess to you: I’m giving serious thought to eating your wife.”
“She was charming way a cub is charming, a small cub that will grow up to be like one of the big cats. One you can’t play with later”