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Silence of the Lambs
Silence of the Lambs
Author: Thomas Harris
A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname-Buffalo Bill-is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignm...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312022822
ISBN-10: 0312022824
Publication Date: 5/19/1999
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 45 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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The book is always better--grittier, scarier, more real.
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One of the best psychological thrillers ever written, and personally, Thomas Harris' very best work. Bravo!
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Hannibal Lecter is once more sought out for his expertise in serial killers, being as how he is one himself. This time it's a young agent, Clarice Starling, who needs his help in stopping a killer who skins his victims. During the course of the investigation, Clarice must learn a lot about herself and the man who is helping her to save the life of a young hostage. This is the best in the Hannibal Lecter series, by far! If you don't read any other book in this series, read this one. It's even self-contained, so you don't have to worry about getting lost in backstory.
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Harris delivers a fast-reading, fascinating crime thriller with Silence of the Lambs. A lot of research went into this book and I found the informational, procedural passages very interesting. The focal characters, Starling, Lecter, and Crawford are compelling and run deeper than the characters you will find in most thrillers. Harris makes you care about Starling and pull for her, without resorting to melodrama. This book is well-written and worth reading, even if you've seen the movie already.
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I enjoyed reading this book and it's alot better than the movie.
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Loved the movie, but I wondered if it was one of those cases where the book was better. The book is of course, but the movie is still a fantastic adaption. Either way, if you think you don't need to read the book because you've seen the movie, you're wrong. Harris is a master at suspense and its so well written that it's hard to put the book down. There are also enough little details and scenes left out of the movie to keep even the biggest movie buff interested in what's going to happen.

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