Book Review – Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter #3) by Thomas Harris

First published, 1999

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In this third instalment of the Hannibal Lecter series, we delve further back. Back, in fact, to Lecter’s devastated wartime childhood, the sister he lost and her horrible end, and we also discover Lecter’s former patient: lipless, lidless, partially eaten by dogs, the wildly wealthy Mason Verger, who is on a personal crusade to find Lecter before the FBI so he can exact vengeance for his awful injuries.

But it’s seven years since Lecter escaped in the Buffalo Bill debacle, Clarice Starling’s career has stalled largely because she won’t sleep with the bosses who refuse to take her seriously, and Lecter has so altered his appearance that the police in Italy might never recognise him – were it not for the massive bounty on his head.

But can a well-funded team of armed muscle men overpower the psychiatrist and cannibal? Will Mason Verger get his revenge? Will his sister Margot ever have his baby? And has Clarice already met the only man who could be her equal?

An awesome story with some devastating prose, haunting characters, and shocking deaths. There’s a scene, eight pages from the end (I won’t ruin it for you) that even after all the face-eating shocked me to my core. A must read.

Off I go to find a copy of Hannibal Rising.