Red Dragon

Red Dragon

Book - 1981
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A psychotic killer is on the loose in this strong thriller for mature readers.
Publisher: New York : Putnam, c1981.
ISBN: 9780399124426
039912442X
Branch Call Number: HARR
Characteristics: 348 p. ; 24 cm.

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srkmeyer
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.

AL_SUSANMO 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.

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palaminopony
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.

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Tylerwithtree
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.....

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keo8128
Mar 01, 2011

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

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galli
May 21, 2010

Interesting but too predictable

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reviewer
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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NormanDragomir Mar 14, 2015

NormanDragomir thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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