Silence Of The Lambs, The

Silence Of The Lambs, The

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FBI Academy trainee Clarice Starling hopes that Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a criminally insane psychiatrist imprisoned in a Boston hospital, can lead her to the serial killer known only as Buffalo Bill

McMillan Palgrave

As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknames "Buffalo Bill," FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him.

That man, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a former psychiatrist with unusual tastes and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. His intimate understanding of the killer and of Clarice herself form the core of Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs--an unforgettable classic of suspense fiction.

& Taylor

FBI Academy trainee Clarice Starling comes face to face with the ultimate evil when she enlists the aid of murderer Hannibal Lecter in the FBI's search for a serial killer known only as "Buffalo Bill," in a tenth anniversary edition of the best-selling thriller. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c1988
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312924584
Characteristics: 338 p. ; cm


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Dec 14, 2017

I thought this was much better written than the first book. And there is a lot more time spent with the equivocal Dr. Lecter. I like the development of the authors style. You can feel the characters have a force of their own. Their story needs to be told. Even though this is a thriller I laughed out loud a few times also. If you think moth's are creepy too this is part of the gruesomeness. And a happy ending for everyone. It's so addictive too. Finished in three days.

Nov 17, 2017

Not as good as Red Dragon, Buffalo Bill isn't a believable character. Found myself rooting for Buffalo Belle to finish her girl suit. Buffalo Bill's backstory is poorly developed, not believable, I wasn't motivated to dislike him and the character's "scary value" relied solely on "scary crossdresser". Only read for Hannibal Lecter, the end was boring, contrive and unfulfilling except for Hannibal's part

Mar 24, 2017

Scariest book about a killer I ever read. Thomas Harris wrote a classic.

Jan 15, 2017

Harris is an amazing writer! This book will be remembered as one of the greatest thrillers ever created! It is hard to get Hannibal Lector out of your mind once you "meet" him.

Jun 23, 2016

After watching the movie I had quite high expectations for this book. I found the writing itself a little disappointing, but the overall storyline was excellent, as I knew it would be.

Mar 21, 2015

It's really weird, reading this book again, so long after the movie has become a classic. It's hard to separate the film performances from the characters in the book, and little things leap out at you - Clarice has no cell phone. It seems insane now, but you have people searching for a murderer, a serial killer, and they're having to ask to borrow people's landlines to call in.
For all that, it's still a tense thriller, and one of the few books to actually make me jump - it's a moment they recreated accurately in the movie, with agents poised to break in the door, the killer pacing, unsure whether to answer the bell or not, and Clarice, supposedly miles away, calling in on a witness.... Brilliant stuff. I'll go back and read "Red Dragon" soon, but I'll skip the later books. Once the film came out, things went a little wobbly.

athompson10 Feb 04, 2015

Saw the movie ages ago but wanted more of the back story. Excellent thriller, well paced; much of the gore is left to the reader's imagination which makes the book creepier.

JasonAT Dec 17, 2014

THE BEST Crime Thriller Book ever written.

Nov 23, 2014

“The Silence of the Lambs” follows Clarice Starling, a student at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Starling’s mentor, a man named Chilton, assigns her to work on a case involving Buffalo Bill, an active serial killer who skins his victims. As she tries to solve the case, Starling receives unexpected aid from Hannibal (the Cannibal) Lecter, who has been locked in an asylum after the events of “Red Dragon”, the first novel in the ‘Hannibal’ series. As the novel progresses, Buffalo Bill kidnaps a new victim, and with the victim’s clock ticking downwards, Starling rushes to solve the case, just as Hannibal makes a daring escape from the asylum he was held at.

This novel is the second in Thomas Harris’s ‘Hannibal’ Series. It was made into a feature film in 1991. Overall, “The Silence of the Lambs” is a thrilling read. The characters are unique and likeable (with the exception of the serial killers, of course), and readers will find that their hearts go out to Clarice Starling. The settings are believable, and the plot is well-thought out and interesting. “The Silence of the Lambs” is a suspenseful horror novel that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

The author of this review believes “The Silence of the Lambs” to be suitable for ages fourteen and up, due to mature content (it is a very gruesome novel). The author of this review also highly recommends this novel, as it can be used as both an ‘essay novel’ and as a pleasure read. “The Silence of the Lambs” has a lot of symbolism in it, making it a suitable book for those who need to write an essay or ‘book talk’.

Nov 14, 2013

This book isn't bad, but the movie is definitely better! The book is not as creepy as the movie and the characters are not as fleshed out as I expected them to be, especially Hannibal Lecter.


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Mar 08, 2016

The quote from Dec 10, 2015 is from the film, not the book.
The quote from the book goes "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a big Amarone."
Liver is an oily meat and would not pair well with a chianti. Lecter would have known this. The film dumbed it down.

Dec 24, 2008

A census taker tried to test me once, so I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.-- Hanibal Lecter

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Jul 29, 2018

Ains_Wolf6 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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Jun 30, 2008

Violence: Contains some killing scenes and disturbing description of corpses.


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