Science, the FBI section that deals with serial murder, is on
the bottom floor of the academy building at Quantico, half buried
in the earth.
are the opening words to the novel Silence of the Lambs
by author Thomas Harris; these few words hooked me immediately
and pulled me down into the world of Dr. Hannibal Lecter and didnt
let me go until I finished the book some seven hours later. To
this day The Silence of the Lambs remains the only book
that I have ever read from front to back in one session.
was able to, quite literally, draw me into the world of not only
Dr. Lecter, but also of agent Clarice Starling and of the fiendish
Jame Gumb and the intricate game of quid pro quo that
goes on between them. The book is just so superbly crafted and
paced that you just flow through the pages wanting more and waiting
to see what happens next, which makes it so hard to put down for
any length of time, I think because youre afraid to miss
what might happen if you dont read the next page.
all know the story of Dr. Lecter now, thanks to the great film
by Jonathan Demme in 1991, but I received this book from my uncle,
who was a policeman in Baltimore, during a Christmas visit in
1990. He said I think, youll like this, its
pretty dark, but really smart, plus it takes place where I work.
That night I learned how quickly he was right as I spent December
22nd alone with the book.
film follows the book nearly page for page, but it just seemed
so much better when I read it as compared to when I saw it. While
reading the book I felt that I was eavesdropping on Clarice and
Hannibal as they had their little talks and when Clarice entered
the dark basement of Buffalo Bill, I was as blind as she was.
Silence of the Lambs is just a tremendous book and should
be read by any fan of Hannibal Lecters legacy of evil, so