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Thomas Harris - American Author of Crime Novels

Updated on January 23, 2013

"Nothing makes us more vulnerable than loneliness, except greed." -Thomas Harris

Thomas Harris is an American author of crime novels, most notably The Silence of the Lambs, which was made into a film of the same title starring Jodie Foster as trainee FBI agent Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins in an Oscar-winning portrayal of serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

As of 2007, he has published four novels featuring Hannibal Lecter and one other.

All of his novels have been adapted into films, with five films being based on his Hannibal books.

Three Reasons Why I love Thomas Harris

  • He's an exceptional storyteller of the unconventional world of crime and mystery.
  • He writes in a precise and bright manner that "you wouldn't think that such a day would tremble to begin"...
  • He's stories are totally pulse rating and it opens a scare hell out of you.

Taglines from the Movie "The Silence of the Lambs"

  • Prepare yourself for the most exciting, mesmerizing and terrifying two hours of your life!
  • May the Silence Be Broken
  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Brilliant. Cunning. Psychotic. In his mind lies the clue to a ruthless killer. - Clarice Starling, FBI. Brilliant. Vulnerable. Alone. She must trust him to stop the killer.

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The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter)
The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter)

The Silence of the Lambs is in a way much better than watching the actual movie. Mostly the story takes the reader through the uncanny world of criminal investigation and the thrilling elements of horror, driving suspense and compelling characters.

Red Dragon
Red Dragon

This is the second book in the Lecter Saga. It basically focus on the characters of Will Graham and Francis Dolarhyde.

Hannibal: A Novel
Hannibal: A Novel

It is the third part series of this iconic psychopathic character Hannibal Lecter.

Hannibal Rising
Hannibal Rising

HE IS ONE OF THE MOST HAUNTING CHARACTERSIN ALL OF LITERATURE.AT LAST THE EVOLUTION OF HIS EVILIS REVEALED.Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him.Hannibal’s uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle’s beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.Lady Murasaki helps Hannibal to heal. With her help he flourishes, becoming the youngest person ever admitted to medical school in France.But Hannibal’s demons visit him and torment him. When he is old enough, he visits them in turn.He discovers he has gifts beyond the academic, and in that epiphany, Hannibal Lecter becomes death’s prodigy.From the Hardcover edition.


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      irenemaria 9 years ago from Sweden

      I agree that Thomas Harris is a very good writer! Thank you for a nice lens. 5 starts from me!

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      TheBookGarden1 9 years ago

      How about a short synopsis to each of his books? Perhaps utilizing the amazon spotlight module?

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      bittersweetlife07 9 years ago

      Keep up the good work!