Thomas Harris

Thomas Harris is an American author and screenwriter, best known for a series of suspense novels about his most famous character, Hannibal Lecter. All of his works have been made into films, the most notable being the multi-Oscar winning The Silence of the Lambs, which became only the third film in Academy Award history to sweep the Oscars in major categories.
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Invite Hannibal Lecter into the palace of your mind and be invited into his mind palace in turn.  Note the similarities in yours and his, the high vaulted chambers of your dreams, the shadowed halls, the locked storerooms where you dare not go, the scrap of half-forgotten music, the muffled cries from behind a wall.

In one of the most eagerly anticipated literary events of the decade, Thomas Harris takes us once again into the mind of a killer, crafting a chilling portrait of insidiously evolving evil--a tour de force of psychological suspense.  

Seven years have passed since Dr. Hannibal Lecter escaped from custody, seven years since FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling interviewed him in a maximum security hospital for the criminally insane.  The doctor is still at large, pursuing his own ineffable interests, savoring the scents, the essences of an unguarded world.  But Starling has never forgotten her encounters with Dr. Lecter, and the metallic rasp of his seldom-used voice still sounds in her dreams.  

Mason Verger remembers Dr. Lecter, too, and is obsessed with revenge.  He was Dr. Lecter's sixth victim, and he has survived to rule his own butcher's empire.  From his respirator, Verger monitors every twitch in his worldwide web.  Soon he sees that to draw the doctor, he must have the most exquisite and innocent-appearing bait; he must have what Dr. Lecter likes best.  

Powerful, hypnotic, utterly original, Hannibal is a dazzling feast for the imagination.  Prepare to travel to hell and beyond as a master storyteller permanently alters the world you thought you knew.
Thomas Harris
BOOK I

CLEARANCE

Robert Hilliard, a fifteen year old boy, living with his American Father in Sumatra, found himself orphaned by the Japanese. With the help of a British pilot, some Australians on New Guinea and a cattle station family in Australia, he found his way to the States where he lived with an uncle.

He joined the Navy at the end of the war, and was called to duty for the Korean conflict. He chose to serve in the Air Force and found himself on a special assignment that took him to Viet Nam, during the French occupation.

Hilliard fell from a plane over northern Vietnam and was captured by the Vietminh. This book is about his special assignment and escape from capture.

BOOK II

FAIR AND JUST REWARD

Hilliard completes his military commitment and joins Fitzharris and other colleagues in Industrial Enterprises, a private security firm.

At Industrial Enterprises the entire staff of investigators are involved in an assignment for the US Attorney General.

An anonymous caller has contacted the Attorney General with information about a

Fraternity of lawyers, and politicians, two, at high positions in congress. The Fraternity has violent criminals who fall through the court system assassinated.

A preliminary investigation by the Attorney General comes to focus on a large law firm, Prager, Bartholomew and Howell, in San Francisco.                                                              

Hilliard meets Ann Carter, Director of Administration at the law firm, who turns out to be marked for assassination by the Fraternity in their rush to go more deeply underground during the Attorney General's investigation. She is helpful to Industrial Enterprises in their mission.

One by one the leadership of the Fraternity is tracked down and it is effectively closed.

A love relationship develops between Hilliard and Ann Carter during their last days together but due to their diverse interests, she decides to remain in San Francisco and Hilliard continues his work with Industrial Enterprises.

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