Red Dragon by Thomas Harris
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  • Dolarhyde faked a fatal accident, leading the FBI and Graham to believe that he was dead

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      Red Dragon was written by Thomas Harris (published by Dell Publishing 1990)

      Will Graham had resigned from FBI, since he has incarcerated Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant serial killer. The FBI, stumped with the latest psychopathic case, had requested for Graham’s help. The killer, Dolarhyde, had viciously murdered two families; he was known as the Tooth Fairy, as he had left bites on his victims’ bodies.

      The FBI felt that Graham, with his insightful mind and deep understanding of psychopathic behavior, could hunt


      down this monster. Graham, at first reluctant, soon threw himself into the case. Dolarhyde was born with a deformed lip and had been abandoned by his mother. His grandmother took care of him; she had been a major contributor to the demons in his mind. Dolarhyde soon began to lose touch with reality and started hearing the voice of the Red Dragon, his alter ego, who was slowly overpowering him.

      Dolarhyde faked a fatal accident, leading the FBI ...


      • and Graham to believe that he was dead. He then tracked Graham and his family, catching them offguard; thus injuring Graham badly before being was shot to death by Graham’s wife.

        This is a fascinating story I was first discouraged by the thickness of the book; however once started, I could not put it down, not even to sleep. It had a high degree of suspense and the terror was more gripping than the usual ghosts and supernatural stories.

        Graham

        came across as a brilliant yet weird character, able to think like the killers, understanding their twisted minds and behavior patterns. His values of decency and conscience prevented him from giving in to the darker impulses of a demented man. I felt intense pity for him - it must have been hell, living such a tortured life between manic brilliance and maintaining his sanity.

        Thomas Harris wrote very intense, brutal stories; this is definitely a story that I won’t forget easily.




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