Title: Red Dragon
Author: Thomas Harris
Published: 1981 Pages: 343
Rating: Eh 2.5/5
Red Dragon in Short: After two families are brutally murdered a month apart by a psychopath nicknamed The Tooth Fairy, Will Graham is called in to help the FBI solve the crime. Graham finds himself on shaky ground as he is still recovering from the injuries (mental and physical) from his famed capture of Hannibal Lecter.
Honestly I’m sorry to tell you I don’t have much to say about this book. The moments with Hannibal Lecter were mild and the real story was The Tooth Fairy/Red Dragon/ Francis Dolarhyde. This guy is the stuff of nightmares and there were several tense moments that had my pulse racing. The writing wasn’t anything spectacular–and in fact there were several times when I struggled following conversations and action scenes. I also felt like there was an entire backstory that I should have known but didn’t (mostly what had happened between Graham and Lecter before the beginning of this book). Um so ya. :)
Ok so the original battle was suppose to be between Hannibal Lecter and Patrick Bateman. We learn from Red Dragon that Hannibal (the Cannibal) is one pretty creepy dude who is smarter than your mom and probably tried to eat your dad. However, I think that Bateman has a lead in the psycho department. BUT!! I’m going to pull Lecter from the fight and put in Dolarhyde. This guy makes Bateman look like a sissy! Just imagine a killer who has special teeth made so that he can bite his victims to death? I won’t mention some of the other details in the book, but trust me–what this guy did is pretty horrific.
Might be a bit of a sucker punch, but I’m calling Red Dragon winner of this year’s Dueling Monsters and Dolarhyde the surprise victor.
Have you read Red Dragon? Are you participating with us this year for Dueling Monsters?