Hannibal and Harris lose their way

{ "b" : "Hannibal Rising," , "cite" : "by Thomas Harris, Heinemann, €22."}

13th January, 2007

{ "b" : "Hannibal Rising," , "cite" : "by Thomas Harris, Heinemann, €22."}

All literary franchises jump the shark at a certain stage; sometimes immediately, sometimes belatedly. It’s taken Thomas Harris four novels to reach that point with the Hannibal Lecter series. His latest instalment is a patchy, vaguely unconvincing affair that tries to reinvent Lecter - specifically the youthful Lecter - as a sort of avenging-angel version of Dracula.

Hannibal Rising is best described as Lecter...

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