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  “A STUNNER … writing in language as bright and precise as a surgeon’s scalpel, Harris has created a world as mysterious as Hannibal’s memory palace and as disturbing as a Goya painting. This is one book you don’t want to read alone at night.”

  —THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

  “RELENTLESS … ENDLESSLY TERRIFYING … 486 fast-paced pages, in which every respite is but a prelude to further furious action … Hannibal begins with a murderous paroxysm that leaves the reader breathless…. Hannibal speaks to the imagination, to the feelings, to the passions, to exalted senses and to debased ones. Harris’s voice will be heard for a while.”

  —LOS ANGELES TIMES

  HANNIBAL

  THOMAS HARRIS

  “A WORK OF ART … You’ll eat up Hannibal…. There isn’t a wasted word … the last 100 pages are the best I’ve ever read in the thriller genre.”

  —Larry King, USA TODAY

  “The readers who have been waiting for Hannibal only want to know if it is as good as Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs. … It is a pleasure to reply in the negative. No, not as good. This one is better. It is, in fact, ONE OF THE TWO MOST FRIGHTENING POPULAR NOVELS OF OUR TIME, the other being The Exorcist…. Hannibal is really not a sequel at all, but rather the third and most satisfying part of one very long and scary ride through the haunted palace of abnormal psychiatry… Hannibal is a full-out unabashed horror novel…. I hope with all my heart that [Harris] will write again, and sooner rather than later—novels that bravely and cleverly erase the line between popular fiction and literature are very much to be prized.”

  —Stephen King, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

  “DELICIOUSLY FRIGHTENING.”

  —NEWSDAY

  “A TRULY SCARY BOOK … Harris writes with authority and a knack for detail, creating some memorably creepy scenes.”

  —PEOPLE

  “GOTHIC, FANTASTIC … FULL OF WONDERFUL TOUCHES.”

  —INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE

  “A TRIUMPH of straightforward, smart prose. Not a word is wasted, not a thought is irrelevant. Harris is a master, and in Hannibal he reached, he stretched, and once again, he grabbed the prize.”

  —DAYTON DAILY NEWS

  “A pleasurable sense of dread.”

  —THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

  “CHILLING … HANNIBAL IS SCARY, SOMETIMES UNENDURINGLY SO … you hardly mark the moment when an entertaining novel becomes literature … a bizarre book, indeed, but enthrallingly so.”

  —DAILY NEWS (New York)

  “A magnificently gory page-turner.”

  —DETROIT NEWS

  “The book takes off … into the stratosphere of fantasy, into Hannibal Lecter’s private world… A GRAND GUIGNOL ROMP … Yet there’s still a basso ostinato of serious questions, and the answers are darker than in Silence.”

  —THE NATION

  “ALWAYS MESMERIZING … BRILLIANT, BIZARRE, AND ABSURD … This is a post-suspense novel, as much sardonic philosophical jest as Grand Guignol thriller…. Although renowned for his mastery of suspense, terror and dread, Harris saturates these pages with a surprising elixir: a fierce irony.”

  —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

  “GRIPPING … A PAGE-TURNING MARVEL … AN INGENIOUS PLOT … Harris writes wonderfully here, with elegant poetic rhythms and much striking imagery.”

  —MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

  “DIABOLICALLY CLEVER … Harris serves up a feast in Hannibal…. He writes like an angel with the devil’s sense of humor…. The hypnotic blend of horror story and psychological thriller lifts crime fiction to sublime…. Hannibal is ghoulishly good fare.”

  —BOSTON HERALD

  “A PAGE-TURNER … Harris works some surprising twists … [he] paces the action well.”

  —HOUSTON CHRONICLE

  “A delightfully perverse book … Harris is still one of America’s best, most daring pop writers.”

  —TIME OUT NEW YORK

  “[A] DEVILISH TALE … EERILY REALISTIC AND CHILLINGLY VIVID FROM BEGINNING TO END. As Harris sketches his hideous scenarios, he allows us to color them in with our imaginations. But not overdoing it, he draws us in, practically making us conspirators in his macabre fantasy.”

  —NEW YORK POST

  “ENORMOUSLY SATISFYING … a smashing good time, turning the pages for thrills, chills, horror and finally, a bracing, deliciously wicked slap in the face … perhaps the very best the thriller/horror genre is capable of producing.”

  —SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

  “VERY ENTERTAINING.”

  —NEWSWEEK

  “It was worth waiting 11 years … Vivid details and crisp dialogue … Brilliantly intertwined and absolutely, unbelievably violent. It’s horrifying and breathtaking and so beautifully written that you’ll be tempted to read it in one sitting…. Harris has succeeded on every level with Hannibal…. We’re very much a part of the action, from first page until the last breathtaking chapter. The conclusion is one of the most startling I have ever read; it will knock your socks off.”

  —THE KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL

  “[A] PAGE-TURNER … I have read every word of Hannibal, most of them only twice, but some as many as five or six times.”

  —NEW YORK

  Also by Thomas Harris

  BLACK SUNDAY

  RED DRAGON

  THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

  Contents

  Cover

  Other Books By This Author

  Title Page

  Part I - Washington, D.C.

  Chapter 1

  Chapter 2

  Chapter 3

  Chapter 4

  Chapter 5

  Chapter 6

  Chapter 7

  Chapter 8

  Chapter 9

  Chapter 10

  Chapter 11

  Chapter 12

  Chapter 13

  Chapter 14

  Chapter 15

  Chapter 16

  Part II - Florence

  Chapter 17

  Chapter 18

  Chapter 19

  Chapter 20

  Chapter 21

  Chapter 22

  Chapter 23

  Chapter 24

  Chapter 25

  Chapter 26

  Chapter 27

  Chapter 28

  Chapter 29

  Chapter 30

  Chapter 31

  Chapter 32

  Chapter 33

  Chapter 34

  Chapter 35

  Chapter 36

  Chapter 37

  Chapter 38

  Chapter 39

  Chapter 40

  Part III - To the New World

  Chapter 41

  Chapter 42

  Chapter 43

  Chapter 44

  Chapter 45

  Chapter 46

  Chapter 47

  Chapter 48

  Chapter 49

  Chapter 50

  Chapter 51

  Chapter 52

  Chapter 53

  Chapter 54

  Chapter 55

  Chapter 56

  Chapter 57

  Chapter 58

  Chapter 59

  Chapter 60

  Chapter 61

  Chapter 62

  Chapter 63

  Chapter 64

  Chapter 65

  Chapter 66

  Chapter 67

  Chapter 68

  Part IV - Notable Occasions on the Calendar of Dread

  Chapter 69

  Chapter 70

  Chapter 71

  Chapter 72

  Chapter 73

  Chapter 74

  Chapter 75

  Chapter 76

  Part V - A Pound of Flesh

  Chapter 77

  Chapter 78