New Novel from Thomas Harris Announced, His First Since Hannibal Lecter Series - PasteReimagining the origin myth is a fine way to revive an ailing franchise, as Batman Begins and Casino Royale have shown. Perhaps oppressed by imagery of a teeth-sucking Anthony Hopkins in Ridley Scott's squelchily horrible film of Hannibal - how do you top that climactic meal? Hannibal Rising promises to explain how a human being became Dr Lecter. There is danger here, as there is not in the case of superheroes and iconic spies, for if a character such as Lecter is explained as himself a victim of some original trauma, he is no longer fascinating as an avatar of absolute evil. If you have to explain a villain, it is perhaps best to do it on the hoof, in evocative flashback, as with Keyser Soze's origin story in The Usual Suspects.
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So the new novel, Cari Mora , is likely to attract all the wrong kinds of interest, with Hannibal fans looking for a new monster to love and bookmakers wondering not if but how badly Harris is off his game. Cari Mora is an entirely Hannibal Lecter-free novel; what better occasion for the literary world to take some revenge for having been held in thrall to the character for two decades by calling that thrall a fluke? She tends the plants, the pool, the collection of Hollywood curios, and the cockatoo, content to work many jobs and keep a low profile, always wary of her immigration status in a newly xenophobic country. She knows guns, explosives, and violence with an intimacy that spans her entire adult life, which makes her all the more fervently yearn for peace and quiet. And you can walk around barefoot and the floor feels good. At the far end of the black cave, barely lit by the flash, the bottom shelved up into a beach.
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For years I have helplessly battled the problem that caused me to misbehave. I intend to seek treatment for it immediately. Now for the second-least-welcome thoughts about Lecter. And these, unlike the above, actually were written by Mr. Plot points: Hannibal suffered a terrible trauma in childhood. Bad, bad men cooked and ate his baby sister.
Grand Central Publishing just announced that Cari Mora , the first novel in 13 years by Thomas Harris, will be published May 21, just in time for summer reading lists. Harris' best-known novel is The Silence of the Lambs , published in and made into a classic film, renowned for Anthony Hopkins' nightmare-inducing performance as the brilliant serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Harris' most recent book was Hannibal Rising , in Harris, 78, who lives in South Florida, has a gift for writing novels that are irresistibly terrifying — I'm still not over Red Dragon. Ruthless men have tracked it for years.