Written by Thomas Harris

2006 BOMB 368 pages

From what I've gathered, it seems as though Thomas Harris was kind of forced into writing this book and the screenplay for the film version. Dino de Laurentiis, the producer of most of the Hannibal Lecter-related films, said he was going to make a prequel with or without Harris's help. So, Harris rushed out this poorly written book that tells a nonsensical story about a young Hannibal Lecter's childhood and teenage years. Harris leaves too many gaps throughout the book, expecting the reader to figure out what happens. The problem is, it's hard to do that because the book is so brisk and little to no descriptive elaborations are present. What happened to the Thomas Harris of Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal? What happened to Hannibal Lecter? Nothing about this story feels right; it's damn near impossible to see how this Hannibal turns into the Hannibal Lecter of the previous three books. It's a slapdash book that should be cast into the fires of Hell, never to be thought of again.