Written by Thomas Harris

1981 ****1/2 455 pages

In my opinion, Red Dragon is the best Hannibal Lecter-related story. I've always felt this is the best written, best constructed story in the series. Red Dragon is a revolutionary crime story about a serial killer who stalks families before killing them all. Although he is dubbed the "Tooth Fairy" by the media, he prefers to be called the "Red Dragon." On his trail is a retired FBI Investigator named Will Graham, a brilliantly constructed character with a mind unlike any other investigator. To help him get into the criminal mind, he consults Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, who nearly killed Graham after being caught. It's a fantastic page-turner that you won't want to put down.