Hannibal Lecter books in order

Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter books in order

The infamous Hannibal Lecter is a forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer who is one of the most surprising, terrifying and chilling characters ever imagined.

Created by Thomas Harris in the 1980s, Hannibal Lecter has been adapted to television and film and is known the world over, but there’s nothing better than getting lost in the original stories.

Disturbing, dangerous and curiously delectable to thriller fans. A one-of-a-kind series that’s a true crime classic!

Thomas Harris’s Hannibal Lecter books in order:

Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter books in orderRed Dragon

Will Graham was a brilliant profiler of criminals for the FBI – until he suffered terrible injuries in the process of capturing Dr Hannibal ‘the Cannibal’ Lecter.

Years later, a serial killer nicknamed ‘the Tooth Fairy’ is massacring entire families each full moon. With the FBI desperate for progress, Will reluctantly agrees to consult. But he soon realises that he alone can’t crack the case; he needs the help of the only mind even better than his own at understanding the mentalities of psychopaths.

The mind of Hannibal Lecter.

But Hannibal is playing his own twisted game from the asylum for the criminally insane. Will isn’t alone in getting advice from the cannibal. So is the Tooth Fairy – the man haunted by visions of the murderous Red Dragon…

Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter books in orderThe Silence of the Lambs

FBI trainee Clarice Starling has an elusive serial killer to hunt. Only one man can help. Psychopathic cannibal Hannibal Lecter…

The serial killer nicknamed ‘Buffalo Bill’ has been capturing and starving women, then murdering and skinning them. FBI rookie Clarice Starling is assigned to solicit help from imprisoned psychopath Dr Hannibal ‘the Cannibal’ Lecter, whose insight into the depraved minds of serial killers is second to none.

But in exchange for inviting her into the darkest chambers of his mind, Hannibal begins to probe at hers, demanding knowledge of her childhood demons as the price of understanding Buffalo Bill’s.

Clarice knows how dangerous this man is, and the terrible things he can do with this information. But women are still disappearing, and time is running out…

Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter books in orderHannibal

Hannibal Lecter has been on the run for seven years. And seven years after he helped FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling bring down Buffalo Bill, her career is collapsing after a disastrous drug bust.

Meanwhile, seven years after violently escaping from custody, Hannibal Lecter is hunted by Mason Verger, a psychopathic former client obsessed with feeding him to wild boars.

With the one-time partners at a low ebb, Hannibal is the one to reach out to Clarice, who has been plagued by dreams of his rasping voice.

It has been seven years since they both came to realise they shared more than they expected. Seven years since their last meeting. Seven years to lay plans for the next one…

Thomas Harris's Hannibal Lecter books in orderHannibal Rising

Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front of World War II, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He will not speak of what happened to him and his family. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him.

Hannibal’s uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France. There, Hannibal lives with his uncle and his uncle’s beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki, who helps him to heal – and flourish.

But Hannibal’s demons are not so easily defeated. Throughout his young life, they visit him and torment him. When he is old enough, he visits them in turn – and in the fog of traumatic memory, he discovers that he has gifts far beyond what he imagined…

There you have it – Thomas Harris’s Hannibal Lecter books in order! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…

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