ISBN 9780099532927,Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs


Thomas Harris


Random House



Random House

Publication Year 2009

ISBN 9780099532927

ISBN-10 0099532921


Number of Pages 432 Pages
Language (English)

Thriller / suspense

The book, Silence Of The Lambs revolves around the adventures of Clarice Starling, as she begins to unravel the mystery behind the serial killer ‘Buffalo Bill’, with the assistance of Hannibal Lecter, who is a cannibalistic sociopath and forensic psychiatrist.
Jack Crawford, who is in-charge of the FBI division, requests Clarice to go about the investigation. The main objective of Crawford was to extract key information from Lecter, pertaining to Buffalo Bill. Buffalo Bill’s area of crime lied in capturing obese women and murdering them, after keeping them in a starved state for a couple of days. He used to also skin them, and get rid of their bodies by throwing them into a nearby river.
From time to time, Crawford visited Lecter in order to extract information to carry forward the case. Following that, Crawford and Starling get info about the 6th target of Bill, upon who they carried out an autopsy to determine the reason for her death. Followed by a series of events that were aimed at investigating this occurrence, they became aware of another kidnapping case, where the daughter of the Senator of Tennessee was captured. Crawford believed that there was only a few days left before she would be murdered. This probes him to make a deal with Lecter, that he would be released from the asylum if he gave certain key information pertaining to Buffalo Bill. What happens next, forms the climax of the book. Does Starling succeed in capturing Buffalo Bill? Who is he? Does Lecter know him?
This book has been adapted into a movie, holding the same name, and has won the Oscar’s a number of times. The movie was released on the 14th of February 1991, and was directed by Jonathan Demme. It was also chosen to be included in the National Film Registry.