How can a cannibalistic sociopath become such a mesmeric character? The answer is quite simple.
Thomas Harris is a master storyteller.
If you applauded Hannibal's tracking down of his one-time tormentor, Dr Chiltern then this episode of his life is for you.
You will cheer him on page after page.
The plot of this novel was alluded to in 'Hannibal', but that does not detract from this latest episode. Indeed, Harris has a consumate skill in placing questions in each of the Lecter stories which always leave you wanting more. Thankfully he has left room for at least another two 'Hannibals'. The only pity is that he makes us wait so long for each instalment.
This is visceral entertainment of the highest quality and superbly read by the author himself.