Lecter returns to his evil ways in new book

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Dr. Hannibal Lecter, the flesh-eating villain of Thomas Harris' 1988 novel, "The Silence of the Lambs," will continue his adventures in a sequel, "Hannibal," delivered unexpectedly last week by Harris to his publisher, Delacorte Press.

The novel is being rushed into print with unusual speed, said Harris' editor, Carole Baron, who is president and publisher of Dell Publishing. (Delacorte Press is Dell's hardcover imprint.) Baron said the book, which took Harris 10 years to write, would go on sale on June 8.

She said the manuscript was about 600 pages long and would be about 480 pages in print. "Although I had been discussing it with Tom for the past few years," she said, "I resisted asking when he was going to finish it."

Baron said Harris had called her abruptly last week and said, "Are you busy?" and then delivered the book.

This is the third of Harris' books to feature the character of Lecter, who also appeared in "Red Dragon," published in 1981.

Pub Date: 3/31/99

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