Hannibal Book 4: Hannibal Rising

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The Hannibal Rising is the fourth and last Hannibal series written by Thomas Harris.

The book was published in 2007. It is a prequel of all the three books featuring the main antagonist, Hannibal Lecter. It provides the base and depth of Hannibal’s childhood that actually facilitated his current personality.

Book Details

The Hannibal Rising is available on Amazon in both hardback and paperback print formats.

It is 384 pages long.

It was published by Dell in 2007.

The book has dimensions of 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches and weighs 8.5 ounces.

It is a mixture of mystery, crime and thriller.


During the World War II, the Lecter family abandons their home and escapes to their lodge in a bid to elude the approaching German troops. Three years later, the lodge is bombed and the only survivors are Hannibal and his sister, Mischa.

Hannibal is taken by his uncle from the orphanage, which was initially their home, and goes to live with him and his aunt, Lady Murasaki. Lady Murasaki helps him overcome the trauma of losing his entire family. He goes to school and studies medicine, hence obtaining his intellectual skills in psychiatry.

Lecter had a first killing when he murdered a butcher who had made fun of his aunt.

This book is a must have if you have read all the other series. It gives a reader the sole reason why Dr. Hannibal is a serial killer, cannibalistic and at the same time an intelligent psychiatrist. However, the book is devoid of suspense, and if one won’t be able to overlook that, they may not be able to read to the end.

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About the Author

Thomas Harris is an American writer born on 11th April, 1940. He is known for writing modern literature and suspense series, one being the Hannibal series. He has also written the book, Black Sunday, which was his very first novel.

All of his works have been made into films, the most notable being the multi-Oscar winning The Silence of the Lambs, which became only the third film in Academy Award history to sweep the Oscars in major categories.