Why did I love this book?
A young woman in training at the FBI's behavioral sciences unit is assigned to interview a brilliant forensic scientist at a high-security mental asylum. Dr. Hannibal Lecter agrees to help by using facts she tells him about the case to help construct a psychological profile of a vicious serial killer now on the loose.
However, his condition for doing this is her agreement to tell him about her unhappy childhood. Dr. Lecter is skillful at understanding the hidden motivations and vulnerabilities of the killer, and also of Clarice. There is a complication, though: he himself is an incarcerated cannibalistic serial killer.
I admire this novel because it is so well-written and exciting. At this same time, I hope Dr. Lecter is seen as so uniquely abnormal that he bears no possible similarity to other psychiatrists, a group sometimes disparagingly stereotyped as being disturbed individuals themselves.