My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - in and out over 1 week
Pages - 564
Publisher - Arrow
Source - Bought
Blurb from Goodreads
Years after his escape, posing as scholarly Dr. Fell, curator of a grand family's palazzo, Hannibal lives the good life in Florence, playing lovely tunes by serial killer/composer Henry VIII and killing hardly anyone himself. Clarice is unluckier: in the novel's action-film-like opening scene, she survives an FBI shootout gone wrong, and her nemesis, Paul Krendler, makes her the fall guy. Clarice is suspended, so, unfortunately, the first cop who stumbles on Hannibal is an Italian named Pazzi, who takes after his ancestors, greedy betrayers depicted in Dante's Inferno. Pazzi is on the take from a character as scary as Hannibal: Mason Verger. When Verger was a young man busted for raping children, his vast wealth saved him from jail. All he needed was psychotherapy--with Dr. Lecter. Thanks to the treatment, Verger is now on a respirator, paralyzed except for one crablike hand, watching his enormous, brutal moray eel swim figure eights and devour fish. His obsession is to feed Lecter to some other brutal pets.
Hannibal is still loose, Starling is struggling in her career after a high profile shooting and someone higher up has it out for her. Many people are after Lecter, none more so than Mason Verger one of Hannibal's only surviving victims. Verger has money and despite his disabilities at the hands of Lecter he has fury, evil and money at his disposal and will stop at nothing to make Lecter pay.
We flip between Hannibal's current situation, Verger's plotting, Starling's uphill battle with her career and the shady male colleagues who are happy to step on her. Starling wants to recapture Lecter and as per goes above and beyond to do what needs done, to her own detriment.
If you are a fan of the series you will enjoy it, I think this one is pretty gruesome and some real shady dirtbag deviant characters. Some parts I felt I needed to wash my eyeballs out after reading *shudders* - not as good as the previous two but give me a story with Hannibal Lecter and I am going to read it, 3.5/5 for me this time.