Born in Jackson, TN and moved to Rich, MS as a young boy, Thomas Harris is Southern born and bred. Biographies place one of his homes in Rich, MS, (millionaires tend to have more than one home, right?) but my friends tell me he really lives in Dundee, MS; one county west of me. If I was to drop in, would he pour the iced tea or call the police to report a stalker? ;D
Mr. Harris wrote two of the most memorable suspense characters in modern history: Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling. In How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster, a whole chapter is dedicated to character names and their hidden meaning. Lecter sounds a lot like leech or lecher and starlings are scrappy little birds. What do you think?
Red Dragon (1981)
The Silence of the Lambs (1988)
Hannibal Rising (2006)