“Fear comes with imagination, it’s a penalty, it’s the price of imagination": First Edition of Thomas Harris' Red Dragon; Signed by Him

  • Red Dragon.

Red Dragon.

Item Number: 43051

New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1981.

First edition of Harris’ second novel. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Thomas Harris on the title page. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Lynn Hollyn. Jacket illustration by Ron Walotsky.

Red Dragon is Thomas Harris's second novel, after Black Sunday. As part of his research for the book he attended classes and talked to agents at the FBI Behavioral Science Unit in Quantico, Virginia, during the late 1970s. He learned about serial killers, offender profiling and the role of the FBI in serial killer investigations. It was the basis for the 1986 film, Manhunter, starring William Petersen, Tom Noonan, Dennis Farina and Brian Cox and the 2002 film, Red Dragon, starring Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Ralph Fiennes and Anthony Hopkins.