Readers Gobble Up 'Hannibal'

Readers champed at the bit to get their hands on the latest tale of Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter. Buyers on Tuesday ate up copies of “Hannibal,” the new novel by Thomas Harris that marks the return of the murderous doctor and FBI agent Clarice Starling — the principal characters from Harris’s 1988 novel (and 1991 Oscar-winning movie) “The Silence of the Lambs.” “It is doing the proverbial ‘flying off the shelves,'” said Joe Bailey, merchandising manager of the Borders Books & Music at the World Trade Center. Between its 7 a.m. opening and 3 p.m., the store had sold more than 250 copies of “Hannibal.”

  • Other stores reported similar sales, and Internet retailer listed the book as its No. 1 bestseller Tuesday.
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