Few novels in recent memory have been as eagerly anticipated as Thomas Harris’ Hannibal. Much of this anticipation centered around the title character, one of the most vividly drawn psychiatrists in all of fiction. Dr. Hannibal Lecter made his first appearance in Harris’ 1981 novel, Red Dragon (1). Lecter appears only briefly, but the monstrous description is indelibly etched in the reader’s memory. We are told that while biting off a nurse’s tongue during an EKG, his pulse rate was stable. We also learn that he is known as "Hannibal the Cannibal" because of his habit of eating his patients (a boundary violation not specifically proscribed by the Code of Ethics of the American Medical Association With Annotations for Psychiatrists). In Harris’ 1988 book Silence of the Lambs(2), Lecter emerges as a major character who assists FBI agent Clarice Starling in the capture of a serial killer nicknamed Buffalo Bill. Much of the dramatic tension revolves around Starling’s visits to the dungeon where Lecter is held prisoner. In exchange for information about her personal life, Starling receives tips from Lecter about the criminal she is hunting. Hannibal demonstrates extraordinary clinical acumen, which apparently coexists with psychopathy of satanic proportions. At the end of the novel, Hannibal has escaped and is at large. The novel was turned into an Oscar-winning motion picture in 1991, and Hollywood moguls have been salivating for the sequel ever since.