Although I can relate to Francis Dolarhyde, and can certainly see where Hannibal Lecter is coming from, I’m going to put in a vote for Michael Lander and Dalia from “Black Sunday”.
It was interesting how Harris had Lander growing up so dysfunctinally, yet completely functional on the surface. Like the Red Dragon, he had a combination of bad experiences that made him go over the edge. Yet he was able to maintain his expertise in piloting, engineering, and plotting.
Is Thomas Harris a pilot? I’ve noticed that in each of his books there are several less-than-casual references to flying. Like a little more information than one might include unless one were quite familiar.
In Black Sunday he described the blimp flying in detail, and also described a perfect crosswind landing in a Cessna. In Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal, he talked about the flaps going down on airplanes, types of planes people flew around in, and going into towered vs. non-towered airports.
Anybody got info on this?