"A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nick name--Buffalo Bill--is stalking particular women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the bureau's behavioral science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist and grisly killer now kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Lecter's insight into the minds of murderers could help track and capture Buffalo Bill"--Page  of cover.
Government investigators -- United States -- Fiction.
Lecter, Hannibal (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Serial murderers -- Fiction.
Serial murders -- United States -- Fiction.