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Edward Hannibal
Dial Press; First Edition edition (1982)
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A Trace of Red" is the story of how one of them, an ex-MI officer, gets the chance to do exactly that

A Trace of Red" is the story of how one of them, an ex-MI officer, gets the chance to do exactly that. A narrative of substance and profound humanity, written in prose unobtrusively graceful. A Trace of Red) is, in every sense, an exceptionally fine novel.

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Hannibal (Liberty Square Station) is a tough, crisply unpretentious writer: each of the elements here (including Nick's ad-agency work) is sketched in with convincing detail. Unfortunately, however, Nick never becomes the sympathetic, full-fleshed central character that the plotting requires; nor is Galgay (despite a believable close-up of his frustrated ambition and crumbling marriage) a fully developed anti-hero. So: a readable yet only half-satisfying h a slow start, a fine middle, and an over-hectic end.

Red Dragon is Thomas Harris's second novel, after Black Sunday. Elements from the novel influenced the NBC TV adaptation Hannibal, which first aired in 2013

Red Dragon is Thomas Harris's second novel, after Black Sunday. Elements from the novel influenced the NBC TV adaptation Hannibal, which first aired in 2013. Graham is played by Hugh Dancy and Lecter is played by Mads Mikkelsen.

A TRACE OF RED By Edward Hannibal. 311 pp. New York: The Dial Press. Mr. Hannibal's own choice of color for his title comes from the book's nicely appropriate epigraph from the song ''Mack the Knife'' in Bertolt Brecht's ''Threepenny Opera'': Fancy gloves, though Wears Macheath, dear So there's not A trace of red Nick Burke, just entering middle age, a loner but not a lonely one, a successful Madison Avenue advertising man, had, during his tour of duty in Germany 20 years before, killed a young American soldier who suddenly and dangerously went berserk.

A Trace of Red - Edward Hannibal. A Trace of Red" is the story of how one of them, an ex-MI officer, gets the chance to do exactly that. A Trace of Red. Published: Jan-1982 (Hardcover) May-2013 (Paperback).

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Hannibal Lecter is a fictional character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris. He is a respected Baltimore forensic psychiatrist, as well as a cannibalistic serial killer. After he is caught and incarcerated for his crimes, he consults with the FBI to assist them in finding other serial killers. Lecter was introduced in the 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon. The novel and its sequel, The Silence of the Lambs, feature Lecter as one of the primary antagonists.

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  • I only recently learned that Edward Hannibal's fine novel about the Cold War, A TRACE OF RED, is back in print after thirty years. Probably many younger people today know little about that nearly fifty-year standoff between the USA and the USSR, two of the most powerful nations of the world. Espionage on both sides was a big part of those tense times, and Hannibal's novel gives you a good dose of how it all worked, with tunnels under Berlin, romantic and sexual intrigue (and entrapment), double agents and the stealing of military secrets. Protagonist Nick Urkbay (oops, I mean Burke), a former military intel officer (in the early sixties) is recruited nearly twenty years later by a former colleague to "eliminate" a double agent who, under the thumb of his Soviet handlers, has become gradually unhinged, representing a serious threat not only to national security but to nearly everyone around him. Burke, whose Madison Avenue advertising career is collapsing, and is romantically involved with beautiful model, Deborah Ormay (think that pig-Latin again here), must make a hard choice about whether to "accept the mission" (shades of "Mission Impossible"). What he will decide remains elusive right up to the end of this fast-moving story. The conclusion itself, unfortunatley, seemed just a little too Hollywood Technicolor kinda stuff. But maybe that was just me.

    The best part of A TRACE OF RED was the character, Nick Burke. The story is told through a mix of flashbacks to Nick's army days in Germany (early 60s) and present-day New York City (early 80s). Hannibal, who served in the army as an intelligence officer himself, paints an accurate and fascinating picture of the war games and office politics and striving that characterizes career-type military - i.e. "lifers" in the parlance of enlisted personnel. He lived it and he knows how it works. He also understands the very close camaraderie that develops between "army buddies" and illustrates it very effectively in the relationship between Burke and his best friend, Joel Kelsey. The two go through stateside training together and then are posted together to "Baker Barracks" in southern Germany, and take part in the war games in the Grafenwoehr training area.

    The book's title is a line from "Mack the Knife," a song popularized by Bobby Darin, and it forms a recurring motif throughout the novel, not only with its bloody intimations, but also in showing the importance that music played as a soundtrack to our lives back in those days. Darin's now classic LP, That's All, was perhaps one of the most perfect big band jazz albums of the sixties, with tracks bookended by the aforementioned edgy "Mack the Knife" and the dreamy "Beyond the Sea." I had that album myself, and, like Nick Burke, I played it damn near to death.

    Yeah, I really enjoyed reading A TRACE OF RED and am grateful that AuthorsGuild/iUniverse has reissued it in such a handsome paperback edition. For those who weren't there and don't remember it, open up the cover, put on some old 60s music, and welcome to the Cold War era. (Four and a half stars)

    And P.S. If you enjoy this book and haven't yet had the pleasure, be sure to pick up a copy of Hannibal's terrific 70s besteller, Chocolate Days, Popsicle Weeks, which is also back in print and most deservedly so. It hasn't lost a thing in the intervening 40-plus years. Still relevant, still an emotionally wrenching and beautiful read about what it was like to be young, in love, and reaching for that brass ring of success. I have RE-read it, reviewed it, and recommended it highly (five-plus stars).

    - Tim Bazzett, author of the Cold War memoir, SOLDIER BOY: AT PLAY IN THE ASA

  • This is the kind of book I love – literary but also a page turner. It hooked me right from the start with the setting: height of the Cold War in Germany, with American GIs who are literally and figuratively in the dark – is it the end of the world or just maneuvers? Are we the good guys or are there any good guys? Like a great le Carre novel, there’s intrigue, a feeling of impeding crisis, but also characters full of humanity, trying desperately to find their way. The main character, Nick, has the charisma and reluctant bravery of my favorite Elmore Leonard heroes, and the dialogue has that authenticity you get with Leonard.
    Fast forward 20 years to an equally fascinating time and place, Madison Avenue in the early 80s. It has the feel of Madmen with the power plays, the excess, and the drive to succeed, though no one’s quite as innocent, especially friends of Nick who stayed in the spy game and want to use him for a special job. There are plenty of twists and turns, characters you think you know who surprise you, and a nice romance with that clever, sexy Leonard feel to it.
    I wish I’d heard about this book when it first came out, but glad I got a second chance with the reissue of the paperback. I’ve been reading lots of great Scandinavian crime fiction recently and it’s nice to go back to an American and see where those writers learned their craft.

  • Edward Hannibal has slugged another home run with A Trace of Red, a fast-paced adventure into the world of advertising, while a sinister plot lurks in the shadows. Murder, the military, sex - it's all here. Hannibal's dialogue is so natural and effortless, the reader is perpetually part of the conversation. A Houghton-Mifflin award-winner for Chocolate Days, Popsicle Weeks, Hannibal continues to score big time.

    Professor James. F. Murphy, Jr.
    Author of Quonsett, Nightwatcher, The Mill, They Were Dreamers and The Green Box.

  • Not a new book but an excellent book. Great job recapping the role of the U.S. Army's 4th Armored Division in Germany during the cold war.

  • Nick Burke has spent his civilian life on hold. In the Madison Avenue ad agency where he frequently works marathon hours, he's known for his irreverent wisecracks, his lightning copy, his consumption of pretty girls who don't ask questions, and his tendency to vanish on weekends to a beach house where he never brings guest. When Nick Burke was twenty three, he shot a soldier he never meant to kill. When Nick is forty two, he has a reunion with his closest friend, Joel Kelsey. Over steak and bourbon in a Manhattan hotel room, after they've raked over the past they shared in the Cold War army and continued their long standing argument about the meaning of what happened to Nick in Germany, Kelsey asks Nick to kill again this time in cold blood, for the best reason, his country.