I read Red Dragon over a decade ago, and, while I have no need to reread it (I remember every little cringe-inducing detail), it has popped up on my 17 Books for People Who Hate People Reading Challenge. So here's a review.
I don't think there's a single bad thing to be said about Red Dragon. It's one of the only thrillers that ever truly scared me. The killer and his "becoming" has stayed with me for ten-plus years, and I firmly believe it's the best book in the Hannibal Lecter series. Silence of the Lambs is tame by comparison, andHannibal left me wanting. It left me wanting so much that I refused to read the final book, Hannibal Rising.
In summation: One of the best thrillers I've read, and better than future books in the series. High recommended.
Final Judgment: Lip-smacking good.