This article is from the Hannibal Lecter FAQ, by Cory Compton Coleman email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Yes. Hannibal Lecter first appeared in Thomas Harris's book Red Dragon.
Similar in plot to Silence, Lecter is consulted by the FBI, which is trying
to capture a rampant serial killer. Lecter's role is smaller, but he does
confront Will Graham, who originally captured him. Again, Lecter's big
theme is that Graham was able to capture him because Graham could identify
with Lecter, not quantify him.
The book was later turned into a called Manhunter. In it, Lecter is played
not by Anthony Hopkins, but by Brian Cox, who I understand is quite good.
Frankie Faison, who plays Barney in Lambs, is a police officer in
Manhunter. Additionally, Dan Butler, Lamb's great entomology nerd Roden,
was an FBI fingerprint expert in Manhunter.
You may have noticed that I haven't mentioned this movie much in the page.
Well, that's because the embarassing truth is that I haven't been able to
actually get my hands on a copy of the movie. I suppose I'll have to end up
ordering it, but I'm a poor pauper of a man. Anyone wishing to send me a
copy will have my eternal love and devotion.