The best literary device you probably don't know about.
So a Malaphor is when you combine two common sayings (also known as an idiom or aphorism), or mess one up, and create a new phrase. Some of my faves are:
“Oh how the tables have tabled.”
“We’ll burn that bridge when we get to it.”
“That’s no shirt off my nose.”
“When a door windows, an opportunity closes.”
“Barking up the wrong alley.”
“Hitting the nail on the thumb.”
“Kill two eggs with one basket.”
“A pen is louder than words.”
literary critic: thomas harris’s murderers are soooo unrealistic!
crime journalist: as you can see these cases are the ones that harris was referencing in his novels, you can see the historical elements mentioned here, here and here, and the interesting shit specific to the sicilian crime families in tuscany at this time