Freddy Lounds is good reporter - intelligent, brave, and a good eye for a story. He has great energy and patience. He is also obnoxious and therefore disliked by news executives, and has an inability to keep himself out of his stories.
"Lounds was lumpy and ugly and small. He had buck teeth and his rat eyes had the sheen of spit on asphalt."
He has been working for the past twelve years for a supermarket tabloid The National Tattler (this is based on statements in the novel that Lounds started working for the Tattler in 1969, and assuming the novel is set in 1981) and worked as a mainstream journalist for ten years previous to that until he realized that he wasn't getting the recognition or payment he felt he deserved.
Soon after Hannibal's attack on Will Graham, three years ago, Lounds photographed Graham while he was recovering in hospital: "Lounds had come into the hospital room while Graham was asleep. He flipped back the sheet and shot a picture of Graham's temporary colostomy. The paper ran it retouched with a black square covering Graham's groin. The caption said "Crazy Guts Cop.""
He wrote a paperback book on the Hannibal Lecter case.
He drives a Lincoln Versailles that smells of hair tonic and aftershave, socks and cigars.
"HANNIBAL" (Four years before)
In Season one of "Hannibal" Freddy has been working for the Tattler for eight years. He has not yet met Hannibal Lecter or Will Graham.
NOTE: For the TV series Lounds will change gender to female, and will be played by Lara Jean Chorostecki as Freddie Lounds. Freddie is said to be even more sophisticated in her manipulations her male counterpart, but she is no less daring, making her a foil for not only Will Graham, but Hannibal Lecter and Jack Crawford, as well.