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At last back in print, one of Patricia Highsmith's most disturbing works.


Rife with overtones of Dostoyevsky, The Glass Cell, first published forty years ago, combines a quintessential Highsmith mystery with a penetrating critique of the psychological devastation wrought by the prison system. Falsely convicted of fraud, the easygoing but naive Philip Carter is sentenced to six lonely, drug-ravaged years in prison. Upon his release, Carter is a more suspicious and violent man. For those around him, earning back his trust can mean the difference between life and death. The Glass Cell's bleak and compelling portrait of daily prison life—and the consequences for those who live it—is, sadly, as relevant today as it was when the book was first published in 1964.

About the Author


Patricia Highsmith (1921–1995) was the author of more than twenty novels, including Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt, and The Talented Mr. Ripley, as well as numerous short stories.

Praise For…


There's a certain harsh power here that is compelling.

Patricia Highsmith's novels are peerlessly disturbing...bad dreams that keep us thrashing for the rest of the night.

The book is well made, well told.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780393325676
ISBN-10: 0393325679
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: June 17th, 2004
Pages: 256
Language: English

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