Glass Cell

Paperback | June 15, 2004

byPatricia Highsmith

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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.

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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 p...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.23 × 5.51 × 0.59 inPublished:June 15, 2004Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393325679

ISBN - 13:9780393325676

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The book is well made, well told. — Times Literary Supplement

There's a certain harsh power here that is compelling. — New York Times Book Review

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