From the Publisher:
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 naïve 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.
Patricia Highsmith: The Glass Cell. W.W. Norton, ISBN: 0393325679 (June, 2004), 288 p., $13.95.