In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison
In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison
In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison
In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison
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In the Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison

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By Jack Henry Abbott. The book features an introduction by Norman Mailer, who supported Abbott's petition for parole the year the book came out, 1981; the book itself is Abbott's letters TO Mailer about conditions inside. The New York Times gave it a decent review, not knowing that the night before the review came out, Abbott had killed a waiter during a dispute in an East Village restaurant. 

Abbott's case has been repurposed in various Law & Order episodes and other cultural artifacts; should you repurpose this paperback for your own reading? Sure; it's got page toning, a couple pages that look like they were paper-clipped, the edge- and cornerwear you'd expect from a 40-year-old book, and a couple of cracks to the spine. But the pages are holding steady, and it's a slim tome that fits nicely in a cargo pocket.