The only positive that resulted from AMC’s disastrous remake of The Prisoner was the reprinting of Thomas M. Disch’s novelization. The original was published by ACE BOOKS in 1969 and quickly went out-of-print. I was saddened by Disch’s death in 2008. His work struck me as original and clever. Disch published mostly science fiction. Ironically, his most successful book was The Brave Little Toaster, a book for children (and readers who are children at heart) which morphed into a couple of Disney animated movies. Disch captures the claustrophobia of The Village in his novel and explores the theme of identity. If you’re a fan of the original series, The Prisoner world of menace and mystery Disch explores will intrigue you.