In "The Art of War" (The Night Of, S01E04), Freddy tells Naz
You know what the two most popular books in the prison library are? "The Art of War," for obvious reasons. And "The Other Side of Midnight," for obvious reasons.
Now, I haven't read either of those books, but I do know what The Art of War is about and so I understand what the "obvious reasons" are for it being popular in prison.
I looked up the plot to The Other Side of Midnight on Wikipedia, and it seems to be mostly about a French woman trying to get what she wants (namely a relationship with an American pilot) through seduction and manipulation. The most relevant thing to prison or the justice system seems to be that at the end, the woman and the pilot plead guilty to murder because they think a plea bargain is in place, when in fact there is no bargain.
Later in the episode
someone leaves a copy of The Other Side of Midnight on Naz's bed, with a note that says "take the deal."
How does that make sense, since seemingly
the lesson of TOSoM is to not make a plea deal because you can't trust that there actually is a deal, so why couple the book with the advice to take the deal?
And what are the "obvious reasons" that The Other Side of Midnight is popular in prison?