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Four women who work the night shift in a Tokyo factory that produces boxed lunches find their lives twisted beyond repair in this grimly compelling crime novel, which won Japan's top mystery award, the Grand Prix, for its already heralded author, now making her first appearance in English. Despite the female bonding, this dark, violent novel is more evocative of Gogol or Dostoyevsky than Thelma and Louise. When Yayoi, the youngest and prettiest of the women, strangles her philandering gambler husband with his own belt in an explosion of rage, she turns instinctively for help to her co-worker Masako, an older and wiser woman whose own family life has fallen apart in less dramatic fashion. To help her cut up and get rid of the dead body, Masako recruits Yoshie and Kuniko, two fellow factory workers caught up in other kinds of domestic traps. In Snyder's smoothly unobtrusive translation, all of Kirino's characters are touching and believable. And even when the action stretches to include a slick loan shark from Masako's previous life and a pathetically lost and lonely man of mixed Japanese and Brazilian parentage, the gritty realism of everyday existence in the underbelly of Japan's consumer society comes across with pungent force. FYI: This novel has been made into a Japanese motion picture.
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A suburban Tokyo woman fed up with her loutish husband kills him in a fit of anger, then confesses her crime to a coworker on the night shift at the boxed-lunch factory. The coworker enlists the help of two other women at the factory to dismember and dispose of the body. Readers beware--Kirino's first mystery to be published in English (it was a best-seller in Japan) involves no madcap female bonding. The tenuous friendship between the four women, all with problems of their own even before becoming accessories to murder, begins to unravel almost immediately. Money changes hands. The body parts are discovered. The police begin asking questions, and a very bad man falsely accused of the crime is determined to find out who really deserves the punishment. The gritty neighborhoods, factories, and warehouses of Tokyo provide a perfect backdrop for this bleak tale of women who are victims of circumstance and intent on self-preservation at all costs. Carrie Bissey
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If you love suspense, detective novels, and a mix of horror this is a great novel and it also provides powerful insights on the role of women in Japan. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Paul Cairoli
Following the new trend of S & M, this novel explore the absolutely lowest underbelly of the human experience. It was a horrible read. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2013 by janet sullivan
The condition was better than expected and everything is in order. Fast delivery also.
Then book is an amazing read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes thrillers!
Out is vivid and tense from beginning to end. Curious and surprising even though aware of the form. One of the best.Published on Jan. 6 2012 by Pithy
The book is well-translated but the story is predictably boring.
It's so obvious to me that the author is just trying to shock the readers by writing something unusually... Read more
No need for me to give the short summary of the book again, others have done a great job doing that for me. Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by johndoe2412
The story behind OUT is almost as interesting as the novel itself. OUT is the debut novel of Natsuo Kirino; published in 1998 in Japan, and garnering not only awards but also... Read morePublished on Jan. 30 2004 by Amazon Customer
The book was a gift, selected for me because it was an award winning mystgery in Japan and a Staff Pick at our local bookstore. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by Susan Kibler