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  • Published: 1 November 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099472285
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $19.99

Out

Vintage Classics Japanese Series




A masterpiece of genre from the queen of Japanese crime. A vintage Original.

In the Tokyo suburbs four women work the draining graveyard shift at a boxed-lunch factory. Burdened with chores and heavy debts and isolated from husbands and children, they all secretly dream of a way out of their dead-end lives. A young mother among them finally cracks and strangles her philandering, gambling husband then confesses her crime to Masako, the closest of her colleagues. For reasons of her own, Masako agrees to assist her friend and seeks the help of the other co-workers to dismember and dispose of the body. The body parts are discovered, the police start asking questions, but the women have far more dangerous enemies -a yakuza connected loan shark who discovers their secret and has a business proposition, and a ruthless nightclub owner the police are convinced is guilty of the murder. He has lost everything as a result of their crime and he is out for revenge. OUT is a psychologically taut and unflinching foray into the darkest recesses of the human soul, an unsettling reminder that the desperate desire for freedom can make the most ordinary person do the unimaginable.

  • Published: 1 November 2004
  • ISBN: 9780099472285
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Natsuo Kirino

Natsuo Kirino, born in 1951, quickly established a reputation in Japan as one of a rare breed of crime writer whose work goes well beyond the conventional crime novel. This fact has been demonstrated by her winning not only Japan's top mystery award, for Out, but two of its major literary awards, the Naoki Prize and theTanizaki Prize. Her novels available in English are Out, Grotesque,Real World and In.

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Praise for Out

...Out, got my heart beating this year...The tone of the novel, flat and chill, fits its subject to perfection, and admiration for Kirino grows all the way...

Rose Tremain, Daily Telegraph

A shockingly intense read that challenges assumptions about the submissiveness of Japanese women.

Daily Telegraph

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