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Paperback - 04 January 2005
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Winner of Japan's Grand Prix for Crime Fiction - Edgar Award Finalist - Nothing in Japanese literature prepares us for the stark, tension-filled, plot-driven realism of Natsuo Kirino's award-winning literary mystery Out.

This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then seeks the help of her coworkers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime. The coolly intelligent Masako emerges as the plot's ringleader, but quickly discovers that this killing is merely the beginning, as it leads to a terrifying foray into the violent underbelly of Japanese society.

At once a masterpiece of literary suspense and pitch-black comedy of gender warfare, Out is also a moving evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds, and the friendships that bolster them in the aftermath.

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1 customer reviews Between 4−5 stars rating, 14 November 2016
Let's Go Out into Kirino's World
By: Anastasia Yolanda

This is the best crime fiction I've ever read in my life. It's thrilling, enchanting, crazy, and gore. 

If I can put a number between 1-10 (with 10 being PERFECT), this book is a 12. I feel the sticky horror feeling the whole 400 pages. It's violent is so nerve-wracking, goosebumps all over my body. How Kirino describes the murder, its still making me chill and giving me nightmares. 

Beyond every thrilling moments, what's been drowning me into this book is how Kirino brought out such complex themes. This is a story about unfairness in life, especially in women's. Bad job, low payment, broken home, dry marriage, and (really) a series... See More

of bad luck. These unfairness and poor conditions had made Masako, Yoshie, Yayoi, and Kuniko did whatever they did. I've came to believe (after reading this book) that sometimes people have it so bad in their lives that they HAVE TO do some really messed up things, even bad ones. Because they really have no other better choices, and they just have to survive, they still want to live. Masako, the main character, she scares me to death. She's an awaking evil, but honestly she's just a lost soul, a lost woman living in a world she barely feel connected to anymore. I feel for her, I want her to survive but at the same time I just can't imagine a person like her keep living because it will be too painfull to watch. Experiencing the 400 pages with her, my heart is aching. She is so deeply hurted and totally lost, I just want to hug her and tell her that she's not alone in this dark twisted world. Sadly I can't.

In the end this is just a very very special and good book to read, both thrilling and entertaining. Be careful that some content may be too violent and unbearable (there is murder, rape, and many other disturbing moments). This is definitely not suitable for children or under 18years old. I hope you enjoy it, Natsuo Kirino is really an amazing writer.

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