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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 38mm | 399.16g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099472287
  • 9780099472285
  • 6,026

Review Text

Out is a terrifying delve into the human psyche and the hidden darkness that lies within. It takes you to the edge of the psychological border and then grabs you and throws you over. Four women work the same mundane graveyard shift at a boxed-lunch factory in downtown Tokyo. Sick of heavy debts, household chores and family problems, they all dream of a life away from it all. A young mother finally snaps and murders her gambling husband. Mosako and her co-workers agree to dismember and dispose of the body for her. However, they soon have more to fear than the police asking awkward questions. A ruthless nightclub owner has been falsely accused of the murder and he is out for revenge. Natsuo Kirino blends a lethal cocktail of feminism, desperation and bloody murder. She will leave you shaken to the bone and feeling like you've just survived an earthquake. (Kirkus UK)show more

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"Daring and disturbing, OUT is prepared to push the limits of this world - not only in violence and sex but also in human outlook... Remarkable" Los Angeles Times "OUT is a potent cocktail of urban blight, perverse feminism and vigilante justice" New York Times Book Review "A shockingly intense read" Daily Telegraph "Brings the mystery thriller to new levels of intensity and realism - OUT has great plot twists, vigour and an ending that would make Hannibal Lecter smile" Library Journal "In this top-drawer page-turner, Kirino offers a clever snapshot of her own culture...slyly amusing and compulsive" Metroshow more

About 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 one of its major literary awards, the Naoki Prize, for Soft Cheeks, followed by the Tanizaki Prize for Tokyo Island. Several of her books have also been turned into movies.show more

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16,394 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 30% (4,973)
4 41% (6,739)
3 21% (3,483)
2 6% (902)
1 2% (297)
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