|Out (1997) [Novel]|
by Natsuo Kirino
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This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suberbs, 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 the crime. The coolly intelligent Masako emerges as the plot's ringleader but quickly discovers that killing is merely the beginning, as it leads into 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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Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery