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Natsuo Kirino, Out (Kodansha Int’l, 2003).
Crime fiction in the Tokyo suburbs. A young mother who works the night shift at a dead-end job strangles her neer-do-well husband, and enlists her co-workers to help her dispose of the body. Such things rarely go smoothly. Kirino won Japan’s Grand Prix for Crime Fiction, the top prize for a mystery, for this, her first. Kirino’s Tokyo is one that few tourists will see.

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