eat your meat before reading this because after you might want to become a vegetarian.
published in 1997 translated in 2003 by Stephen Snyder
synopsis via goodreads: Natsuo Kirino’s novel tells a story of random violence in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works a night shift making boxed lunches brutally strangles her deadbeat husband and then seeks the help of her co-workers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime.
The ringleader of this cover-up, Masako Katori, emerges as the emotional heart of Out and as one of the shrewdest, most clear-eyed creations in recent fiction. Masako’s own search for a way out of the straitjacket of a dead-end life leads her, too, to take drastic action.
The complex yet riveting narrative seamlessly combines a convincing glimpse into the grimy world of Japan’s yakuza with a brilliant portrayal of the psychology of a violent crime and the ensuing game of cat-and-mouse between seasoned detectives and a group of determined but inexperienced criminals. Kirino has mastered a Thelma and Louise kind of graveyard humor than illuminators her stunning evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds and the friendship that bolsters them in the aftermath.
its like James Pattersons 1st to die just in reverse where the women are the killers. they cut up one of their coworker/friends husbands body after she kills him after finding out he spend their entire savings on gambling and a whore called Ana, while she slaves away in the nightshift in a lunchbox making factory for part timer salary. since the owner of the club where the husband went has been guilty with a previous murder he is dragged down the mud for the dismembering murder because he has thrown out the man (who forgot his coat there) and beat him up for stalking Ana. after he gets released on the lack of evidence he takes up a fake name and spends a fortune on seeking out the wife and her companions who in the meantime make a business out of the dismembering and making corpses disappear at the demand of the yakuza drawing it in as a line of business.
I thought this one was a 3 star till around the middle because it was hard to remember who was who and the story was slow but it picked up and the ending is one that i really liked so i gave it 4 out of 5 stars on goodreads.