11 am | WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
Join us for the Peregrine Book Company's Mystery Book Club, a club for readers of mysteries, suspense, thrillers, noir, and whodunnits. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 11 am.
The book for each specific month will be available at 10% off the listed price.
* Please Note: The 10% discount applies to books that are currently in print and available to bookstores.
Questions or comments? Ask for Jon!
The book we will be discussing on May 9th will be Out by Natsuo Kirino.
About the Author and the Book
Winner of the Grand Prix for Crime Fiction in Japan
A nervy thriller. . . . Out has the force of a juicy tabloid scandal. . . . A potent cocktail of urban blight, perverse feminism and vigilante justice.” –The New York Times Book Review
“Scarily omniscient. . . . Like Walter Mosley, [Kirino] exploits the beat-down potential of the hard-boiled novel to depict life on society's bottom in ways that subtly read as one part social protest, one part sadomasochistic entertainment.” –The Village Voice
“Grimly satisfying . . . like no one you’ve ever read before.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Mingling biting feminist commentary with engrossing storytelling . . . a scathing allegory about the subjugation of women in Japanese society and the secret lives this forces them to lead.” –The New York Times
“Masterful and psychologically astute.” –San Francisco Chronicle
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.
About the Author
Natsuo Kirino, born in 1951, quickly established a reputation in her own country as one of a rare breed of mystery writer whose work goes well beyond the conventional crime novel. This fact has been demonstrated by her winning not only the Grand Prix for Crime Fiction in Japan—for Out in 1998—but also one of its major literary awards—the Naoki Prize in 1999, for Soft Cheeks (to be published in English). Several of her books have also been turned into full-scale movies. Out is the first of her novels to appear in English and was nominated for an Edgar Award. Natsuo Kirino lives in Japan.