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Natsuo Kirino
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Natsuo Kirino, born in 1951, quickly established a reputation in her country as one of a rare breed of mystery writers 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 one of its major literary awards--the Naoki Prize--for Soft Cheeks (which has not yet been published in English), in 1999. Several of her books have also been turned into feature movies. Out was the first of her novels to appear in English and was nominated for an Edgar... Read More

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Grotesque

Written by Natsuo Kirino


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2008
Price: $15.95

Life at the prestigious Q High School for Girls in Tokyo exists on a precise social axis: a world of insiders and outsiders, of haves and have-nots. Beautiful Yuriko and her unpopular, unnamed sister exist in different spheres; the hopelessly awkward Kazue Sato floats around among them, trying to fit in.Years... Read more >
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Grotesque

Written by Natsuo Kirino


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2007
Price: $11.99

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Out
A Novel
Written by Natsuo Kirino


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2005
Price: $15.95

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... Read more >

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Real World

Written by Natsuo Kirino


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 2009
Price: $15.00

In a crowded Tokyo suburb, four teenage girls indifferently wade their way through a hot, smoggy summer. When one of them, Toshi, discovers that her nextdoor neighbor has been brutally murdered, the girls suspect the killer is the neighbor's son. But when he flees, taking Toshi's bike and cell phone with... Read more >
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Real World

Written by Natsuo Kirino


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 15, 2008
Price: $11.99

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