29 Aug / Out by Natsuo Kirino, translated by Stephen Snyder [in AsianWeek]
Forget your stereotypical visions of the meek and timid Japanese housewife who waits for her salaryman husband with slippers in hand and dinner on the table. Meet Masako and her fellow night-shift food processing plant co-workers who join forces to help the hapless Yayoi dispose of her worthless, abusive husband whom she strangles out of sheer frustration. The book is a heart-pounding, piercing look at the Japanese underworld, replete with badly-dressed yakuza, kept women, and bumbling detectives.
Published: 2003 (United States)