Based on a True Story (but not a major motion picture!)
May 4, 2010 6:51 AM   Subscribe

Japanese Book Filter: Crime novel based on a true story about a gruesome murder involving women who worked in a factory

A few years ago I was dating a person who loaned me a novel that was absolutely intriguing, but the relationship broke up and I returned the book mid-way through. I want to read the rest of the book, but have not idea what it was titled. Here's what I remember:

Novel was set in Japan, and originally was written in Japanese (I was reading an English translation).

The book centered on three women who all worked together in a factory that made boxed lunches. One of the women killed a man in her bathroom and one of the other women helped her dismember the body, load it into trash bags, and dispose of it. Pretty gruesome scene, and at one point one of the women had parts of the body in the basket of her bicycle.

There was also a Japanese mobster involved, and the police, of course. I also remember a scene where a male factory worker was stalking a female from a field outside the factory.

Novel was based on a true story. It was pretty good (from what I remember). The English translation seemed to be excellent.

Anybody have any idea what this novel is titled?????
posted by rtodd to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Out: A Novel.
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:53 AM on May 4, 2010

Seconding Out.
posted by matkline at 7:14 AM on May 4, 2010

I will third that the novel is "Out." Great book! Natsuo Kirino is the author if I am remembering correctly.
posted by Slothrop at 7:21 AM on May 4, 2010

That's it! Thanks!
posted by rtodd at 7:22 AM on May 4, 2010

You already got your answer, but I just want to add that Kirino has written some other excellent books, most of which are sadly not yet available in English. OUT is still my favorite.
posted by whatzit at 9:53 AM on May 4, 2010

Wow - I'm reading this book right now. Couldn't read the whole question for fear of spoilers!
posted by Coffeemate at 12:06 PM on May 4, 2010

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