By Natsuo Kirino

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Publish Date: 1997 Awards: 1998 Mystery Writers of Japan Award

Exasperated by debts and chores, four women working the draining graveyard shift at a boxed-lunch factory dream of a way out of their miserable lives. When one of them snaps and kills her philandering, gambling husband. The women will find themselves caught between a police investigation, a loan shark with connections to the Yakuza, and a ruthless nightclub owner accused of the crime.