Natsuo Kirino, born in Japan in 1951, is the author of twenty-one novels, four short-stories collections and an essay collection. She is the recipient of seven of Japan’s premier literary awards including the Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Out and the Izumi Kyoka Prize for Literature for Grotesque. Her work has been published in twenty-eight languages worldwide and several of her books have also been turned into movies. Out was the first of her novels to appear in English and was nominated for an Edgar Award. She lives in Tokyo.