During the grand opening celebration of the new American headquarters of an immense Japanese conglomerate, the dead body of a beautiful woman is found. The investigation begins, and immediately becomes a headlong chase through a twisting maze of industrial intrigue and a violent business battle that takes no prisoners.
That said, Japanese conspiracies were popular and this was one of the better ones, which also allowed us to perceive the Japanese manner of thinking.
BTW, this book was better than the movie. Overally, a very good read but not great.
For those who didn't see the movie a pair of America ...more
Starring two completely replaceable and indistinct noir detectives, we find ourselves tugged along an unnecessarily winding plot filled with conveniently entertaining twists and turns and at the center; a sexy femme fatale lies dead without panties.
Here are the tropes that this novel is a slave to:
1.) A car chase between the police and a sports car that ends in a flaming wreck.
2.) Dead suspects are not ...more
When a woman is murdered in the beautiful new Nakamoto Tower in L.A. at its grand opening, an investigation begins. Lieutenant Smith must now work with Captain Connor to dig through the lies and deceit to uncover the truth. Connor teaches him much about Japanese culture and helps him understand their actions. Just when they think that they are close to the truth they discover that once again they must weave through the maze of corrup ...more
Other times it seems like Crichton isn't even trying not to be racist. The whodunit that fills the first half of the book concerns a beautiful young American ...more
The topic itself, Japanese companies' corporate policy when it comes to the US market, was a hot potato at the time the book was published. Crichton firmly takes a stand on the issue but still handles it with the utmost respect, especially involving ...more
It has been six years since I have read, for the very first time, a full length novel. This happened not because I would like to do it, this happened because it is compulsory. I was in fourth year high school during that time. My English teacher, Mrs. Emilia Rivera, required each of her students to do a book report. No book report, no grade. In short, we have no choice.
I was the English Club President back then and as our club ...more
Dalam buku ini, Michael Crichton sebenarnya menyampaikan opini pribadinya dalam bentuk buku dengan penjelasan yang mudah dipahami, sebagai seorang rakyat yang mencintai negaranya..
Yahh.. seandainya di Indonesia ada yang membuka mata dengan keuntungan2 yang diberikan pihak luar.. mereka kata mereka pandai tapi nyata mereka terjebak ...more
The political commentary in question centers around the time ...more
Despite the cliché story line (bringing the retired cop in, missing/altered tapes, ect.), it was actually a thrilling read. Crichton brings up some eye opening points, and really shows us how America is selling our manufacturers overseas. It's revelatory about out c ...more
Quando una giovane prostituta d'alto bordo viene uccisa durante la festa di una multinazionale nipponica, la Nakamoto, al 47 piano della nuovissima sede di Los Angeles, interessi macroscopici quanto oscuri sembrano sovrastare l'indagine e gli inquirenti stessi.
Tutti sembrano far cerchio, più o m ...more
The novel continues to capture and highlight the stark differences between US and Japanese way of approaching a problem, cultural differences, local myths etc. At some places, it felt like a cross- cultural training programme.