On the forty-sixth floor, in an empty conference room, the dead body of a beautiful young woman is discovered.
The investigation begins ... and immediately becomes a headlong chase through a twisting...more
The question this book posed to me: is it racist to criticize a country for its business practices? After finishing the book, the answer is no, but with a big asterisk. While I fou...more
A young American model is murdered in the corporate boardroom of Los Angeles's Nakomoto Tower on the new skyscraper's gala opening night. Murdered, that is, unless she was strangled while enjoying sadomasochistic sex that went too far. Nakomoto, a Japanese electronics giant, tries to hush up the embarrassing incident, setting in motion a murder investigation that serves Crichton ( Jurassic Park ) as the platform for a clever, tough-talking harangue on the dangers of Japan
During a party at the United States offices of a Japanese corporation, a professional escort is found dead, apparently after a violent sexual encounter. Police Detective Web Smith and John Connor , a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs, are sent to investigate.
During the in...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
If you're not going to read Shogun or something like that, there are some very basic things about Japanese culture to be learned from this book, ...
... like ... the underling apprentice is to play the wreckles bad cop, and if it works in getting what's wanted in business or politics - great. This keeps the big boss out of the messy stuff. If it doesn't work then the big boss comes...more
I'm certain that there's been criticisms of this book here as racist. Indeed, Crichton's feelings about the need to protect America's businesses from Japanese takeover are addressed in a final, nonstory chapter. However, the subtlety of under...more
by Michael Crichton
I have sort of a love hate relationship with Michael Crichton. I always love his books but I really don't know why. Typically his subject matter is of no interest to me but I simply can't put the book down as the story is so riveting. I feel a little like he always tricks me into learning things I have no interest in. Rising Sun is perhaps a little better in this regard since I do love a good murder mystery. The plot walks a fine line between the murder investigation...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
I really enjoyed the cultural research that Crichton puts into this novel. While I don't know much about Japanese culture there seems to be a lot of research done into how culture would play a part in a murder investigation. I also enjoyed how Crichton makes a point about Japanese investment and business practices in the United States. As stated before I do not know much about such things but it has made me question a few things. Perhaps, I will do some research of my own. I really enjoyed the c...more
Okay. So, it was good. The lines were fine. i learned a lot from this one. Michael Crichton always gives us infos we can't "meet" in our daily lives. I also enjoyed adjusting myself to the time where there were still no CCTV cameras.
BLAH BLAH BLAH, it was a good read. I...more
Other than that, it's really an entertaining book, I don't read crime thrillers very often, but I can easily say that this one was very well...more
My biggest disappointment in the unintentional racism this book perpetrates. I couldn't agree with Crichton more that Americans need to worry about their economy's long-term...more
This adventure thriller centered around Japanese Corporate Culture in the USA and was absolutely an eye opener. I loved the murders and intrigue surrounding the investigation by Detective Smith and Captain Conner. The japanese mystic was interesting to say the least, and how it affects American Technological Companies was darn right scary.
I give this novel 5 stars for being super exciti...more