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On the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto Tower in downtown L.A.—the new American headquarters of the immense Japanese conglomerate—a grand opening celebration is in full swing.

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
Mass Market Paperback, 399 pages
Published January 1993 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1992)
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In the 80s the big American fear, especially in California, was that the Japanese businesses were going to take over. Strangely, the fact that the Dutch and British had more holdings than the Japanese never mattered.

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
4.0 to 4.5 stars. My favorite Michael Crichton novel. I remember reading this book when it first came out and thinking is was a terrific read. I plan to re-read it at some point to see if it has aged well.
Laura Williams
I really enjoy how Michael Crichton can keep me glued to the page with plot twists and fast pacing, but I really hate when he gets too preachy. I think that is his biggest weakness as a writer. All of his books have some kind of lesson to be learned, typically it's the dangers of fast-growing technology, but his best novels show the reader why this is a problem instead of insistently telling us. For example, in Jurassic Park we didn't need a lecture on the dangers of playing God and giving life...more
William Galaini
Underwhelming and transparent would be the two words I would use for this novel by Crichton.

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
In the early to mid-1990's a wave of anti-Japan hysteria swept through some segments of the American population. I distinctly remember watching two newscasts from this time concerning Japan. One talked about people's fear of Japanese 'interests' buying up significant portions of the U.S. The other showed video clip of people venting their anger over Japanese imports by destroying a Toyota pickup with baseball bats and the reporter (off-screen) explaining that the truck was built in the U.S. at t...more
Kevin Lake
"Rising Sun" is Micheal Crichton at his best. All the reasons he is one of my favorite authors are found in this book. He writes honestly, not politically correctly. The cold hard facts he states, through the eyes and ears and mouths of his characters, about the Japanese and their business practices and America's inability to respond to either, mostly out of ignorance, innefeciency, and a desire to, at whatever cost, not come across as offensive or racist, is spot on. I live in Asia full time (t...more
Michael Crichton- Rising Sun (Ballantine Books 1993) 3.75 Stars

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
This novel should've been called I'm Not Racist, But--. Crichton's wise men rant against the Japanese as copiously as his straw men do, and their arguments are functionally identical. By all means, he says, paint them with a broad brush, say they're schemers, insist they spell our doom, but good Lord, don't call them "nips"! That's bigoted!

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
Well, this my first book by Michael Crichton and I enjoyed it. My rating would have to be closer to three stars but it had a nice plot, fast pace, something easy to get into but not to figure out. Recommended.
Michael Crichton is well known for his science fiction books, however "Rising Sun" does not follow the typical mold of a Michael Crichton book. However like most of his other books, "Rising Sun" brings up very near, and real problems and questions about developing technology or the changing world. "Rising Sun" deals with the growing influence and presence of the Japanese in America in the late 20th century. It provides deep insight on not just the Japanese takeover of American industries, but a...more
Perhaps it is because this book has an out of date topic, but I found the constant "Japanese taking over America" rants to be a bit much. It took away from the overall mystery of the murder case, which in itself was interesting and intriguing. If it weren't for that preaching, I would have managed 3 stars.
Life changing. Made me xenophobic and I've never looked back!
Farnoosh Brock
This acclaimed novel is set against the backdrop of Japanese-American tensions at the time of its writing - each side apprehensive, protective of their own territory and culture. The plot revolves around an American female's murder in Nakomoto, a Japanese corporation on American soil - and that distinct setting sets the wheels of this novel in motion. The intricacies of etiquette, culture, duty that is inherent to Japan plays a key role as the investigation begins to unfold. Only one man can ide...more
May 08, 2014 Sheila rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: other readers
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Tremendously enjoyed PREY by Michael Crichton. I do not believe this novel is racist. It is more like showing differences in cultures. Story is about Japan taking over American electronic manufacturing industry. In 1980's America feared that Japan was dominating the industry, however in last few years China is a threat to USA for cheap goods. Manufacturing within USA has changed and companies are taking business to other countries. Actions of politicians and CEO's of businesses effect the workin...more
Emmy Uzor
A disappoint, it is. I plunged into the book with energy and regretted ever doing so. The setting and characters are commendable quite alright but the storyline is just ok. The whole investigation was shady and shabby not straight forward stupid. The main theme of the book: the murder was altogether usurped by the stupid babble about the Japanese Modus Operandi which asphyxiated the original plot. Invariably, the book picked 'strength', 'interestingness' when it 'boomaranged' back to Peter. All...more
Dieser Roman ist zunächst ein Krimi; die Polizei von Los Angeles versucht die Umstände des Todes einer jungen Frau zu ermitteln. Da die Leiche während einer Party im Bürogebäude eines großen japanischen Unternehmens gefunden wurde, unterstützen spezielle Kontaktpolizisten die Ermittlungen. Vor dem Hintergrund der Tätersuche entwirft der Roman ein Schreckensszenario vom Untergang der US-amerikanischen Wirtschaft, ausgelöst durch die skrupellosen Geschäftspraktiken japanischer Unternehmen. Besonde...more
Micheal Crichton claims that he is opening our eyes to the fact that Japanese corporations control more and more of the American market. But in reality, this novel is basically just racist. It wouldn't be if Crichton had limited himself to his supposed objective. But the basic premise of this novel is that there are vast differences between how Japanese people think and act, and the way Americans do. Every character in this novel expounds on the perfidy of the Japanese. They are not seen as indi...more
From the author whose most famous work is Jurassic Park comes a murder mystery that has as many twists and turns as your normal novel of the genre. The first half of the book is actually pretty good, with the murder in a corporate building that happens a floor above a party that the company is holding. It starts dragging once the social and political commentary comes front and center, and it doesn't recover until it is almost too late.

The political commentary in question centers around the time...more
Ryan Glaubke
The book, simply put, is about a girl being murdered in a New Japanese corporation building. Two detectives try to solve the mystery, getting deep into the hostile, business side of the Japanese, and the corrupted politics of the US.

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
Francesco Zampa
Il tenente Peter Smith presta servizio presso il Distretto di Polizia di Los Angeles in qualità di ufficiale di collegamento con la comunità giapponese o, per meglio dire, con l'intera cultura giapponese.
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...more
I read this novel for a break from the usual sci-fi thrillers and I didn't have to regret. As a non-US reader i couldn't visualize the tension that prevailed in the US's business and political sphere, but from the reviews below, I understand it has been caught precisely.

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.

Crissy Imery
I would have given the book 4 stars because the plot line, characters, and information written in the book are all very interesting and make a very good read, but the book came off as very racist. The only objective voice explaining the Japanese culture and why it was so different and confusing to Americans was the character of Connor. Most of the other characters seemed to only criticize. While the tone could have been purposeful in an effort to expose how negatively Americans view the Japanese...more
I have to be in the mood to read Crichton & I had this book around for years before I got to it. It was very absorbing. Nothing too special, but a well done thriller.
Drew Raley
Jurassic Park - Dinosaurs + Japanese - Wide eyed sense of wonder + Early 90s xenophobia = Rising Sun. In other words: Crichton at his cheap-scariest.
Tim Cusmano
I still wonder why my aunt bought his for my brother for X-mas (he was in 8th grade, and this isn't the Crichton I would send a kid that age's way). I really had know idea what the deal was with this book, and one of my classmates asked what I was reading before snatching it out of my hands and turning immediately to the explicit sex scene (oops, spoiler I guess). I didn't believe him when he said that there was some dirty shit that I was reading, but sure enough...

An OK book that apparently ear...more
Miguel Perez
Just to pass the time.
Kevin Beary
I don`t recall seeing the movie and I just read this book for the 1st time 15 yrs after the fact. Another great Crichton book. Prophetic. Even though the Japanese economy has stalled , the unfair trade practices (Japanese don`t find them unfair) , dumping , intrigue and sabotage , bribery and gifting, collusion , closing of their own markets and government sponsored sabotage of our own have all shown themselves to be true. They still reap the benefits of decimating American competition via this...more
In Rising Sun, Crichton takes a step back from the science world to give his thoughts on the world of business. It's not a usual topic of his - superbugs and mechanics and illness being his forte - but it is a subject that the author really seems to take to.

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
Bruce Snell
This makes the second time I have read this book; additionally, I have seen the movie many times. It is interesting to note that while the movie is a fairly straightforward murder mystery with some notes on trade with Japan, the book is a dissertation on the problems in our trade policy with Japan told by means of a murder mystery.

A party girl is murdered at the grand opening of a new skyscraper owned by a huge Japanese conglomerate. The LAPD sends Lieutenant Smith and Captain Connor to investi...more
There's an old saying in Japan. Or at least I assume there is; people have been living there for over 30000 years, I'd say they've been slacking if they haven't come up with a saying in that time. I don't know any old Japanese sayings because most of what I know about Japan is based on watching anime and Japanese horror films and reading manga, so all I know for sure is that all the men have huge crazy hair, all the women have huge crazy breasts, and every problem is solved by playing children's...more
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Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was one of the most successful novelists of his generation, admired for his meticulous scientific research and fast-paced narrative. He graduated summa cum laude and earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. His first novel, Odds On (1966), was written under the pseudonym John Lange and was followed by seven more Lange novels. He also wrote as Michael Douglas...more
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