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Rising Sun

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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
Mass Market Paperback, 399 pages
Published January 1993 by Ballantine Books (first published June 11th 1992)
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Peter Monn
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great thriller! Check out my full review on my booktube channel
Though I have read only a couple of Michael Crichton's books, I am fan of his writing. His The Andromeda Strain and Sphere were highly enjoyable. So, with a lot of expectations I started with this book.

From the blurb, I could gather that it is a murder mystery centered on corporate espionage. The body of a young beautiful woman has been discovered in the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto Tower - a mighty Japanese conglomerate, in Los Angeles. This was during a party, attended by celebrities, se
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
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I read this book on 2010 and until now its still my favorite. This books is telling us a story how contrast it is American culture and Japanese culture. American is much more brass and outspoken. Japanese is much more secluded and honoring seniority. I love how the author narrates the story and focusing on the culture contrast.
Eddie Owens
Michael Crichton is a very interesting writer. He takes a subject that he is interested in, researches it fully and then crafts a story around the research.

The blurb for "Rising Sun" describes it as a business thriller. There aren't actually any thrills in it, but it is very interesting, as a description of how Japanese big business is buying corporate America.

I enjoy learning stuff while I'm reading, but if you just wanted a thriller, this might not be for you.
This one is a crime/mystery/detection story integrated within a time where the United States and Japan were involved in technological industry wars so as to take a lead against each other. Although the story itself was decent, reading the information penned by the author with regard to the American attitudes towards the Japanese way of making business and vice-versa, at the time, along with their prejudices and understandings was very interesting to read, and which is based on thorough research. ...more
Nov 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, very-bad
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
Laura Grable
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
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.
Listening to Michael Crichton -- at least judging by this one outing -- is very different than reading Michael Crichton.

I know, I know, listening to anything is different than reading, but I was shocked to discover how much lecturing Crichton does in his books. It goes far beyond the usual exposition of tech and ideas one would expect from a Sci-Fi writer. His lectures are long, over-blown, bordering on excruciating, but I think the magic of the written words allows those moments to be glossed
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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 Dougla ...more
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