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Rising Sun [Mass Market Paperback]

Michael Crichton
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Aug. 30 2004 0606298231 978-0606298230
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.

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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 Japanese economic competition and influence-peddling in the U.S. Divorced LAPD lieutenant Peter Smith, who has custody of his two-year-old daughter, and hard-boiled detective John Connor, who says things like "For a Japanese, consistent behavior is not possible," pursue the killer in a winding plot involving Japan's attempt to gain control of the U.S. computer industry. Although Crichton's didactic aims are often at cross-purposes with his storytelling, his entertaining, well-researched thriller cannot be easily dismissed as Japan-bashing because it raises important questions about that country's adversarial trade strategy and our inadequate response to it. He also provides a fascinating perspective on how he thinks the Japanese view Americans--as illiterate, childish, lazy people obsessed with TV, violence and aggressive litigation. 225,000 first printing; BOMC main selection.
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YA-- The celebrity-studded opening of a huge Japanese office building is marred by the murder of a beautiful American woman. Lt. Peter Smith is called in to investigate and is requested to bring along John Connor, an expert on Japanese culture and fluent in the language. So begins a riveting tale that combines suspense, technology, and a full-scale economic battle for survival. YAs will have no problem following the complex corporate business schemes described by Crichton, whose loyalties are obviously with America. Readers who fear that the Japanese are taking over the U. S. economy will not be reassured.
- Katherine Fitch, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Special services liaison April 12 2004
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To the Japanese business is war by other means. What is the Nakamoto murder and 12 years after this book's writing can it still hold a reader's attention? The answer is yes.
Special services is a diplomatic detail in the LAPD. A homocide is reported at the Nakamoto Tower. A caucasian woman has died. Peter J. Smith has been assigned to the Special Services detail for the past six months. An experienced officer, John Connor, tells Smith that a foreigner can never master the etiquette of bowing.
The ninety seven floor building had been constructed from prefab units from Nagasaki. In the 1970's 150,000 Japanese students a year were studying in America while 200 U.S. students were studying in Japan. Peter Smith is dealing with Mr. Ishiguro. A very important business reception is taking place and Mr. Ishiguro does not want his guests to be bothered by any aspects of the investigation whatsoever. Every homocide scene has energy.
The author states that Japanese people are sensitive to context and behave appropriately under the circumstances. There is a shadow world in New York and Los Angeles and other American cities available only to the Japanese. Two men had already searched the victim's apartment. In Japan every criminal is caught. There is a ninety nine per cent conviction rate. In the U.S. it is seventeen per cent. A crime occurred with the expectation it would not be solved.
In Japan scandal is the most common way of revising the pecking order. Officer Smith would like to find a house suitable for raising his daughter but has found that the real estate prices are beyond his means. National cultures clashing create fragility in understanding as does the clash of business cultures. Out of the blue it would seem the two police officers are the subjects of bribery attempts by the Japanese.
The solution of the crime is elaborate and laid out with care. All in all the story is very engrossing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rising Sun rises above other murder mysteries Feb. 17 2004
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LAPD lieutenant Peter J. Smith was watching the Lakers game while listening to a Japanese vocabulary tape when he received a call that would shatter his peaceful evening. Apparently a young and gorgeous woman was found dead on the 46th floor of the newly built Nakamoto Tower, home of the new Japanese electronics company that just moved into town. Coincidentally, Nakamoto¡s opening bash was going on that night as well, just two floors under the crime scene. Evidently embarrassed and distressed at having something so horrible happen during their opening party, a cover up effort by Nakamoto had already begun even before Smith reached the crime scene. So the investigation began; with clues vanishing by the second, chances of the killer ever being found are turning bleak. Luckily for Smith, he has detective John Conner who is known for his experience at dealing with the Japanese, on his side. Though this book¡s plot is painted like a stereotypical murder mystery, it packs in a lot of action and has a powerful message as well; watch out, the Japanese are taking over.
Throughout the book, Michael Crichton makes it clear that Japan was trying to take over certain US industries, which can be disturbing sometimes because he constantly treats Japanese as if they were tireless machines. For instance, many times in the book he stresses how Japanese can finish or do something much faster than the Americans as if they were machines or extreme workaholics. Though this may sound pleasing to an American, who of course would not be happy hearing that the Japanese can do something better and faster than them, to me it often feels like excess criticism that doesn¡t add much to the story at all.
But nevertheless, this book was an interesting, intriguing read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kohai!!!!!! Dec 2 2003
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After finishing this book, I let out a big breath, probably the first one in over 3 hours, as I could not stop reading this book for its(no pun intended)breathtaking plot and international intrigue. At its heart, this novel is a book about how Japan is taking over America's economy(there are good examples from Crichton, he has done his research, check the rather large bibliography), and the fact that the Japanese will do anything to control it. As Crichton states many times, Japan's motto is "Business is War", and after finishing this, I cannot help but agree. The story revolves around Lt. Peter Smith and John Connor(haha), who investigate the murder of a beautiful young girl, who was murdered at the Grand Opening of the Nakamoto Building.A great mystery ensues, and even Crichton's lack of detailed descriptions flies by your mind like the pages you are reading. I recommend to read this over the weekend on a soft hammock, just to prove you want fall asleep.Also check out Sphere and Jurassic Park, but do not go anywhere near The Terminal Man.......UGH!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting, informative Sept. 10 2003
A beautiful young call girl is murdered in the corporate boardroom of Nakamoto Towers in Los Angeles, during a gala event of the Japanese giant company - Nakamoto. The incident is embarassing to the conservative Japanese people because of its sexual connotations and they try to hush up the matter! This intriguing incident sets the stage for the book, a descriptive view of the Japanese way of working, their corporate culture, their business tactics.
The opening is reveting, the reader is kept on the edge of the seat - and then slowly Crichton reveals the actual theme behind the story. This tactic by Crichton is a sure winner to grab the attention of his reader. He then consolidates the attention with a saga of the stark dark world of business dealings.
Little was known about Japan's corporate culture when this book came out. It was also the time when Japanese domination of the world economics had started. The Japanese looked like simple, docile people at home, but at business it came down to "Anything fair in business, business is war". The book also brings out the differences in the Japanese style of working and the American style. Americans are more forthcoming and outright in projecting their view on things. Japanese, on the reverse side, are more secretive, tightlipped about their collaborations, strategies - the inherent belligerence within, gets masked by the placid exterior!!!
This book is definitely a winner... well researched, it gives oodles of insight into a highly successful country's working strategies. Intelligently interwoven with a murder mystery and set in the background of a thriller, even heavy topics like business and economics sink in with effortless ease.
The book makes interesting reading (though a little outdated for the present times) and I definitely recommend it to all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book full of suspense!
Published 1 month ago by Nikoleta
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Foreshadowing of Present Times
During current times when the whole economic structure of our country is in collapse and when presidential candidates speak of the middle class like it's an endangered species, one... Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2008 by Douglas P. Murphy
1.0 out of 5 stars Rising Sun is a miss
Michael Crichton's books are hit or miss. Rising Sun is a miss. I think it's supposed to be taking place during the mid to late 1980s when there was an influx of Japanese business... Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by Sarah Sammis
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
Instead of being an engaging novel, Rising Sun was a political platform from which to vent about the disintegration of the American economy at the hands of the Japanese. Read more
Published on April 17 2004 by Marie Evensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the movie
I never thought I would say that, especially with a Crichton novel, but this one was really not as good as the movie. Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by Daniel Grossberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !!!
Great read. we get a good peak at japanese customs and the financial tech rivaly betwen the US and the Japs. Good fun. Read more
Published on March 3 2004 by Vikram Ramanathan
2.0 out of 5 stars engaging, but soggy and dated
Crichton departs from his usual formula in "Rising Sun", and the changes are not good ones. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2003 by erica
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book
In the 80s the big American fear, especially in California, was that the Japanese businesses were going to take over. Read more
Published on July 6 2003 by MISTER SJEM
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Engaging
From reading some of his other novels, I already knew that Michael Crichton is a great storyteller. After finishing Rising Sun, I can also say that he is adept at handling diverse... Read more
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