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Rising Sun [School & Library Binding]

Michael Crichton
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January 1993 0613222695 978-0613222693
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.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Foreshadowing of Present Times Oct. 19 2008
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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 should read or perhaps reread this book. It sets a murder mystery in a time when the Japanese were buying up many American businesses although the Japanese were not alone in doing this (Germans, British, etc, etc). They were taking their newly acquired companies and often reincorporating them in places like Luxembourg that could provide large tax advantages (i.e. less tax income for the US). The book suggests that these practices weakened the economic spine of this country. The murder mystery itself is set against some rather interesting cultural aspects that lend some interesting qualities.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rising Sun is a miss June 15 2004
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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 ventures in the United States -- especially in California. I remember the xenophobic response from some people of my parents age and especially of people my grandparents age (not everyone, of course). As a teenager, I was surprised, confused and later embarrassed by the reactions of my relatives.
Rising Sun is clearly playing into those sentiments and frankly I don't like it. Both cultures, American and Japanese in this book are reduced to stereotypal representations making for a boring, predicatable and insulting read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment April 17 2004
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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. In an attempt to make this long-winded speech into a ficticious "story", the author offers us faded characters, and dialouge that is unimaginative, listless, and after a while, irritating.
The murder of the young Japanese woman...the event from which the novel supposedly emerged, is apparently still a mystery..an occurance with no meaning, no relevance, and no motivation. This was a disasterous divergence from the author's usual genre.
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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 Not as good as the movie April 7 2004
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I never thought I would say that, especially with a Crichton novel, but this one was really not as good as the movie. The plot wasn't as deep, the characters weren't as developed, the suspense wasn't as great. Perhaps I am just a bit off-set by the lack of science fiction, a staple in most of his novels. Perhaps I just found this story _too_ believable, and the characters _too_ real. In any regard, it was a great book, but not one of his best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic !!! March 3 2004
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Great read. we get a good peak at japanese customs and the financial tech rivaly betwen the US and the Japs. Good fun.And as always MC books high on tech this time the centre piece is video survellience cameras and the gizmos
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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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