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Rising Sun School & Library Binding – Jan 1 1993


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  • School & Library Binding: 399 pages
  • Publisher: San Val (January 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613222695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613222693
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 11.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 263 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)


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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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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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By Marie Dorego on 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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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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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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By Vikram Ramanathan on 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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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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