Rising Sun by Michael Crichton

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From the author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes this riveting thriller of corporate intrigue and cutthroat competition between American and Japanese business interests.
“As well built a thrill machine as a suspense novel can be.”—The New York Times Book Review
On the forty-fifth floor of the Nakamoto tower in downtown Los Angeles—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 corpse of a beautiful young woman is discovered.
The investigation immediately becomes a headlong chase through a twisting maze of industrial intrigue, a no-holds-barred conflict in which control of a vital American technology is the fiercely coveted prize—and in which the Japanese saying “Business is war” takes on a terrifying reality.
“A grand maze of plot twists . . . Crichton’s gift for spinning a timely yarn is going to be enough, once again, to serve a current tenant of the bestseller list with an eviction notice.”—New York Daily News
“The action in Rising Sun unfolds at a breathless pace.”—Business Week

About Michael Crichton

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Michael Crichton’s novels include The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, and The Lost World. He was as well the creator of the television series ER. Crichton died in 2008.
Published May 14, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 413 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Connor's commentary is always fascinating but, as the serpentine case coils on, numerous instances of Japanese financial dirty dealing are cited by characters who disparage the Japanese sufficiently ("The Japanese don't believe in fair trade at all";

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Though the point of the story is who killed the call girl Cheryl Austin (Tatjana Patitz), that's only the excuse for Mr. Crichton's and the film's larger concerns: American-Japanese trade relations and the unscrupulous practices that give the Japanese such an edge.

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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....

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Entertainment Weekly

The mystery-thriller Rising Sun is about a couple of Los Angeles detectives who investigate a homicide they think is being covered up by a powerful Japanese corporation.

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Entertainment Weekly

The New York Times Book Review not only put Rising Sun on its cover, it also published rare (for the Times) dueling views of the book, one aggressively pro, the other virulently anti (''the latest, and least subtle, of a great tide of recent books demonizing the Japanese'').

Feb 28 1992 | Read Full Review of Rising Sun

Gather Books

Crichton masterfully weaves around the truth, giving you glimpses of what might be reality, only to take a totally different path.

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cops designated as liaisons to the city's Japanese community, trying to solve the murder of a young (and tall and blond) American woman, played by model Tatjana Patitz, at an office building owned by a Japanese conglomerate.

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There's no screwing around.' " As Smith investigates the murder, using sophisticated videotape equipment (Japanese, of course), Crichton muddies things by dropping in lots of Japanese phrases, often untranslated, and by having his characters use nonidiomatic metric measurements.

Mar 16 1992 | Read Full Review of Rising Sun

London Review of Books

On learning Japanese, St Francis Xavier, the 16th-century Jesuit, called it “The devil’s tongue”.’ The Japanese Conspiracy: Their Plot to Dominate Industry World-Wide, and How to Deal with It Marvin Wolf, 1983 If you don’t want Japan to buy it, don’t sell it.

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Time Out New York

Striving to downplay the more racist elements of Michael Crichton's novel, Kaufman's PC adaptation falls awkwardly between the conventions of the Hollywood conspiracy thriller and something intended as more artily significant.

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Rolling Stone

When Philip Kaufman decided to direct and co-write a movie based on Michael Crichton's 1992 best seller Rising Sun, he heralded his own public stoning.

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Rising Sun waters down the more contentious aspects of Michael Crichton's controversial bestseller about Japanese influence in the United States, while remaining faithful to its mechanical plotting and superficial characterizations.

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Star Pulse

Full Summary >> Cast: Sean Connery - (John Connor) Wesley Snipes - (Web Smith) Harvey Keitel - (Tom Graham) Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa - (Eddie Sakamura) Kevin Anderson - (Bob Richmond) Philip Kaufman's adaptation of Michael Crichton's Japan-bashing potboiler is a fairly standard buddy-cop movie feat...

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