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Rising Sun (1992) [Novel]
by Michael Crichton Rating: Weighted - 6.5 / Average - 6.5 of 10 (23 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

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 women is discovered.

The investigation begins...and 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 the Japanese saying "business is war" takes on a terrifying reality...

Original title: Rising Sun
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryDetective Story and DetectivesGeneral


  • To my mother, Zula Miller Crichton


Edition #1: Rising Sun

Rising Sun (1992)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Dazzling... a bravura performance... As well built a thrill machine as a suspense novel can be." The New York Times Book Review
  • "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
  • "Every so often, a work of popular fiction vaults over its humble origins as entertainment, grasps the American imagination and stirs up the volcanic subtexts of our daily life. Uncel Tom's Cabin was that kind of book; so was Laura Z. Hobson's Gentlemen's Agreement. Michael Crichton's eighth novel, RISING SUN, a thriller set against the backdrop of current American-Japanese tensions, is likely to be another... A shocking and ominous polemic, RISING SUN is at the heart a rallying cry.... That Mr. Crichton effortlessly weaves a mesmerizing mystery comes as no surprise. Witty and erudite, he can already lay claim to one of America's heavyweight titles: Most Serious Suspense Novelist. That he should now write so passionately and engagingly on matters of Japanese culture and the survival of a free and productive America--that is the surprise of RISING SUN... RISING SUN exposes the raw nerves of a country in profound economic distress, of a people with declining faith in themselves, their leaders and their past, a people very uneasy about their future. Despite the book's provocative tone, Mr. Crichton is no xenophobe, no fool, no ranting bigot. The questions he poses are of great consequence in the debate about America's condition at the end of the American century. What more could one ask of popular fiction?" The New York Times Book Review (Front page review)
  • "Extraordinary... Where Crichton really excels [is] the detailing of the many ways in which Japan has penetrated America, and the very real dangers this poses. The Japanese make no bones that to them business is war, and that a part of the war is conducted by neutralizing public opinion." Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Remarkably timely... The plot of RISING SUN thicken[s] at a satisfying pace... Let us hope that Mr. Crichton's assiduously researched fantasy does not turn out to be too extremely timely." The New York Times
  • "[A] tense, fast-paced murder mystery." Playboy
  • "Fascinating... Suspenseful... Technologically riveting... Bound to attract controversy and a huge readership." The Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
  • "Enough mystery and suspense to keep the reader hooked... [The] glimpses into the deep-rooted otherness of Japanese mores are fascinating. So is the book's science, as one might expect from an author with an M.D. degree and a long line of bestsellers with high-tech plots." USA Today
  • "[This] startingly entertaining, well-researched thriller cannot be easily dismissed as Japan-bashing because it raises improtaint questions about that country's adversarial trade strategy and our inadequate response to it." Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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Rising Sun (November 23, 1992)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0345380371
Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.8 x 1.0 in
Pages: 399

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