Very good story about a murder. American investigator gets led into the heart of Japanese culture guided by an japanese expert.
This author is always a good read.
This book was a #1 bestseller that was made into a movie, as well as a New York Times Notable book and a Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection. It's a fast-paced thriller by Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park, Congo, and the Andromeda Strain. From the back cover: "the Japanese saying 'Business is war' takes on a terrifying reality...." I believe the Japanese protested this depiction of their culture.
"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 woman is discovered.
The investigation beging...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 ..." (From the back cover)