Since the end of the Cold War, thriller writers have had to scramble to find villains able to throw the world into chaos. Anderson has reached back into the past and uncovered a powerful group of Japanese extremists who plan to avenge Japan's loss of World War II by manipulating the U.S. economy into an irreversible tailspin. Along with the wily Japanese, the bad guys include crooked politicians, cutthroat businessmen, and treacherous lawyers. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Anderson provides genuine insider knowledge of the workings of Washington and an all-too-plausible plot for the economically fragile 1990s, making this a strikingly realistic page-turner. The paucity of sex and violence will be welcomed by librarians wishing to offer their more fastidious patrons an exciting novel to read. Recommended for all libraries. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/93.-- Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
Anderson uses his years as an investigative journalist and Washington insider to write a spine-chilling novel about a Japanese plot to destroy America's economy. Reminiscent of Crichton's "Rising Sun" and Grisham's "The Firm", this story combines speculative paranoia about Japan (Could Japan really take economic control of the U.S.?) with the story of two up-and-coming lawyers (Can they unlock the files containing the firm's secrets before the partners get wind of what they're up to?) and a plucky, principled senator (If she blows the whistle, will she be reelected? Can she circumvent the congressional old-boy network to find the truth?). Just before an important economic summit between the U.S. and Japan, the senator gets an anonymous note about a mysterious "O" fund. The two young lawyers are working on a huge stock offering from an ardent anti-Japanese client. The three don't know it, but they're pulling on opposite ends of a tangled string that, once untangled, will wreak havoc in the U.S. Anderson has combined an often riveting, if sometimes heavy-handed plot with plenty of inside-the-Beltway gossip, down-and-dirty action, and mild sex. There's also a cast of appealing if familiar characters including the ambitious female lawyer, the rebellious male lawyer, the naive senator, the get-rich-at-any-cost bad guys, and the fond-of-sports-metaphors president. Somehow it all works. Anderson almost certainly has a best-seller on his hands: his name alone is enough to attract readers, and his subject matter is headline hot. Buy lots of copies.