Rising Sun, by Michael Crichton
When I picked up this, I wasn't sure if I'd read it or not. The plot quickly became familiar to me, but I had read it long ago enough that I didn't know how it would end. The plot begins with a beautiful woman found dead on a boardroom table, just one floor up from a huge Japanese party. The story is about a detective trying to figure out what happened.
This book was good and riviting, but in my opinion it spent too much time harping on the dangers of Japanese economic competition, Japanese corperations taking over the US, and that sort of thing. Still, a quick and fun read.
A Time of Need, by Michael Crichton
Like the above book, I'd read this one a long time ago. This one I didn't recognize until the very end, although bits of it felt familiar. Boy my memory is shot! It's a story about a young woman who dies, apparently from a botched illegal abortion. A doctor is arrested for it, and a pathologist is a friend who searches out the truth of what happened.
This book was fascinating and very hard to put down. Crighton always does a good job of keeping your attention and making you want to see what happens next. This book also had an agenda though, and it spent a little too much time for my taste preaching the necessity of legal abortion. (It was first published in 1969.)