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Company Man | [Joseph Finder]

Company Man

Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility.
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Publisher's Summary

Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility. When his family is threatened by a nameless stalker, events spin quickly out of control and Nick is faced with a dead body and damning circumstances. To protect his family, he must cover up the homicide with the help of his old friend and corporate security director.

Now Audrey Rhimes, a police investigator with an agenda of her own, is determined to connect Nick to the homicide. In the meantime, Nick begins to unravel a web of intrigue within his own corporation, involving his closest colleagues, that threatens to gut the company and bring him down with it. With everything he spent his life working for hanging in the balance, Nick Conover discovers that life at the top is just one small step away from a long plunge to the bottom.

©2005 Joseph Finder; (P)2005 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"A frightfully good suspense thriller." (Booklist)
"Mr. Finder's Company Man confirms what his Paranoia made clear: he has unusually keen instincts for back-stabbing in the business world. And somehow or other, exotica about the workings of a company that manufactures office furniture become unnaturally interesting here." (The New York Times)

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 01-15-11
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 01-15-11 Member Since 2015

    How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!

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    "Unique With Characters You Can Identify With"

    It is a great thriller involving a man I am sure most of us know. Well worth a credit. Finder is a great author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 06-07-08
    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 06-07-08 Member Since 2015

    Listening since 2004. Mystery, thrillers and anything that can blend with a walk, jog, exercise, long drive or a wait at the airport.

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    "A Classic"

    This is really a good book. A good plot. Well etched characters. The book is superbly read.

    If you like a good mystery with thrills...do not think too much..use your credit on this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    05-28-08
    05-28-08 Listener Since 2005
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    "Great Pace"

    You know right away in this book what the crime was, and who committed it. From that point on, the reader is led to walk with the main character as his walls start closing in on him, and it really is a nerve-wrecking walk! I liked getting to know all of the characters as well, and thought the story was all around, well written & exciting! Recommended for anyone who likes a good suspense story - this one is set against the personal life of a corporate CEO.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA USA 05-31-06
    Amazon Customer Los Angeles, CA USA 05-31-06 Member Since 2014

    beglad

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    "Mixed feelings"

    Very good description of the issues facing the CEO of a modern company. All of the references to technology, accounting, corporate law, board meetings, etc. are very believeable. I have some experience running modern companies so I do know whereof I speak. I don't pretend to know about police procedures, but they seem to have been well researched too. Also the description of the dire effects of outsourcing and downsizing are presented fairly. The author did his research and did it well. The way the book ends is perhaps just a bit too pat. But that's a minor carp.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Reese 12-27-05 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Entertainment"

    I am amazed by the number of bad reviews on this book. I have 2 hr to go on this one and it is one of the best listens to date for me. If you liked Paranoia, you can't help but like this one. I was immediatly engaged and stayed that way through the entire book.
    Highly recommended!!!

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    Mary S 12-09-05
    Mary S 12-09-05 Member Since 2008
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    "Not Too Bad!"

    The end was a dead give-away before the story ended. That was the disappointing part. The book kept you paced, with a few twists here and there. I can't honestly say that the ending give-away would have given the book a better rating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janis Lilburn, GA, USA 10-12-05
    Janis Lilburn, GA, USA 10-12-05 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Read"

    Being a reader of mysteries and supense novels I find I can usually figure out the ending long before it ends, but Company Man had me totally confused as to who the culprit was. Once it got started I couldn't stop listening. I found it to be a enjoyable and very satisfying read. I look forward with anticipation to seeing more of Finder's books on Audible.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Dallas 07-06-05
    Joel Dallas 07-06-05 Member Since 2002

    I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.

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    "Good story; good reader"

    The combination of Joseph Finder and Scott Brick makes for an excellent listen. Scott Brick is the best reader around. It is hard to turn the book off.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emese Wahiawa, HI, USA 06-24-05
    Emese Wahiawa, HI, USA 06-24-05
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    "Liked Paranoia, ...but this was awful"

    I really liked Paranoia and looked forward to another book by Finder. This, however proved to be an anticlimax. The plot is simplistic-- like the author have read a bunch of mediocre books and cut and pasted the story together. The characters are unbelievably bland and full of cliches. Every thought or action is drawn out and overdone. It seems like things are described at least three times- when they actually happen, when someone finds out what happened, and when he or she tells another character about what they found out. The 'twists' are transparent and predictable, you can not believe that the people did not see them coming. The strong language would not have bothered me had there been some purpose behind the words, but of course there was none.
    All in all a bad investment. I went to the bookstore and checked out the end (no suprises) and saved myself the agony of having to listen to the entire book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Novi, MI, USA 06-22-05
    Jeff Novi, MI, USA 06-22-05 Member Since 2007
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    "Suspenseful, moving, and moral"

    This was an outstanding book. The suspense is continually ratcheted up to the nail-biting climax. Even when some plot points become clear, how all the threads will be resolved remains a mystery to the very end. And what a refreshing change to have a hero who, although seriously flawed, is moral and good. Character-wise, I can only criticize Detective Rhimes, who is a bit too perfect. But that's a minor quibble.

    Scott Brick's narration is, as always, perfect. Off to download "Paranoia" now.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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