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
"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)
For the first hour or so I believed the plot was so transparent that I would not finish the book. Even so there was plenty to keep me going until I realized there were layers and layers of plots and that I should ignore what I thought I knew.
It's a good thing I did because this novel delivers a lot of bang for the buck. It's a thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat (or driving around and around the block) with very human characters that really grab you. There are a number of characters I hope the author follows in later books, but to protect the suspense I won't say who they are.
<i>Paranoia</i> was good, <i>Company Man</i> is great.
Joseph Finder is now on my list of favorites authors along with Nelson Demille, ahead, even, of Robert Ludlum.
I loved "Paranoia" the last of Finder's books. But this novel far surpasses it. There are many characters in this book and they are all well drawn. I loved many of them even if they were working against eachother.
It is exciting from the beginning: heart pouding. So well written that I thoroughly enjoyed the way he brought instant life into every scene
After I finished it I felt the way I did after Hoag's "To kill the Messanger" - Satisfied!
While hesitating to purchsase this book, I saw that Scott Brick had narrated it. That made up my mind. I was instantly mesmerized; Scott's incredible vocalizations makes any book he reads come alive in a way that no other narrator can.
Company Man kept me awake, especially towards the end. The amazing twists and turns were completely unexpected. There aren't enough stars to rate it fairly. Thanks for a wonderful "read."
Audible Member Since 2003
I too previously listened to PARANOIA and enjoyed it enough to give COMPANY MAN a try. I was not disappointed and feel that COMPANY MAN is a better book overall, with more plot twists and detail. Like PARANOIA, the author writes in a contempory fashion, describing modern mundanities like corporate politics, instant messaging, Google, Voicemail, Spam (Nigerians who wish to share their pilferred millions with nobody but you), and infuriatingly slow-moving gates at the "gated community."
This book is NOT by any means a "classic," brimming with eloquent, inspirational prose. However, I did not expect it to be. COMPANY MAN is pure entertainment, easy to listen to, keeping one looking forward to the next chapter. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Cliches? Sure, plenty of them. Predictable? Sometimes, but so what? That is part of the fun, like watching a Hollywood thriller. Certainly well worth the price of admission and one of my more enjoyable listens from Audible.
I read a hundred books a year, most of them thrillers, and I'm a very picky reader. I abandon half the books I start because they just don't hold my attention. Bearing all this in mind, COMPANY MAN just claimed a firm place on the list of the top ten thrillers I've read. Ever. It's a pressure cooker of tension from the beginning and it never lets up. Finder has become one of those few authors whose next book I anxiously await.
Well done mystery-suspense in the corporate world. Business intrigue and back stabbing.
I read this right after reading Paranoia. These are stand alone books and not related. They are different. Paranoia was edge-of-your-seat-suspense and scary. It’s characters were more toward the extremes: abusive angry father, slacker protagonist, and unethical corporate leaders. Company Man was harder to write because most of the characters were like ordinary everyday people. But the author did it well. He made them interesting. I liked the relationships, the plots, how things happened, and the in-depth character development. It is hard to make corporate things interesting, but he did. It wasn’t a “wow” kind of book. But it’s a good book and worth rounding up to 5 stars.
I don’t like cliffhanger endings at the end of chapters. It’s manipulative. The author did this a few times which annoyed me. I prefer scenes finish to their conclusion before going elsewhere. One example was in chapter 104. The board is meeting, a person enters the meeting to do something critical. The chapter ends at that moment and goes to something else with other characters.
There are two main plots. 1. Nick is CEO of a furniture manufacturer. The board of directors forces Nick to lay off half the workforce. Therefore Nick is the most hated man in town. Nick shoots someone in self defense and hides it from the cops. Audrey is the homicide detective investigating the shooting. She uncovers clues throughout the book. Nick is worried. 2. Some corporate officers have been doing things in the company without telling Nick and against Nick’s wishes. Nick slowly discovers what’s going on, and has to figure out what to do about it. 3. A third element is the importance of family - a smaller part but good.
CAUTION SPOILERS (Things I would have wanted to know before I read the book):
When Nick hid the shooting from the cops, my first thought was I don’t want to read a story where someone knows about it and blackmails Nick. Too many authors do that. I’m tired of it. I’m happy to say that is NOT what this is about.
I “require” happy endings. I don’t want the guys I root for to go to jail or get killed. And this ending was good for me.
Scott Brick is not a favorite of mine. He is sometimes too sarcastic, condescending, and smart-alecky. But in this book he was very good. He did women and children well which a lot of male narrators don’t do.
Could have been improved. A few times there was no pause between a sentence and the narrator saying “Chapter 39” (the next chapter). It was unsettling.
Genre: mystery suspense.
I am a big fan of Joseph Finder ever since I listened to Paranoia (a must listen as well if you have not already done so) and I really enjoyed this title. I enjoyed the narration by Scott Brick, as always and I like Finder's ability to create a "young" corporate thriller that captures the business landscape that many of us find ourselves in. Often times corporate dramas are set in old, dark and dry settings whereas his backdrops effortlessly weave small town America with big money, high stakes corporations. His protagonists are always well developed and likable and leave you rooting for them to pull through. Well done and a must listen!
A very good, entertaining read/listen... I enjoyed it very much, but the ending was a bit pradictable. I like all this writers book, and especially I enjoy his narrator, Scott Brick. This one I found to be not quite as good as "KILLER INSTINCT", which I enjoyed ALL the way till the end and wanted more ...
Absolutely worth it!
entertainment rating = 8/10,
intelligence rating = 7/10,
artistic rating = 5/10
As with his first book, Paranoia, this book had me hooked from the start. Very real, hard lessons and consequenses of the corporate world as well as how it can spill over into your personal life. Full of twists and turns.
I can't wait for his next book.
I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.
I went back and forth about whether or not to buy this book for months; I had loved other Joseph Finder books, but the synopsis for this one just didn't look that interesting to me.
I'm so glad I finally got it. I found this story far more interesting than the summary represented. The part of the story that focused on the corporate issues was awesome, and the storyline about the police detective was fantastic.
I'm a fan of Scott Brick (the narrator) but BE WARNED - he tends to inspire a strong reaction from people, either very positive or very negative. If you aren't already a fan of Scott Brick, make sure to listen to the sample before making a final decision on whether to buy.
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