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3.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 53.72 out of 5 3.72 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Finder Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2006 ISBN: 9781593976989
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Company Man, a deft mix of compelling story, distinctive narrative voice and full-bodied characterization, once again proves Finder to be a master of the modern thriller. Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, Nick - having presided over massive layoffs - is now the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he’s struggling to insulate his ten-year-old daughter and angry sixteen-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. Now Audrey Rhimes, a police investigator with an agenda of her own, is determined to connect Nick to the homicide. Nick, in the meantime, 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. Nick Conover discovers that life at the top is just one small step away from a long plunge to the bottom.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Finder skillfully places his story of corporate intrigue (who is trying to sell the company, and why?) in counterpoint to the unraveling of a family’s secrets (why is Nick’s son Lucas so disturbed?), and the plot, which also features rogue cops and at least one homicide, accelerates to a headlong finish.”

    New Yorker

  • “The business thriller is rejuvenated by Joseph Finder with Company Man. That’s because Finder puts the emphasis on sharply created characters instead of potentially eye-glazing business minutiae.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Finder expertly doles out the suspense and comes up with a climactic twist…A highly efficient thriller combining state-of-the-art corporate malfeasance with the old-fashioned kind.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A solid, engrossing thriller…The novel’s pacing is strong, with steady suspense…There are few thriller fans who won’t stay up to finish this assured tale.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Propulsive…Should cement Finder’s reputation as a reliable chronicler of the perils lurking in e-mail and the executive suite.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Finder has become a master of the modern thriller. There are twists and deceptions packed in here…Once again, Finder has managed to update the claustrophobic thriller into something that resonates with our times…Joseph Finder has secured his niche as a master of the contemporary corporate thriller, a smart plotter in touch with our new century’s soft spots.”

    Boston Globe

  • “A frightfully good suspense thriller.”

    Booklist

  • “Not only fast-paced excitement, but also sympathetic characters with authentic back stories and realistic situations.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Once again, Finder has produced a page-turning corporate thriller with enough twists and turns for any reader.”

    Denver Post

  • “At long last someone has done for executives what John Grisham did for lawyers: create fictional ones sufficiently three-dimensional to care about…The book doesn’t slow down for a second.”

    Fortune

  • “Compelling…Company Man confirms what Paranoia made clear: [Finder] has unusually keen instincts for backstabbing in the business world…As much a novel about the chicanery of the business world as it is a mystery story…Finder weaves these prospects menacingly throughout the story.”

    New York Times

  • “Sharply created characters…Makes the workplace as duplicitous a world as any in the Cold War. Company Man resonates with anyone who has seen corporate politics at its worst.”

    Orlando Sun-Sentinel

  • “It’s everything a thriller should be: suspenseful, entertaining—and, above all, thrilling.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Finder (who last mined corporate culture in 2004’s Paranoia) expertly keeps the pages turning as he ups the stakes chapter after chapter in Conover’s professional and personal life. He is equally confident in portraying the small stuff involving family conflicts, marriages in turmoil, and especially the telling details of corporate life…It more than achieves its goal of entertaining the reader—as good thriller is supposed to do.”

    Baltimore Sun

  • Winner of the 2006 Barry Award for Best Thriller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2006 Gumshoe Award for Best Thriller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Beanse | 2/13/2014

    " Meh. IT was a little long in the tooth for my taste. I liked the lead character, Nick, but little else. I felt like this book was just too long winded, too much info and side plots about the sub-characters. Hope the other Finder books are not this overly written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie | 2/12/2014

    " This is the first of Finder's books that I read. It was so good, I sought out and read the rest of his. Company Man remained one of my favorites. Starting out it reminded me of Grisham's early books, before they started having that 'sameness' about them ... but Finder's books are all different and all excellent mystery stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/29/2014

    " Really enjoying this author. I am now reading my 3rd book by this same author,just starting the book but it looks good so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victor Claar | 1/24/2014

    " Had to read this one since it is sent in the heart of the office furniture industry in Dutch-settled West Michigan--which is also home to Hope College. The author gets both the geographic setting and the local culture just right; for a reality-check I read this one together with a former VP from Herman Miller. She liked it, and I did, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/21/2014

    " Good. Sustained interest. Too many slimy characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheena | 1/7/2014

    " A very good whodunit. Kept me engaged until the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samuel | 1/6/2014

    " It confuzzled me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina Allbert | 1/5/2014

    " I really enjoy Finder's novels. I like that each takes place in a different industry and do not have predictable endings. You care for the characters who are complex and tread that line of right and wrong in corporate America. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 12/23/2013

    " Good mystery that takes place in Michigan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon Black | 12/6/2013

    " It was okay, but not as good as the first book of his that I read. Also the storylines are very similar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 11/13/2013

    " A thriller till the end. Interesting background on corporate life as well as company towns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Lombardo | 10/23/2013

    " This is the first book I have read by this author but I'm sure not the last. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom & | 10/21/2013

    " Pretty Good. Similar to Grisham. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendar88 | 4/28/2013

    " Started off slow and was not as interesting. Last half of the book was much better and exciting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa Scott | 3/23/2013

    " Joseph Finder is a very talented author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 12/7/2012

    " My first book by Joseph Finder and really enjoyed it. Wasn't sure if it would slow down my 1 book per day holiday reading streak as it's pretty thick, but as it was a good story this wasn't a problem. From other comments it looks like his other books are going to be a good read too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 9/28/2012

    " Good psychological thriller with multiple plot lines. Written pre-recession, but eerily current. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Rivera | 4/28/2012

    " I actually had to read this for a literature class my sophomore year of college and found it surprisingly good. The book is a good 500+ pages long and somehow it's one of the few books of that length that I've read in a weekend. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lobstergirl | 3/14/2012

    " He's no Emile Zola. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erik | 11/19/2011

    " Corporate intrigue is something Finder does well time and again, this is no exception. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike OConnor | 7/20/2011

    " Sometimes the convenience of reading a book plays in the rating. I like Joseph Finder but this was the hardbound copy and it was too big and bulky to read conveniently. Ergo the lower rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 nora | 6/22/2011

    " this book kept me turning pages, and is a great hriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 5/11/2011

    " Takes place in Michigan. Also, it makes reference to Steelcase and Herman Miller (Zeeland my hometown) company. It was gripping a must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 4/4/2011

    " Joseph Finder is a very talented author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kendar88 | 3/27/2011

    " Started off slow and was not as interesting. Last half of the book was much better and exciting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 12/20/2010

    " A thriller so good I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andalus | 12/15/2010

    " Interesting novel and theme.
    I liked it.

    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 11/24/2010

    " His books are all page-turners ! easy to listen to in the car ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 10/6/2010

    " This is the first book I have read by this author but I'm sure not the last. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 MzDivaDawn | 8/13/2010

    " Any book that opens up with violence and/or killing of an animal is enough to ENRAGE me -- if I could give this a MINUS rating, I would "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 7/25/2010

    " Any one with a corporate life will enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S.R.R. | 5/19/2010

    " Another great thriller by J. F.
    He never disappoints. "

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About the Author
Author Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder is the author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels, including Paranoia, Power Play, and Vanished.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.