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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,775 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Finder Narrator: Scott Bric Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.”


  • “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

  • “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

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

    Chicago Sun-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

  • “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

  • “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.”


  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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