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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  2,791 ratings  ·  172 reviews
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 ten-year-old daughter and angry sixteen-year-old son from the town’s hostili ...more
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Published April 19th 2005 by Macmillan Audio (first published January 1st 2005)
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Shane
Is it a coincidence that I have read two books over the last two weeks that have competing story-lines vying for prime time? Is this a trend?

A close relative stuck this book in my hand and said, “You’ve dabbled in the corporate game, read this book.” So I did. And I enjoyed the boardroom intrigue of Nick Conover, CEO of a major office furniture manufacturer in the Midwest, facing the hollowing out of manufacturing in North America replete with outsourcing, layoffs at home, take-overs, sell-offs
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Tiffunee
Nick Conover is the CEO of a large office furniture company based in Michigan. The downturn in the economy has resulted in Conover laying off 5000 employees. In their small town, this results in just about every family in town bringing effected in one way or another. Conover has become 'The Slasher' to a town who once loved him.

Conover get threat on his family and morning 'attack' by a mentally disturbed, former employee, who Conover then shoots and kills. His 'shady' security officer moves the
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Jane Stewart
4 ½ stars. 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
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Will

There is a reason that there are two titles on the header. This title was released under both, but as I have just finished reading the 580-page Paperback version (Nowhere to Hide) this is what the review is based upon.

The blurb on the back of the book tells you that the story is about Nick, the CEO of a office furniture company. He reports to Todd who was recruited to serve the interests of the original family owners. There is a token family member on the board, though it is Nick (and Todd) that
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Marsha Ward
First, I don't give many 5-star reviews, although I, of course, crave them, but let's be honest. Not every book you read is going to change your life. Sometimes they just take you on an intensely enjoyable journey while you're immersed in that world. That said, a 4-star review from me is pretty dang high.

Now that we've got that out of the way, I really enjoyed this book, my first from Joe Finder. I liked the protagonist, agonizing over his dire situation, and tried to think how on earth to get h
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Stephen Tremp
CEO Nick Conover of Stratton Corporation goes from beloved town hero to scapegoat and villain when Fairfield Equity takes over and orders him to layoff 5,000 employees in a small town in Michigan. Conover is also struggling with the recent death of his wife and raising, the oldest who are rebelling. To compound matters, Conover is being stalked and his dog is brutally killed. He then kills an innocent man who happens onto his property. He allows his good friend and company security officer to ta ...more
Walter
A new CEO arrives at a small company town to discover that he has been implicated in the murder of a strange man on his property. As the story unfolds, the identity of the victim becomes clearer and the circumstances of his murder involve the CEO in a plot not only to his reputation but to his very life.

Such is the story behind Joseph Finder's crime thriller "Company Man". Honestly, this is not a bad novel. Finder has made his reputation as a writer of thrillers, but most of his thrillers, like
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Lou
This book seemed to start out a corporate intrigue novel, but had many twists and turns in it. It seemed to get bogged down in places, but as the end drew near, there was a twist I did not expect, and it did make this book a "good read".
Tory Hunz
I listened to this book in CD and loved it! There were twists and turns that kept my interest to the point where I brought it inside the house to listen to it when I could. This is my first experience with this author and I thought he was great.
Tim
I found this novel too long, too whiney and too wimpy to enjoy thoroughly. The ending brings it to a tolerable rating. 4 of 10 stars
Shelley
I did not like this book as much as Suspicion or Power Play since I found it too predictable. The main character was not a believable CEO. CEOs are not bored with numbers -they tend to be some of the best at analyzing and understanding them. People are not promoted to that level since they are popular and great guys. Most CEOs I have dealt with are hard nosed business men or women who have considerable intelligence and skill and they have a much better sense of what is going on in their business ...more
Wayne
Another page-turner from Joseph Finder. Like Paranoia, company espionage is a big part of this novel, along with murder, death of the main character's wife, a 10 year old daugter who adores her father, and a 16 year old son who defies his Dad and gets involved with drugs. In addition, there is a moral and very religious female police inspector who is determined to arrest the murderer, but has serious home problems.
Sound confusing. It is not. It is well-written and full of suspense. This 554 page
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Theresa Scott
Joseph Finder is a very talented author!
Helena
Nick Conover, CEO of Stratton Corporation, maker of office furniture, is struggling. Lately, he's had to fire thousands of his employees, by orders from the owners in Boston, and everyone in the town of Fenwick starts hating him. He goes by the name Nick the Slasher. And Nick is also struggling in his family. His wife has died in a car accident, and since the accident he is starting to feel his inadequacies as a parent, as he is totally losing touch with his teenage son. The family home is also ...more
Kevin Allmaras
Company Man is a well written and evenly paced book. The author gives a decent amount of background information on each of the characters. Sometimes a little more than is necessary as the book gives you the information as the story unfolds. Nick Conover the CEO of Stratton Industries has lost his wife in a tragic car accident a little over a year ago. As time moves on for him his son Lucas starts becoming angrier with him and starts screwing up in school. In the mean time at work Nick is becomin ...more
Kevin Bresnahan
Nick Conover is the CEO of a powerful company who had to layoff thousands of workers. He is not a popular man in this small Michigan town. Add to that the sudden death of his wife in a car accident, and two adolescent children that are distant to say the least. As Conover tries to right the company, he is a big target of trouble, and he gets it by killing an intruder who invaded his home. He attempts to cover it up, as some of his colleagues are trying to maniuplate running the company from Cono ...more
Ronna
Looking for award winning mysteries for my mystery book group, I found this 2006 multiple award winner, COMPANY MAN by Joseph Finder. What an exciting rewarding find!! This multi-layered mystery is full of engaging characters who come masterfully to life in Finder's descriptive writing.

Though this was a 2006 mystery, the story line is very 'today'. Nick Conover is the CEO of a large office furniture company based in Michigan. The downturn in the economy has resulted in Conover laying off 5000 em
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Richard Good
This book was mentioned in Donald Maass' "The Fire in Fiction", a book on writing fiction, and it was used to illustrate techniques in creating the "every-man" protagonist. I picked up this novel as part of a project I have started, using the examples in Donald Maass' book as a reading list.

Having never read a corporate thriller before, and having no experience in the corporate world, I dove into the story expecting to be challenged with keeping all the facts and characters clear in my mind. I w
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Tony
Joseph Finder- Company Man (St. Martin’s Press 2005) 4 Stars

This is my first Joseph Finder book, but it certainly won’t be my last. Company Man tells the story of Nick Conover who is the CEO of a big-league company. His family is trying to recover from the death of his wife. He must come to grips with his fatherhood, despite the fact that he and his son share the blame for his wife’s death, at least in their minds they do. On top of that it seems that he is being deceived and undermined at work
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Michael
For a thriller, this was a difficult book to get into. The setting for this tale of corporate intrigue is an office furniture manufacturer, and neither the setting nor characters drew me in. Towards the end of the book, the pace of the story inevitably picked up, and the main characters became more likable, although the characters remained a bit flat in my opinion. This was my second Joseph Finder book, and on both occasions, the main character constantly compared one experience in his past to t ...more
Laura
To be honest, during the first half of this book i found i didn't connect to the story. It didn't bother me at all if i had to put the book down. I wouldn't say it was a chore to read but i wasn't really enjoying it. It also went into a lot of detail - some of which i found unnecessary. There was a lot of `business' talk. I understand that some of it was crucial to the story however i think it could have been cut down quite a bit. Or maybe this book was written for those who like to read about t ...more
Jan
FULL OF IMPLAUSIBILITIES (LIKE WHY WOULD THIS GUY NOT INSTALL A SECURITY SYSTEM IN HIS MANSION THE FIRST TIME HIS HOUSE IS BROKEN INTO, RATHER THAN WAITING TO THE 4TH OF 5TH TIME WHEN HIS DOG IS MURDERED? AND THEN HE SEEMS TO SHRUG OFF THE BREAK-INS WHEN I’D BE REACTING TO THE POLICE ABOUT THEM THE WAY A REAL PERSON WOULD), AND HACKNEYED PLOT DEVICES (THE BLACK WOMAN COP WHO IS CONSTANTLY GIVEN A HARD TIME BY HER MALE COWORKERS WHO ARE SO UNCARING ABOUT THEIR CASES YOU WONDER HOW THEY GOT AND KE ...more
Farnoosh Brock
Sometimes we all have a bad day. Sometimes a really bad day. When I had one of those really bad days a few weeks ago, I needed a big distraction. I picked up Finder’s Company Man and delved into yet another of his thrilling corporate dramas. In comparing Finder’s novels, I enjoyed High Crimes best, followed by Paranoia and then Company Man. In Company Man, Finder gives us a decent thriller, and a page turner with a solid plot, as well as the good writing that always follows – but this is still a ...more
Gerald Curtis
This was my first reading of this author. I felt the story started so slowly and so uninterestingly that I almost gave up on it.

I am so glad I did not. While a bit tedious at the beginning, it was well with the plowing through, because it became an amazingly interesting twist of plots and development of characters.

I wish the author had not had his characters use so much foul language, but, I can’t wait to read more.
Foster Winter
This was a new author to me - recommended through my library site. I got hooked early on as I was rooting for the protagonist yet wanting justice that would be in conflict with that objective. That the setting happened to be in Michigan and the background being industries and locales with which I am familiar was a bonus. But the story was well told.
Kevin Mccaffrey
If one could assign another half "star" I would... almost 5, but not quite This story kept me thoroughly engrossed even though it's rather old 05? at any rate this book has stood the test of time.. well done appropriately paced, enough detail to assure the technogeek{s)
surely am going to peruse Mr Finders' other works.
Scott Bagley
Really well done. This book is different from others in the thriller genre in that the characters have more meat on them in this book than most others. Really well developed characters, even the secondary characthers have a lot to them.

I do need to say that I'm a bit different of a mystery/thriller reader than most, at least I think. I seldom try to figure out what will happen at the end. I'm usually just along for the ride. I could see what would happen in this book, but definitely not the det
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Diane
I like all of Finder's books, and this is no exception. Went back and forth between a 3 or 4 star rating. I don't think this story was quite as tight as some of his others. The public hatred of Nick was a bit overdone, I thought. It also bugged me that someone smart enough to run a company this huge made such bad decisions, like relying on Eddie, who Nick should have known had a shady background, the coverup decision, and hanging out with the murder victim's daughter when obviously the police wo ...more
Mary
You know a book is good when it gets inside you. When you think about what is going on with the characters when the pages are closed and wonder how any one of them might handle a certain situation. In Company Man, Joseph Finder has created such characters. He's also created a tensely-paced, believable thriller.

Nick Conover is a recently-widowed CEO of a large office-furniture plant in Fenwick, MI. When we meet Nick, he’s trying to deal with his two children, 16-year-old Lucas and 10-year-old Jul
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Ozzie Cheek
Recommended to me by someone who works in my local library, someone who, like me, reads a lot. Unfortunately, I found the book in turn frustrating and disappointing. The main character, Nick Conover, is simply the dumbest CEO I've come across in a novel that is set in the business world. What is evident to the reader early on in the book takes Conover the entire book to figure out. Added to this is that he is a stereotypical repressed American male, unable to relate to his children or express hi ...more
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Joseph Finder’s plan was to become a spy. Or maybe a professor of Russian history. Instead he became a bestselling thriller writer, and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for BURIED SECRETS (2011), winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for KILLER INSTINCT (2006) and winner of the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for COMPANY MAN (2005).

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