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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
Sep 06, 2011 Shane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 28, 2012 Tiffunee rated it really liked it
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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Julie
Although well written, the story didn't work for me. Nick does just too many unbelievably stupid things, and I simply didn't believe it. I almost didn't finish the book (my sense of incredulity snapped); I soldiered through, but there was no sense of joy and no redemption. There was no thrill and no suspense, unless waiting for the main character to be impossibly idiotic is suspenseful. Very disappointing, IMO.
Tim
Oct 22, 2015 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jane Stewart
Aug 02, 2014 Jane Stewart rated it it was amazing
4 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 w
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Judie
Feb 08, 2015 Judie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stratton Corporation was a leading furniture manufacturing company based in Michigan. While its products were premium quality, it was facing competition from competitors who were outsourcing some or all of the work. It became part of an out-of-state conglomerate whose main focus was making more money for the stockholders.
Nicholas Conover, the newly named CEO, found that one of his first tasks was getting rid of almost half the work force so Stratton could cut costs. In a small town, almost eve
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Will
Nov 01, 2010 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Sep 13, 2010 Marsha Ward rated it really liked it
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
Dec 12, 2010 Stephen Tremp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Ellis
May 02, 2012 Nancy Ellis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too seldom these days can you find a "thriller" that isn't full of "oh give me a break" moments when you just get disgusted because it's all so unbelievable. This book was a very pleasant surprise....it had none of those moments, even though there's a new twist to the plot in almost every chapter! Nick Conover's life as a hot shot CEO is falling apart at the seams and he seems powerless to help himself or anybody else. Right from the first chapter I didn't want to put this down....it's one of th ...more
Samyann
Jan 22, 2015 Samyann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Company Man has been around for quite a while. This audiobook version, read by Scott Brick, was released over ten years ago. Unabridged, approximately eighteen hours of listening. The story centers on a Michigan manufacturer, the CEO burdened with unprecedented layoffs. It’s often overlooked how dreadfully difficult it is for the decision maker in layoffs situations. Believe it, the guy that must lay off you or a loved one will likely puke his guts out that night. The boss hates the job as much ...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
Sep 16, 2014 Lou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2009 Tory Hunz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Oct 13, 2014 Wayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 04, 2011 Theresa Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Finder is a very talented author!
Jreader
Dec 25, 2015 Jreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finder's Company Man still on the mark more than 10 years later

I was surprised this had been published in 2005. I thought it was a good story, shared the feel of job out sourcing and the pull away from corporate life that some (those with guts and values) put into play. FInder did a lot of research which shows. Not a lot of holes in the plot lines. Spoiler alert--I figured out the real killer and still kept reading about 2/3 in. Sort of a downer to always have quite personality disordered antago
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Helena
Nov 10, 2009 Helena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
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
Oct 01, 2011 Kevin Allmaras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 06, 2012 Kevin Bresnahan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 13, 2012 Ronna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Dec 18, 2011 Richard Good rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 30, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 06, 2010 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: casual-reads
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
May 20, 2013 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2013 Jan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 13, 2013 Farnoosh Brock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ed
Jul 18, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Stand alone thriller APA: No Hiding Place (2006). 2006 Barry Award for Best Thriller.

Thriller - Nick Conover is CEO of an office furniture company who has had to lay off 5,000 workers in a MI town. The former "Man of the Year" is now known as "Nick the Slasher". After vandalism events at his home including the evisceration of the family dog, he shoots a prowler and attempts to conceal his actions. Meanwhile his corporate position may be under attack.
Gerald Curtis
Nov 12, 2014 Gerald Curtis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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