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Company Man

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  3,952 Ratings  ·  236 Reviews
"A high octane thrill ride!" - San Francisco Chronicle on Paranoia

Joseph Finder's New York Times bestseller Paranoia was hailed by critics as "jet-propelled," the "Page Turner of the Year," and "the archetype of the thriller in its contemporary form."

Now Finder returns with Company Man - a heart-stopping thriller about ambition, betrayal, and the price of secrets.

Nick Cono
Paperback, 592 pages
Published March 7th 2006 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2005)
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Paul O'Neill
Dec 23, 2016 Paul O'Neill rated it really liked it
Finder is the king of suspense! Another strong book recommended for all thriller fans.
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.
Feb 01, 2013 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
Mar 13, 2014 Jamie rated it really liked it
My favorite Joseph Finder novel so far. A creepy man shows up on your lawn late at night yelling incoherently. What do you do? As a corporate professional with kids you feel paranoid. You feel threatened so you call a friend. Intruder is shot dead. Now you feel more paranoid. Apparently Castle Doctrine does not apply here. Intruder must be inside home not out on lawn. So you conspire to move the body. Make it look like he died somewhere else. But what if there is proof he was there? Then what? W ...more
Dec 07, 2012 Tiffunee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 06, 2011 Shane rated it liked it
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
Marsha Ward
Sep 13, 2010 Marsha Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 30, 2016 Eileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would definitely give this 4 stars. A good thriller with good guys, bad guys, twists and suspense. Recommend
Jeff Dickison
Mar 31, 2017 Jeff Dickison rated it it was ok
This was not a very good book because the author made his main character an idiot. He supposedly was a CEO of a major manufacturing firm, but he acted like a mentally challenged 6-year old. It was all I could do to finish the story. And the police reaction to the CEO was completely unrealistic. In most towns the police chief serves under the mayor. In my small town the mayor would kiss the ass of any CEO who traveled within a hundred miles, and if he murdered someone, the mayor would insist that ...more
Jane Stewart
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
Feb 08, 2015 Judie rated it it was ok
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
Nov 01, 2010 Will rated it really liked it

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
Stephen Tremp
Dec 12, 2010 Stephen Tremp rated it really liked it
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
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 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's one of th ...more
Sep 05, 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
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.
Theresa Scott
Apr 04, 2011 Theresa Scott rated it it was amazing
Joseph Finder is a very talented author!
Joke Van Zeele
Jun 03, 2017 Joke Van Zeele rated it it was amazing
For me reading is all about feeling...and I felt a lot by reading this book!
First I wanted to marry Nick Conover, to take care of him and his children. I know what it is like to be out of one's depth. Taking one step at a time...moment for moment... All you can do is go on and try to survive.
But next to all of this; this story is full of real people, lively dialogues, an intelligent plot and a growing feeling of danger and suspense. A very gripping tale that wants you to read on and on.

I started
Frederick Tan
Mar 23, 2017 Frederick Tan rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, crime
A wonderfully written book with all the twist and turn of a real masterpiece. Nick is the CEO of a major corporation of Fenwick. A local boy success story that made the community proud. However, bad time is upon Stratton and many workers were laid off which in turn soured the community perception of Nick. On top of that some disgruntled former worker begun to stalk his family leading to a tragic consequences. To make matter worse, there is a power struggle going on in Stratton that keep Nick on ...more
John Monaghan
May 23, 2017 John Monaghan rated it it was ok
Hard to get through this one. I could not find a steady pace and never got to where I could sit back and enjoy the book.
Julie Carter
May 16, 2017 Julie Carter rated it really liked it
This book was a little slower starting for me. I found it not quite as intriguing as his other stories, and I figured out the end pretty early on.
Farnoosh Brock
Apr 13, 2013 Farnoosh Brock rated it really liked it
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
Nov 25, 2014 Walter rated it liked it
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
Feb 02, 2016 Dana rated it really liked it
The Company Man was another thriller by Joseph Finder, my new guilty pleasure author. His novels are pure entertainment! The premise of this was that Nick was a CEO of a large company with prominent past, who was hated by the thousands of people in his small town after the company laid them off. Nick was being threatened at his home, but the police weren't much help since they too disliked Nick. When Nick finally took matters into his own hands, he ended up in a situation that threatened to dest ...more
Feb 20, 2017 Paul rated it really liked it
Well written, but a bit long. Good characters and story line. I will definitely read another Finder book.
Dec 05, 2012 Ronna rated it it was amazing
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
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
May 26, 2009 Tony rated it really liked it
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
Darren Ashley
COMPANY MAN Nick Conover, the CEO of Stratton, Flint Michigan’s main employer, has to lay off thousands as his company struggles, forcing him to stay out of the public as much as possible to avoid facing past employees while raising his children, Lucas and Julia indendently, after losing his wife Laura recently. Nick lives in a gated community in a mcmansion loaded with all of the top of the line amenities, technology, and security that can accommodate an estate but has to live on edge when graf ...more
Richard Good
Nov 01, 2011 Richard Good rated it really liked it
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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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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