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Company Man

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  4,191 Ratings  ·  252 Reviews

Nick Conover is the CEO of a major corporation, a local boy made good, and once the most admired man in a company town. But that was before the layoffs. When a faceless stalker menaces his family, Nick, a single father of two since the recent death of his wife, finds that the gated scommunity they live in is no protection at all. He decides to take action,
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Published April 19th 2005 by Macmillan Audio (first published January 1st 2005)
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Paul O'Neill
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finder is the king of suspense! Another strong book recommended for all thriller fans.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Sep 06, 2011 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
Marsha Ward
Sep 13, 2010 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
Jeff Dickison
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
Jun 30, 2016 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
Nick Conover, the main character in the story, is the CEO of Stratton Corp. Nick recently lost his wife in a tragic accident and he and his children are still grieving. Thankfully, Nick has his work, but his community image has changed when he approved the decision to lay of hundreds of workers as the company faces some difficult time; but Nick is about to find out that nothing is as it seems, both in his corporate world and in his personal life and has to determine who he can trust. In the midd ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't expecting much from this book when I picked it up from the bottom shelf of our bookcase. My husband bought it way before we even met, and I was thinking, perhaps it's not something I'd necessarily chose to read myself. Surprisingly though, the story kept me engaged throughout. I rooted for Nick, despite of what he did, despite of the bad decisions he has made. My heart went out to Audrey as she tried to bring back the spark which has gone from her marriage. All the characters were flesh ...more
Jane Stewart
Aug 02, 2014 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
Feb 08, 2015 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
Nov 01, 2010 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
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: legal and corporate thriller fans
Shelves: mooched
Six-Word Review: Successful man, now hated, soon persecuted.

Nick Conover, CEO of a furniture Company and single father of two, sees his business begin to struggle and he must lay off 5,000 workers. He also shoots a disgruntled ex-employee spouting gibberish on his front lawn. Unfortunately, from a legal perspective, protecting his home only applies if the intruder is in the house. He enlists his head of security to move the body to the shady part of town - bad idea.

He's now the target of law enf
Stephen Tremp
Dec 12, 2010 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 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 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 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".
Fredrick Danysh
CEO Nick Conover was once the hero of town before the layoffs began. As a widower he is protective of his son. When the boy is threatened he takes action to defend him against the enemy who might be people that he is close to.
Tory Hunz
Mar 14, 2009 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.
Theresa Scott
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Finder is a very talented author!
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Joseph Finder doet in dit boek iets wat ik niet voor mogelijk had gehouden: hij beschrijft een vergadering met de raad van bestuur van een grote firma zo spannend, dat de adrenaline je oren uitkomt. Slachtoffer van deze vergadering is Nick Conover. Nick is de directeur van een grote firma in kantoormeubilair, Stratton. Deze firma is gevestigd in het kleine stadje Fenwick, en al generaties lang is de bevolking van Fenwick eigenlijk min of meer afhankelijk van de fabriek. Een slechte zaak, want na ...more
Jojo Anthonio-van Zeele
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-england
Blasted through this in a couple of days to take a break from listening to Into the Water. Totally enthralling even though I mostly thought I knew what was going on. (I did, but I was way off in some parts.)
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a credit to Finder's writing that I spent most of the book going back and forth between deciding whether to be sympathetic to the "Company Man" Nick Conover, or just have him face the music already. Great suspense up to the very end
Brian O'Leary
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great main character, good ending, great pacing.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid suspenseful read.
Ada Iaboni
Sep 12, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I gave half the book before I gave up!
I just could not get into this story, or the characters, or give a darn about any of them.
Nothing about this story took me in to go to the end of it!
S Vanorse
Sep 20, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After reading 100 plus pages I have no desire to continue.
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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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