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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 community they live in is no protection at all. He decides to take action, a tragedy ensues — and immediately his life spirals out of control...

At work, Nick begins to uncover a conspiracy against him, involving some of his closest colleagues. He doesn't know who he can trust — including the brilliant, troubled new woman in his life. Meanwhile, his actions are being probed by a homicide detective named Audrey Rhimes, a relentless investigator with a strong sense of morality — and her own, very personal reason for pursuing Nick Conover.

With everything he cares about in the balance, Nick discovers strengths he never knew he had. His enemies don't realize how hard he'll fight to save his company. And nobody knows how far he'll go to protect his family.

Review:

"Though Finder has written several novels — including one made into the film High Crimes — he hit bestseller lists in a big way only with last year's terrific Paranoia, so this follow-up can be considered a test of his consistency, critically and commercially. While it doesn't dazzle as Paranoia did, this is a solid, engrossing thriller that takes a few risks. Finder's primary risk is a protagonist who, while basically decent, is no paragon. Nick Conover, the youngish CEO of the Stratton Corporation, in Fenwick, Mich., has fired half of the high-end office furniture company's 10,000 employees at the bidding of new ownership in Boston. As a result, much of Fenwick hates Nick, including the person who has been breaking into his mansion and scribbling 'No Hiding Place' on the walls, and who then kills the Conover family dog — presumably Andrew Stadler, a fired employee and erstwhile mental patient. When Stadler accosts Nick one night, Nick, panicking, shoots him dead, and then, under the influence of his shady corporate security director, covers up the crime. The two cops assigned to the murder prove dogged, sending Nick into a generally beleaguered state that's slightly alleviated by his new romance with, of all people, the daughter of the murdered man, but exacerbated considerably by his discovery that his Boston masters intend to sell Stratton to Chinese government interests. A thriller like this rides on its characters, and Finder creates full-blooded ones here. As in Paranoia, his understanding of byzantine corporate politics is spot on, and the novel's pacing is strong, with steady suspense. Credibility wavers as Finder heaps Job-like trials upon Nick and then ends the book on an optimistic note, but there are few thriller fans who won't stay up to finish this assured tale. Agent, Molly Friedrich. (Apr. 19)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"[A]droitly plotted....Finder expertly doles out the suspense....A highly efficient thriller combining state-of-the-art corporate malfeasance with the old-fashioned kind." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Mr. Finder's Company Man confirms what his Paranoia made clear: he has unusually keen instincts for back-stabbing in the business world. And somehow or other, exotica about the workings of a company that manufactures office furniture become unnaturally interesting here." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"Finder overdoes it a bit with detail — like many hyper-realists, he has a tendency to count the knives and forks — but even so, he's written a frightfully good suspense thriller." Booklist

Review:

"Finder...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." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Review:

"Finder has become a master of the modern thriller....He knows when to let dialogue speak for itself, and when we have to visualize a setting....But even in a thriller, a bit more thought should be spared for the players." Boston Globe

Synopsis:

A recent widower and CEO of the major company in a small town is trapped by a conspiracy to sell the company out from under him and to corner him on murder charges for the death of a man who was stalking his family.

Synopsis:

A recent widower and CEO of the major company in a small town is trapped by a conspiracy to sell the company out from under him and to corner him on murder charges for the death of a man who was stalking his family.

Synopsis:

"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 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 community they live in is no protection at all. He decides to take action, a tragedy ensues - and immediately his life spirals out of control.

At work, Nick begins to uncover a conspiracy against him, involving some of his closest colleagues. He doesn't know who he can trust - including the brilliant, troubled new woman in his life.

Meanwhile, his actions are being probed by a homicide detective named Audrey Rhimes, a relentless investigator with a strong sense of morality - and her own, very personal reason for pursuing Nick Conover.

With everything he cares about in the balance, Nick discovers strengths he never knew he had. His enemies don't realize how hard he'll fight to save his company. And nobody knows how far he'll go to protect his family.

Mesmerizing and psychologically astute, Company Man is Joseph Finder's most compelling and original novel yet.

Synopsis:

CRITICAL PRAISE FOR JOSEPH FINDER AND PARANOIA

"There's a new John Grisham in town!" - People

"Jet-propelled. . . this twisting, stealthily plotted story...weaves a tangled and ingeniously enveloping web...[with a] killer twist for the end." -The New York Times

"A built-for-speed thrill ride . . .Mr. Finder, who has written nonfiction about the intelligence world, brings an authoritative-seeming knowledge of trade-craft to his fast-paced, first-person tale of techno-espionage . . . edgy and knowing." - Wall Street Journal

"Riveting. . . Perhaps the finest of the contemporary thriller novelists, Finder is an expert on suspenseful storytelling that is at once slick and substantive. . . . You may think you've read one mystery too many. Find Finder and you'll think again." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"The archetype of the thriller in its contemporary form...real escapist pleasure." - The New Yorker

"This year's first contender for Page Turner of the Year is Joseph Finder's Paranoia . . . a terrific tale . . . riveting. . . The corporate thriller just got an upgrade." - USA Today

"Paranoia is a cleverly nuanced suspense story....Fresh, original and without cliché, this is a cerebral, contemporary thriller that ends with a wrenching twist followed by a supple extra turn." — Boston Herald

About the Author

Joseph Finder is the author of five previous novels including the New York Times bestsellers Paranoia and High Crimes, which was the basis for the Morgan Freeman/Ashley Judd movie. Finder is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and has written extensively on espionage and international affairs for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the New Republic. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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dusksunset, September 10, 2007 (view all comments by dusksunset)
I wanted to like this book, really I did. Joseph Finder had been sending me e-mail newsletters for ages, entreating me to read his books and offering opportunities to win them. Heck, we've never met and he even sent me a Christmas card!

But "Company Man" did not thrill me. While Finder has an excellent command of the English language and its idiosyncracies, I could not relate to the characters and I did not like the story. The plot was trite and the ending predictable. And the book was just too darn long. Setting it in a factory was clever, but instead of talking about the actual manufacturing, this story focused on the financial end of things. Only a CPA could truly love that plot line.

But someone, many someones, must have loved this book, as it was a best seller. I guess that's what kept me reading to the end, but when I was done, I felt my time had been wasted. I signed off from Joseph's e-zine and I don't expect a card this year.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312939427
Author:
Finder, Joseph
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Corporations
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Policewomen
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Thrillers/Crime
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
March 7, 2006
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in

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Product details 592 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9780312939427 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Though Finder has written several novels — including one made into the film High Crimes — he hit bestseller lists in a big way only with last year's terrific Paranoia, so this follow-up can be considered a test of his consistency, critically and commercially. While it doesn't dazzle as Paranoia did, this is a solid, engrossing thriller that takes a few risks. Finder's primary risk is a protagonist who, while basically decent, is no paragon. Nick Conover, the youngish CEO of the Stratton Corporation, in Fenwick, Mich., has fired half of the high-end office furniture company's 10,000 employees at the bidding of new ownership in Boston. As a result, much of Fenwick hates Nick, including the person who has been breaking into his mansion and scribbling 'No Hiding Place' on the walls, and who then kills the Conover family dog — presumably Andrew Stadler, a fired employee and erstwhile mental patient. When Stadler accosts Nick one night, Nick, panicking, shoots him dead, and then, under the influence of his shady corporate security director, covers up the crime. The two cops assigned to the murder prove dogged, sending Nick into a generally beleaguered state that's slightly alleviated by his new romance with, of all people, the daughter of the murdered man, but exacerbated considerably by his discovery that his Boston masters intend to sell Stratton to Chinese government interests. A thriller like this rides on its characters, and Finder creates full-blooded ones here. As in Paranoia, his understanding of byzantine corporate politics is spot on, and the novel's pacing is strong, with steady suspense. Credibility wavers as Finder heaps Job-like trials upon Nick and then ends the book on an optimistic note, but there are few thriller fans who won't stay up to finish this assured tale. Agent, Molly Friedrich. (Apr. 19)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[A]droitly plotted....Finder expertly doles out the suspense....A highly efficient thriller combining state-of-the-art corporate malfeasance with the old-fashioned kind."
"Review" by , "Mr. Finder's Company Man confirms what his Paranoia made clear: he has unusually keen instincts for back-stabbing in the business world. And somehow or other, exotica about the workings of a company that manufactures office furniture become unnaturally interesting here."
"Review" by , "Finder overdoes it a bit with detail — like many hyper-realists, he has a tendency to count the knives and forks — but even so, he's written a frightfully good suspense thriller."
"Review" by , "Finder...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."
"Review" by , "Finder has become a master of the modern thriller....He knows when to let dialogue speak for itself, and when we have to visualize a setting....But even in a thriller, a bit more thought should be spared for the players."
"Synopsis" by , A recent widower and CEO of the major company in a small town is trapped by a conspiracy to sell the company out from under him and to corner him on murder charges for the death of a man who was stalking his family.
"Synopsis" by ,
A recent widower and CEO of the major company in a small town is trapped by a conspiracy to sell the company out from under him and to corner him on murder charges for the death of a man who was stalking his family.

"Synopsis" by ,
"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 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 community they live in is no protection at all. He decides to take action, a tragedy ensues - and immediately his life spirals out of control.

At work, Nick begins to uncover a conspiracy against him, involving some of his closest colleagues. He doesn't know who he can trust - including the brilliant, troubled new woman in his life.

Meanwhile, his actions are being probed by a homicide detective named Audrey Rhimes, a relentless investigator with a strong sense of morality - and her own, very personal reason for pursuing Nick Conover.

With everything he cares about in the balance, Nick discovers strengths he never knew he had. His enemies don't realize how hard he'll fight to save his company. And nobody knows how far he'll go to protect his family.

Mesmerizing and psychologically astute, Company Man is Joseph Finder's most compelling and original novel yet.

"Synopsis" by ,
CRITICAL PRAISE FOR JOSEPH FINDER AND PARANOIA

"There's a new John Grisham in town!" - People

"Jet-propelled. . . this twisting, stealthily plotted story...weaves a tangled and ingeniously enveloping web...[with a] killer twist for the end." -The New York Times

"A built-for-speed thrill ride . . .Mr. Finder, who has written nonfiction about the intelligence world, brings an authoritative-seeming knowledge of trade-craft to his fast-paced, first-person tale of techno-espionage . . . edgy and knowing." - Wall Street Journal

"Riveting. . . Perhaps the finest of the contemporary thriller novelists, Finder is an expert on suspenseful storytelling that is at once slick and substantive. . . . You may think you've read one mystery too many. Find Finder and you'll think again." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"The archetype of the thriller in its contemporary form...real escapist pleasure." - The New Yorker

"This year's first contender for Page Turner of the Year is Joseph Finder's Paranoia . . . a terrific tale . . . riveting. . . The corporate thriller just got an upgrade." - USA Today

"Paranoia is a cleverly nuanced suspense story....Fresh, original and without cliché, this is a cerebral, contemporary thriller that ends with a wrenching twist followed by a supple extra turn." — Boston Herald

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