The Company Man

The Company Man

Book - 2011
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The year is 1919.

The McNaughton Corporation is the pinnacle of American industry. They built the guns that won the Great War before it even began. They built the airships that tie the world together. And, above all, they built Evesden-a shining metropolis, the best that the world has to offer.

But something is rotten at the heart of the city. Deep underground, a trolley car pulls into a station with eleven dead bodies inside. Four minutes before, the victims were seen boarding at the previous station. Eleven men butchered by hand in the blink of an eye. All are dead. And all are union.

Now, one man, Cyril Hayes, must fix this. There is a dark secret behind the inventions of McNaughton and with a war brewing between the executives and the workers, the truth must be discovered before the whole city burns. Caught between the union and the company, between the police and the victims, Hayes must uncover the mystery before it kills him.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316054706
0316054704
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bennett
Characteristics: 466 p. ; 21 cm

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erigami
Sep 13, 2011

Don't go out of your way to read this book. It held my attention, but didn't have any real highlights. If you're looking a book on or about labour unions, this isn't it.

The story follows a Sherlock Holmes-like mastermind teasing out a conspiracy in a noir 1920. His Watson is played by a police detective with a heart of gold and a quietly competent secretary.

On the pro side: a decent noir setting, with a fun mystery that improves over the course of the book.

On the minus side: there isn't much to the setting or characters; the union angle isn't explored in any depth; and the conspiracy is feels like an afterthought.

Recommended with reservations.

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BlueMoonGirl
Jul 25, 2011

Intriguing story. There are parts that very much reminded about our current political situation and the fate of man. Enjoyable read.

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Sep 13, 2011

erigami thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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