The Company Man by Robert Jackson Bennett

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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.

About Robert Jackson Bennett

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Robert Jackson Bennett was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Winner of the Shirley Jackson Award, the Sydney J. Bounds Award, and an Edgar Award, he is the author of the novels Mr. Shivers, The Company Man, The Troupe, and American Elsewhere. Find out more about the author at
Published April 11, 2011 by Orbit. 468 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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If she could ever read "The Company Man"—the thought is half a steampunk plot by itself—she would have to change her mind.

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The Bookbag

And as a body is fished out of a local canal, hard-boiled Garvey can't seem to help himself when he remarks What I would give ...

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He is the consummate company man: made by McNaughton and making the world in turn.

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The Zone

Similarly, when the great secret behind McNaughton's tech is revealed towards the end, the explanation may not be unfamiliar in itself - you might even be able to guess - but the way Bennett handles it makes it feel different, because it's so firmly embedded in the idiom of the novel.

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