The Company Man
by Robert Jackson Bennett
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841497921
Date: 07 April 2011 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Robert Jackson Bennett's assured debut Mr Shivers was an impressive first novel indeed and now publisher Orbit, who clearly (and with good reason) have high hopes for Bennett, release the follow entitled The Company Man. This is not, however, a sequel to that very strong first novel but instead "... takes on a more urban setting, but retains the same wonderful sense of atmosphere, and the same incredibly high quality writing."
"A trolley car pulls into the station with eleven dead bodies inside. Four minutes before, the factory workers were seen boarding at the previous station. Now, all are dead. And all of them are union. The year is 1919. The McNaughton Corporation is the pinnacle of American industry. They built airships that crossed the seas. Guns that won the Great War. And above all, they built Evesden: the city of tomorrow, dominated by the immense McNaughton Tower. But something is rotten at the heart of Evesden and one man must uncover its dark secret before it all goes up in flames. Caught between the union and the company, between the police and the victims, McNaughton investigator Cyril Hayes must find the truth behind the city of the future. Because if he doesn't ... he's history. "