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A Pleasure and a Calling [Kindle Edition]

Phil Hogan
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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"A wonderfully creepy novel, macabre and blackly comic with a deeply unsettling and original hero." Rosamund Lupton "Very clever. A creepily alluring voice" Julia Crouch, author of Cuckoo and Tarnished "Phil Hogan is a brilliant writer." Peter Bradshaw "One to watch: An eerie page-turner." -- Cathy Rentzenbrink Bookseller "In terms of subject or style. Phil Hogan resembles John Updike or Richard Yates, figures from that classical seam of American fiction so rich in detail, domesticity, and murderous compromise." Sunday Herald

Book Description

In the excitement of moving into your new home did you think to change the locks? Are you sure no-one else is making use of your key? Compelling, unsettling and macabre social satire.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 728 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0857521896
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (27 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GDFVULO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling 27 Feb. 2014
By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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I normally review a book the same night i finish reading it, so this book is new for me in 2 ways, 1) its way way outside my comfort zone 2) i waited a week before reviewing it.

I was talked into reading this book by some very nice, well read and clever ladies…. that alone would normally scare me off, but they were batting 2 for 2 on recommends so i had to give in. They had told me the book was “chilling” and “disturbing”. So Initially i was a bit worried that i didn’t find it affected me that way. I found it intriguing and thought provoking. I found it to be something that was so normal, and then so wrong, and yet so easily real that it may well be happening right now. It was then that the disturbing hit. We have a man, a normal everyday man, who has access to every house he has ever sold. Would you in his place with unfettered access to a strangers house, would you look, could you resist, and even more so, if you had access to the house of people you know, could you resist a peek?

The answer is Yes, but isn’t there just that little voice that yearns in us all to know, that little bit of uncertainty, the inner paranoid self that wants to know more…or maybe that’s me? Could you ever look is the question the book asks me. The answer thankfully is no. But the fact that it makes you ask this question and others is a testament to its clever powerful writing.

The weeks gap before writing this review has actually led me from this book being a clever read to its true impact, because in a week its not left me, i have had parts of the book jump back into my head at odd times, take over my dreams, generally disturb my thoughts, colour some of my views and question, Would I?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL TALE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE 7 Jan. 2015
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Move over Hannibal Lector, Mr. Heming is in town. Phil Hogan has created a highly original remarkably creepy sociopath who holds you in thrall simply because he appears to be so normal. Mr. Heming, a real estate agent, is one of those people who simply blends into the scenery, no one notices him as he goes about his task of injecting himself into the lives of others.

Over seventeen years Mr. Heming has sold a number of lovely homes, and he has kept the keys to all of them. (He simply copies the original key and adds it to his personal collection. ) With such easy entree he's able to read personal correspondence, see what clothes are worn and even what clients like to eat and drink. He relishes these moments, actually revels in being privy to the lives of others. At times he will change objects in a home or perhaps take a small something as a souvenir. It is an obsession, one that may be at least partially explained by his difficult childhood, younger years marked by accidents, unexplained disappearances.

Nonetheless, in the small English village in which he now lives Mr. Heming is admired and trusted by many including his office staff. He is extremely careful until his orderly life is disrupted by Abigail Rice, a young woman to whom he sold a house. He finds himself inordinately attracted to her, and is distressed to find she is having an affair with Douglas Sharp, a married man and another of Mr. Heming's clients. Sharp is a ne'er do well and a scoundrel, living off of his older wife. And then a dead body is discovered in the backyard of another client's home.

Readers will find themselves compulsively turning pages until the final line. Hogan has given us a chilling tale of psychological suspense that we will not soon forget.

- Gail Cooke
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After reading this dark and chilling thriller, you will be deleting all those real estate agent contacts from your life, looking for ways to sell your house privately! Real estate agents have never been Top of the Pops in most admired or trusted professions, and most of us have a shady story or two to tell about our dealings with them. But I bet none of us know an agent such as William Heming!

Mr Heming has been an agent in an attractive English town for many years. He is part of the local landscape, respected, well liked it would seem, does his job well, and leads an unremarkable average sort of life. But, how would you feel if you knew that he kept the key of every single house he had sold over the past twenty plus years, and had them displayed on a wall in his home? And that he used these keys to enter the homes of his clients, buyers and vendors alike, finding out every detail of their lives, their bank accounts, their families, their holidays, their pets? Mr Heming is that man.

So much does he love his neighbourhood and many of the people that live in it, he uses his knowledge and his expertise to actually protect and help many of them. He is decidedly creepy, but it is when he his behaviour begins to do more harm than good that things get really chilling. The undoing of Mr Heming's carefully built up veneer begins when a body is discovered by the swimming pool on the property of the Cooksons, who would clearly fill the shoes of nightmarish vendors to be dealing with. During the course of Mr Heming dealing with this situation, he tells us the story of how he came to be involved in real estate, his childhood, and his obsessive streak of curiosity that leads and saves him from so much trouble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasure and a calling
I really enjoyed this book, it was a tense thriller but not a scary book and that in itself made it different and enjoyable. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Karrie D
2.0 out of 5 stars The protagonist needed more depth for me to believe in ...
The protagonist needed more depth for me to believe in what he was doing. Very weird and not a patch on Highsmith's Ripley.
Published 21 days ago by JediNights
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite easy to read
I thought it was very unusual and imaginative. Quite easy to read. Quite suspenseful at times.
Published 1 month ago by carole finney
3.0 out of 5 stars I did not like it. I guess that the key collector has ...
Weird. I did not like it. I guess that the key collector has Asperger's or is on the ASD spectrum as his behavior is so bizarre.
Published 1 month ago by joho
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, enjoyable, unsettling.
Not that I haven't got enough books of my own, but having seen a few reviews of this recent release, I was interested enough to reserve it at my local library. Read more
Published 2 months ago by col2910
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this one!
Great plot that I really enjoyed, comes from an interesting angle.
Published 4 months ago by The Bullsh*t Detector
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Brilliant novel, great read.
Published 4 months ago by Jacquelyn Pagano
5.0 out of 5 stars Strength in numbers! Recommended.
I recently recommended this book to a friend, but felt a bit anxious about doing so. During a chat we agreed enjoying novels with characters with an apparent surface of normality,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Can a reader root for a creep...
Can a reader root for a creep of a protagonist without being a creep themselves? I often ask myself this question, particularly when reading a book like Phil Hogan's new novel, "A... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jill Meyer
4.0 out of 5 stars a surprisingly good read.
I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. The things I'd read about it made it sound...odd...a strange storyline...not something I would usually read. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rebecca
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