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A Pleasure and a Calling: A Novel af Phil…
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A Pleasure and a Calling: A Novel (original 2014; udgave 2015)

af Phil Hogan

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You won't remember Mr Heming. He showed you round your comfortable home, suggested a sustainable financial package, negotiated a price with the owner and called you with the good news. The less good news is that, all these years later, he still has the key. That's absurd, you laugh. Of all the many hundreds of houses he has sold, why would he still have the key to mine? The answer to that is, he has the keys to them all. William Heming's every pleasure is in his leafy community. He loves and knows every inch of it, feels nurtured by it, and would defend it - perhaps not with his life but if it came to it, with yours...… (mere)
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Titel:A Pleasure and a Calling: A Novel
Forfattere:Phil Hogan
Info:Picador (2015), Hardcover, 288 pages
Samlinger:Skal læses
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A really creepy main character, a good plot, thoroughly enjoyable ( )
  karenshann | Dec 31, 2019 |
While not as delightfully gory, this treat of a book does read like a Thomas Harris novel written from the point of view of the villain. Thrillers and anxiety don't mix, so I rarely pick them up and even more rarely finish them, but I devoured this book and left it wondering why more people aren't talking about it. ( )
  sterlingfink | Sep 5, 2019 |
What a delightful story. I guess maybe delightful isn't the right word, since it's creepy and thrilling and full of suspense, but it really was delightful and a joy to read. Mr. Heming is totally immoral, mad actually. And has been that way since birth most likely. You can picture him as that kid who pulls the wings off flies. But he was so interesting that half the time I forget he really wasn't a good guy and wanted things to go well for him. The writing and plot are well constructed and the story moves along quickly and smoothly. A great read that I recommend without hesitation. ( )
  GrandmaCootie | May 7, 2019 |
Very fun, very creepy thriller with an extraordinary narrator who's part Dexter and part Talented Mr Ripley and maybe part Carson the butler from Downton Abbey. ( )
  annhepburn | Mar 4, 2018 |
Suspenseful, chilling, and impossible to put down. ( )
  clarehexom | Jan 12, 2018 |
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As unique and well-drawn as William Heming seems in this gripping, thrilling novel, perhaps he is simply a product of modern life that is more common than we’d like to think. If we carelessly leave our lives unlocked, maybe we shouldn’t be surprised when the Mr Hemings of this world push open our doors to take a closer look.
 
There's real skill in the way that Hogan – a writer for this paper – pieces this unsettling story together. Its success depends on an intricate combination of things: the gradual drip-feed of information; the meticulous unfurling of a complicated plot; and, above all, the plausibility of its main character. Hogan's ventriloquising of Heming is impressive. He captures perfectly his mix of rationality and madness – the sense of logical means applied to deranged ends. The result is that we sympathise with Heming, embrace his plight – which only heightens our discomfort.
 
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You won't remember Mr Heming. He showed you round your comfortable home, suggested a sustainable financial package, negotiated a price with the owner and called you with the good news. The less good news is that, all these years later, he still has the key. That's absurd, you laugh. Of all the many hundreds of houses he has sold, why would he still have the key to mine? The answer to that is, he has the keys to them all. William Heming's every pleasure is in his leafy community. He loves and knows every inch of it, feels nurtured by it, and would defend it - perhaps not with his life but if it came to it, with yours...

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