A Pleasure and A Calling

A Pleasure and A Calling

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Mr. Heming loves the leafy English village where he lives. As a local real estate agent, he knows every square inch of the town and sees himself as its protector, diligent in enforcing its quaint charm. Most people don't pay much attention to Mr. Heming; he is someone who fades easily into the background. But Mr. Heming pays attention to them. You see, he has the keys to their homes. In fact, he has the keys to every home he's ever sold in town. Over the years, he has kept them all so that he can observe his neighbors, not just on the street, but behind locked doors.
      Mr. Heming considers himself a connoisseur of the private lives of others. He is witness to the minutiae of their daily lives, the objects they care about, the secrets they keep. As details emerge about a troubled childhood, Mr. Heming's disturbing hobby begins to form a clear pattern, and the reasons behind it come into focus. But when the quiet routine of the village is disrupted by strange occurrences, including a dead body found in the backyard of a client's home, Mr. Heming realizes it may only be a matter of time before his secrets are found out.      A brilliant portrait of one man's obsession, A Pleasure and a Calling is a darkly funny and utterly transfixing tale that will hold you under its spell.
Publisher: New York : , Picador,, 2015, c2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250060631
Branch Call Number: FIC Hoga
Characteristics: 283 pages ; 23 cm


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Aug 01, 2015

Story of a real estate agent who breaks into homes and becomes insinuated into the lives of the people he invades which leads to unintended circumstances. Great writing.

multcolib_susannel Jul 13, 2015

Nice, mild mannered Mr. Hemming is the helpful, obliging real estate agent that can get you the perfect house. Just make sure you change the keys after you buy it.

Jun 13, 2015

I might have to create a new category for this book: Creeptastic. The main character, William Heming, narrating this story directly to us and it's a powerful, persuasive voice. It's also a matter-of-fact, pragmatic, yet sometimes romantic or defensive voice compelling us to continue reading. From his young days, when his mother left and his father also left, in a way, William was a keen observer of other people's lives. Sometimes he was satisfied with observing, but other times, he liked to set something in motion to see what would happen. His penchant for collecting information and objects from others got him kicked out of the boarding school and right into the perfect business setting for his disposition--a real estate agent. He's still there now, surrounded by his keys from all the houses he's sold, and all the information and tokens he's collected over the years.

Jun 07, 2015

I found this book quite enter-taining & was very surprised that Mr. Hemings was not who you thought he was when the book started. I had him as a real voyeur but learned what a
sinister person he was. The book held my interest throughout the entire novel & I found it fast paced & well written.

Jan 29, 2015

Quiet... and incredibly creepy. Imagine if Major Pettigrew wasn't a nice fellow, but instead a clever, secretive man with a key to your house. A great read.

Apr 13, 2014

How can a person commit murder but still seem like a reasonable chap? Creepy and increasingly dark as the book progresses the main character of this book is as reasonable as he is disturbed! I am changing my locks!

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