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A Pleasure and a Calling: A Novel Phil Hogan

A Pleasure and a Calling: A Novel

Phil Hogan

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ISBN : 9781501220746
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In the tradition of Patricia Highsmiths Tom Ripley novels comes a deliciously unsettling, darkly funny novel about a man who quietly spies on the private lives of his neighbors.You wont remember Mr. Heming. He was the estate agent who showed youMoreIn the tradition of Patricia Highsmiths Tom Ripley novels comes a deliciously unsettling, darkly funny novel about a man who quietly spies on the private lives of his neighbors.You wont remember Mr. Heming. He was the estate agent who showed you around your comfortable home, suggested a 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. Thats absurd, you laugh. Of all the many hundreds of houses he has sold, why would he still have the key to mine? The answer is- he has the keys to them all.William Hemings most at home in a strangers private things. He makes it his business to know all their secrets, and how they arrange their lives. His 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. Things begin to change when Mr. Hemings obsession shifts from many people to one, and then a dead body winds up in someones garden. For a man who is used to going unremarked, Mr. Hemings finds his natural routine becomes uncomfortably interrupted.