A Pleasure and a Calling, Hardback Book

A Pleasure and a Calling Hardback

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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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Do you know who has a key to your house? The premise of this story is that you don't. William Heming is an estate agent who abuses the trust his clients put in him by copying their house keys which he then uses to enter their properties whilst they are out. This book has as the main part of its story an altercation with a man which leads to Heming's infatuation with a woman.I really enjoyed this very easy to read novel. I was expecting something much more sinister given the subject matter but William's narration in a matter of fact tone made it less so. He made it sound like an everyday thing to be snooping around people's homes. I was drawn to this book because of its original and intriguing storyline. There's also some clever plotting going on and the reader is frequently left dangling as Heming drops a fact into the story but doesn't follow it up until later.Quite a dark book with some humour and enough to make you wonder who has keys to your house........... Thank you to the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book through NetGalley.

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Library book.If you have recently purchased a home, you might want to think about having all the locks changed--especially if the agent handling the sale was William Heming. You see, Heming keeps copies of the keys to every house he ever sold...consider yourself warned. Heming narrates his own story and he's led an interesting life of being interested in other peoples lives. We wonder: will it all catch up with him?I can't say more about this real estate <i>noir</i> without spoilers. Read it.