Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Pleasure and a Calling-Phil Hogan

A Pleasure and a Calling-Phil Hogan

the facts
satisfaction: up
pages: 288
gender: M
nationality: UK
year: 2014

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.

Excellently voiced. Really, the almost mild narration was the perfect blend of dry and matter of fact inside the head of Mr. Heming, a scheming and creepy man ruled by obsession-the perfect unreliable narrator really. All the cliches of a serial killer actually but Hogan stays (mostly) in the innocuous arena and that makes Heming much creepier. He is an excellent blend of justification and eccentricity which lends him realism. Everything is perfectly reasonable in this book but you, as the reader, know it's wrong too. One might even say the other characters are not as well fleshed out but since this is a book in Heming's head, one expects that.

The plot? I daren't say as I'd probably run into spoilers!

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