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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (116 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ronald De Feo Narrator: Ray Porter Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Narrated from the perspective of an American-born contract killer based in London, Calling Mr. King takes us into the mind and life of a man who is growing both increasingly cautious and distracted as he travels from job to job, city to city. Though long considered a first-rate, consistently reliable marksman with a cool, unshakable personality, he appears to be undergoing a severe change of character and focus, taking an interest as never before in the world beyond his targets. He regards such a shift, which is marked by an unexpected passion for buildings and architecture, as an energizing deviation from his deadly routine. But he also begins to realize that it is a dangerously unwise trajectory for a man in his profession.

Set in London, Paris, New York, and Barcelona, this novel is at once a colorful, suspenseful tale of escape laced with dark humor, a story of altered perception and self-education, and a psychological self-portrait of a character who is attempting, against the odds, to become someone else.

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  • Calling Mr. King is an entertaining tale built on what happens when a high-end hit man begins to feel the awakening of an intellectual life. Ronald De Feo invites the reader to play for a while in a seldom-explored part of the borderland between sanity and insanity.”

    Thomas Perry, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Ronald De Feo’s Calling Mr. King is the smartest novel I’ve read in years with a hit man in the leading role. His hit man, a very original, quirky hit man, takes us on an amazing side trip of the world’s capitals, the world’s art and architecture, which makes this knowledgeable hit man irresistible.”

    El País

  • “An engrossing story, persuasively depicting an angry, obsessive man as he comes to a greater awareness of the world around him…De Feo’s master strokes are in creating a remorseless psychopath you’d enjoy spending time with, and in resisting the easy temptation to bring Peter to a moment of emotional deliverance.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Ray Porter delivers a stellar reading, at times bleak and hopeless while also passionate and resonating. Porter’s King is a lonely man, tiring of his bloody past yet seemingly emotionless until he finds a beautiful piece of art that awakens his passion. Porter’s delivery is well paced. He creates a sympathetic character out of an otherwise evil man—a true feat in any form of performance. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “De Feo is definitely a newcomer to watch.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jake | 2/15/2014

    " Took me awhile to get through this one. The author is a magazine writer and cannot help but turning what could be a decent short story for a magazine into a dry novel. It's only 291 pages but, wow, do you feel it. De Feo tries (unsuccessfully) to combine the supposedly fun idea of a hitman having second thoughts with him taking a keen interest in architecture. If you've ever been interested in a hitman-having-second-thoughts-who-suddenly-develops-a-keen-interest-in-architecture read then this is the book for you. Despite my decided lack of interest in architecture, I felt that this could have been a solid read but the author provides little introspection and jumps around from point to point too often, leaving the reader unsatisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Matthew | 2/13/2014

    " A dark humourous midlife crisis story. A well written look at a man's descent from professional hitman to who he thinks he could be, if only they would leave him in peace. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Crystal | 1/29/2014

    " I'm actually surprised that I finished the entire book. I think the storyline could've been a good one but with all the boring details of his travels, the Georgian house he wanted, cities, rambling thoughts, and day-to-day dull activities, it just made the book uninteresting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alisa | 1/9/2014

    " This book is very much an odd duck. A very slow, very thoughtful examination of an assassin's inward life as he unexpectedly discovers art. "

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