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A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

A Dirty Job (2006)

by Christopher Moore

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Series: Death Merchants (1)

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I thoroughly enjoyed this. The ending was a bit of a let down but the ride was fun. 4 stars up til then. ( )
  thefamousmoe | May 1, 2016 |
Christopher Moore is the king of irreverent humor. ( )
  add_dragon | Mar 26, 2016 |
all Christopher Moore's novels are fantastic, funny, laugh out loud - Dirty Job is no disappointment, but still my heart goes to Lamb and the Stupidest Angel. ( )
  anglophile65 | Mar 8, 2016 |
A Halloween prezie.
  Greymowser | Jan 23, 2016 |
It is funny how little things about people stick with you through the years. My 8th grade American History teacher Mr. Riley was one of the nicest people you'd ever meet, but I remember him for two reasons. He kept retelling the joke about "having Sir Walter Raleigh in a can" and he used to tell people, "you look like Death eating a soda cracker." Which, if you think about it, is pretty strange.

Christopher Moore's new book A Dirty Job is kind of like that--pretty strange, and you might see Death (or Death's Helper) eating a soda cracker. Or hellhounds eating anything or Squirrel people stealing soul objects or sewer harpies out for a stroll. It all starts when Charlie Asher's wife Rachel kicks him out of her room after delivering their daughter Sophie. His worrying and paranoia is driving her crazy. He makes it out to his car and realizes that her favorite CD is on the front seat. When he takes it back to her room, he sees a huge man standing over her and then she dies. He tries to convince the hospital staff that this man had something to do with her death, but no one else saw him. After that, things get really weird. Random objects pulse with a red light, people start dying when Charlie is near, and Sophie discovers she has special powers of her own. I loved this book for the randomness, the humor, and the great storytelling of Moore that makes this seem like a quick read. ( )
  susan259 | Jan 20, 2016 |
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What you seek, you shall never find.
For when the Gods made man,
They kept immortality for themselves.
Fill your belly.
Day and night make merry,
Let Days be full of joy,
Love the child that holds your hand.
Let your wife delight in your embrace,
For these alone are the concerns of man.
—The Epic of Gilgamesh
This book is dedicated to Patricia Moss, who was as generous in sharing her death as she was in sharing her life.


To hospice workers and volunteers all over the world.
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Charlie Asher walked the earth like an ant walks on the surface of water, as if the slightest misstep might send him plummeting through the surface to be sucked to the depths below.
'I don't even want to make her eat her green beans for fear she'll KITTY me.'
'I'm sure you have some kind of immunity.'
'The Great Big Book says that we're not immune to death ourselves. I'd say the next time a kitten comes on the Discovery Channel my sister could be picking out caskets.'
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The story centers on Charlie Asher, a "beta-male" (as opposed to "alpha-male") who leads a satisfying life as the owner and proprietor of a second-hand store in San Francisco. At the moment when his wife Rachel unexpectedly dies in the hospital shortly after the birth of their first child (Sophie), Charlie becomes involved in a new sideline of retrieving the souls of the dying, so as to protect them from the forces of the underworld. He only gradually realizes the ramifications of this business as various clues and complications unfold. Ultimately Charlie resolves to confront directly the forces of darkness.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060590289, Paperback)

Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They're even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie's doing okay—until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited for a new position: as Death.

It's a dirty job. But, hey! Somebody's gotta do it.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:11 -0400)

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Charlie Asher, a neurotic and anxious hypochondriac who hates change, confronts the challenges of being a widower and a single parent when his wife dies of a freak medical condition on the day his new daughter, Sophie, is born.

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