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A Dirty Job [Hardcover]

Christopher Moore
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

April 2006

Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy. A little hapless, somewhat neurotic, more of a Beta than an Alpha Male. Charlie's been lucky, though. He owns a building in the heart of San Francisco, and runs a second-hand store with the help of a couple of loyal, if marginally insane, employees. He's married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normality. And she, Rachel, is about to have their first child.

But normal service is about to be interrupted. As Charlie prepares to go home after the birth, he sees a strange man dressed in mint-green at Rachel's hospital bedside - a man who claims that no one should be able to see him. But see him Charlie does, and from here on out, things get really weird. . . .

People start dropping dead around him, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yep, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

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

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 387 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company (April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060590270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060590277
  • Product Dimensions: 3.4 x 16.3 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,505,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christopher Moore was born in Ohio and lived there until he was nineteen, when he moved to California. Before publishing his first novel, Practical Demonkeeping, in 1992, he worked as a roofer, a grocery clerk, a hotel night auditor, and insurance broker, a waiter, a photographer, and a rock and roll DJ. Chris divides his time between Hawaii and San Francisco.

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Book Description

Chris Moore tackles death - make that Death - in his latest wonderful, whacked-out yarn. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Christopher Moore began writing at the age six and became the oldest known child prodigy when, in his early thirties, he published his first novel. Chris enjoys cheese crackers, acid jazz, and otter scrubbing and lives in an inaccessible island fortress in the Pacific. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with Terry Pratchett 29 Oct 2007
By Skonne
Without doubt one of the funniest book I'ver ever read. A decent plot, tons of hilarious remarks and a sense of words that you'll love if you like the humour of the likes of Terry Pratchett.
I can't wait to read his other books!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh With Death 21 Mar 2008
By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
How often do you think about death, or even more so about your soul? Well what if soul's were passed from one person to another like hand-me-down jeans? Where would that leave us the teaming masses of earth? Well Christopher Moore tries to tackle the big questions in his latest book A Dirty Job.

Our not so gifted hero is Charlie Asher, who is a normal guy, or we should say a normal Beta Male. He has a very active imagination but has lived by flight rather then the fight instinct. He has a pretty good life, a loving sister, and adoring wife and a little baby on the way; then his world comes crashing down around him. First his wife dies, and a mysterious man who only Charlie saw was in her hospital room when she died. He doesn't appear on the security tapes, and no one recalls seeing him. Then things really start getting weird.

Charlie has become a `Death Merchant' sort of an assistant to Death, or the equivalent of the Salivation Army's Santa's to Santa. He is a little death, and as such his job is to collect soul objects and pass them on to people without souls. Which as an owner of a second hand store he is in a good position to do. However he does not get receive `The Great Big Book of Death' one of his employee's borrows it for her own amusement. So Charlie does not know what to do, or how to do it but weird things keep happening to him. He keeps showing up when people are dying and there are items that are glowing a bright red. These were the soul vessels.

But all is not well in the great city of San Francisco, darkness it trying to rise for the cosmic battle will soon take place between the powers of darkness and the little deaths, before the rising of the Great Death once again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Big Thumbs Up! 28 Feb 2008
By Tink
Just finished reading this book and I have to say that I can't believe it sat on my list of books to read for so long, about 18 months, and I read a lot!. It was a FAB read, soooo funny, I keep trying to remember the one liners but ultimately it was a great story, great characters ... it had the whole shebang!!! A Dirty Job definately gets a great big thumbs up from me and I'll be lending this book to everyone I know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Work Of Art 15 Oct 2007
I Stumbled across christopher moore while in a book shop and have been unable to stop buying his humourous and alll round witty books. Dirty Job is my favourite of all his books so far, it had me laughing out-loud. Also the story is so cleverly written I am suprised this author does not get more press!
If you enjoy the supernatural and clever humour you can not go wrong with moore!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death takes a battering 18 Sep 2007
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
A tale that I loved with Chris' humour emerging from behind the pages. Highly entertaining and one that will keep you enthralled right up to the end. If your looking for something a little different that presents the reader with a humourous tale that's far enough removed from Pratchett but with a more earthy feel, then I can highly recommend this book for you. Poking fun at Death in more than one way blending it with the human touch and showing how mankind adapts to changes it's a book that will not only warm the heartstrings but one that will keep you laughing as it goes on its own merry way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest Book in Ages 14 Aug 2009
Moore seems to have nicked the fantasy/horror comedy crown from the more established authors in this genre. He has style all of his own that is both adult in feel but retains a nice twist of the absurd. He has not abandoned a good story for a one line joke either, although he does manage to get in the odd line that makes one chuckle out loud.

If I was to compare him to other authors I'd say he mines a similar seam to Neil Gaiman and Tom Holt, but manages to remain a little more grounded - realatively, than both. More accessible perhaps, with some of the extreme ridiculousness of Tom Holt removed. he does use adult language to good effect too. Not gratuitous but nicely placed to hit the mark.

Whilst many people who would consider this would be fans of Terry Pratchett, I'd say that his style and humour is differnt, as is the setting of course. The humour would appear to that reader though so if you are tempted then buy into it - you won't be disapointed.

So here we have a very funny book about one man's part time job as a death assistant who fights off the forces of evil. This may have been done before but definately without the same level of panache.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious 5 Oct 2008
By Mr. G. Battle VINE VOICE
So many great ideas get wasted, but in Christopher Moore's deft hands, a great idea becomes a really enjoyable read, from cover to cover. Packed with wry, sarcastic, deadpan and cutting edge humour, Moore tickles us with an off-kilter tale about Death Merchants. The people responsible for giving souls homes - but what if you never got the manual? What if the Apocalypse was due? And what if it was your fault? A Dirty Job pulls no punches as Moore, once again, finds new material, with cameos from previous books, and takes every opportunity to take shots at our culture, society and crazy mixed up world. An easy recommendation - prepare to break in to a grin.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one I've read
Moore's books have me in stiches everytime. Best one I've read.
Published 9 days ago by S. Loewenthal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book, highly recommended.
Published 24 days ago by kevin murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly strange
That is, even stranger than normal. The logic of Death is not as well worked out as by Pratchett and the 'twist' at the end is so heavily signalled that it scarcely counts as a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Crossmouse
3.0 out of 5 stars OK But not as good as Lust Lizard
Moore has a touch of Terry Pratchett and this can be likeable. He writes great characters and funny moments. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Robert
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Not as funny as the other reviews mention . story was v average, started off ok, but the ending was just dumb
Published 12 months ago by DeanoM
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have read for a while
This book has the most unusual premise for a book, I have not read anything similar ever, and I read a lot of books. Read more
Published 12 months ago by MayBaby
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Brilliant book, i cannot say enough good words about the whacky imagination of Christopher Moore. This is a good starter book if you've never read any of his stuff.
Published 14 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a must read
A laugh out loud funny book. The tale of a second hand store owner who becomes an agent of death in the most amusing way possible
Published 15 months ago by Bloke
4.0 out of 5 stars Proabably his best work
I've read quite a few of Chrisopher Moore's books and enjoyed them all. They're an entertaining light read, perfect for passing the time when I'm travelling. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Surrealistic
4.0 out of 5 stars Death and laughter
Charlie Asher's wife dies in childbirth and this triggers some changes in him. He becomes a collector of souls for re-distribution through his thrift store. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Nick Brett
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