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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (7 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841496030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841496030
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Chris Moore tackles death - make that Death - in his latest wonderful, whacked-out yarn.

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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.

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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
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 By Tink on 28 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Skonne on 29 Oct. 2007
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME on 10 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
There's a distinction between comedy writing and using humour in fiction. In the first, the comedy is the foundation. Anything that can be inserted to confirm the framework will find a place - somehow. Using humour to enhance an idea or lighten an approach is often welcome. Using humour as an additional aspect of developing a story requires more finesse and care than having comedy as a starting point. Moore, who possess a delightful wit, and a fine sense of story-telling, has created a comedy novel. While its topic, the existence and handling of souls, might seem to be a serious matter, in Moore's hands it becomes merely a foundation upon which to exercise his skills at jollity.

Charlie Asher has inherited a second-hand clothing store in San Francisco, The City of Two Bridges. He's also suffered the devastating loss of his wife in childbirth. The sight of a black man clad in a bizarre green outfit in his wife's room initiates a further turn in Charlie's life. Alone, almost, with his new daughter, Charlie tries to rebuild his shattered life. Other deaths, some right in the streets of The City, have a certain intimate relation to him. Particularly when some of the departed appear to have been sent on their way by his daughter.

Charlie manages to track down the man in the green suit. He is also a dealer in second-hand goods - music CDs. It turns out these items and certain of those in Charlie's establishment have special properties. They carry the souls of certain of the dead. The items are in these stores in order to be conveyed to new owners. The man in green, "Minty Fresh", tells Charlie he's one of San Francisco's half-dozen "Death Merchants".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
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 By M. G. Chisholm TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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