A Dirty Job

A Dirty Job

eBook - 2006
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Publisher: [Prymble, NSW ; New York] : PerfectBound, 2006
ISBN: 9780060875589
0060875585
9780060875596
0060875593
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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bsstillman
Dec 15, 2017

"Congratulations, you've been chosen to act as Death. It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it."

The birth of your first child is supposed to be one of the highlights of your life; however, for Charlie Ascher, a mild-mannered beta-male, and second-hand store owner the day turns out to be so much more. Charlie's wife Rachel dies shortly after childbirth, and Charlie sees a tall black man in a mint green suit by her bedside -- but no one else sees him. The man turns out to be Minty Fresh, a soul-collector, or as Minty like to say - "death merchants."

Charlie is coping with his grief and raising his daughter, Sophie, with the help of his sister and his neighbors, when strange things start to happen to him. People start to die and objects near them begin to glow red. Sophie begins to exhibit some unusual traits -- killing people by uttering the word "Kitty", and a very unlucky streak with pets, that is until she finds herself protected by two (big, like bear) hell hounds. Minty steps in to help Charlie understand his new responsibility.

In his new role, Charlie is tasked with collecting soul vessels of those people who passed, and then keeping them in his shop (which is the perfect cover for a death merchant) until the new owner comes in to buy it. He must strictly adhere to the names and dates that start showing up in his death datebook; for if he doesn't the underworld can take over. As the story unfolds, the demons of the underworld, or in this case the San Francisco's sewers, start to get restless. Charlie and Minty, with the help of a police detective and Charlie's employee Lily work to keep the balance in order.

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storywizard
Jan 10, 2017

nice fast read, humor, a little pathos...entertaining...
Glad I found this author....

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jeffi22
May 02, 2016

funny quick read. lots of one-liners and sexual references/scenes. Some deeper themes about death, etc.

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LT
Aug 30, 2014

A funny, sad book about coming to terms with Death (personified). I am occasionally offended by Moore's coarseness, but in general his witty and imaginative style makes up for it.

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Jsm047042461559
May 03, 2014

This is a funny story with lots of wicked jokes! It has a few cross-over characters with the Bloodsucking Fiends which is fun trying to follow! But not necessary.

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dtaylz
Apr 17, 2013

This stands alone as a fun read but can also be considered an interval in the Bloodsucking Fiends trilogy between You Suck & Bite Me.

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jmdeinken
Jul 05, 2012

Upon friends recommendation I checked out this audio book. Was very different from anything I've read in the past, so was not too sure about it at first, but by the time it came to an end, I was totally in love with the story--had an absolutely wonderful ending!! Definitely listen on CD--very funny story with lots of laughs along the way.

eatlizzardsdaily Jun 20, 2012

At the Semi-Annual Used Book Sale at the Main Library Downtown, I picked up this title for .50 cents. I'd read Christopher Moore's "You Suck" and while it was entertaining I wasn't expecting a whole lot from "A Dirty Job." Holy twisted cheese doodle, was I wrong!!

Charlie Asher is an average "Beta-Male" who has the unlucky fortune of receiving the calling of "Death Merchant." He's basically a soul-reclaiming Repo Man. As people die their souls are stored into one of their treasured possessions and it's Charlie's job to reclaim these soul items from the family of the deceased .

This book was memorable because I laughed out loud the whole way through. Whether it was the Gothic employee Lily, with her charitable sexing; the squirrel people creatures in complete time-period costumes; or Sophie and her set of 400 lb. Hell Hounds; there were laughs to be had through all 384 pages.

There was a fair amount of sex, a lot of swearing and copious amounts of violence. Like I said, fun for the whole family!!

TriciaLogan Apr 05, 2012

A book to compliment Moore's " Bloodsucking Fiends", "You Suck", and "Bite Me". Many crossover characters from said series, equally funny. I thoroughly enjoyed all of these books.

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JessicaLynne
Dec 22, 2011

This book had me laughing so hard:)

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Jun 05, 2008

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Dec 22, 2011

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