A Dirty Job

Moore, Christopher

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Dirty Job
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.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2007, c2006
ISBN: 9780060590284
Branch Call Number: FICTION MOORE 2007
Characteristics: 400 p. ;,21 cm
Alternate Title: Dirty job : a novel


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Charlie, a self-described beta male, goes about his normal routine as the owner of a second hand shop until he discovers that the items in the store are occupied by the souls of the dead.

"...an absurdly outrageous, howlingly funny, scathingly satiric novel about a neurotic, just-widowed father of a newborn whose life takes a really weird detour. "

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Aug 30, 2014
  • LT rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

May 03, 2014
  • Jsm047042461559 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

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.

Jun 20, 2012
  • eatlizzardsdaily rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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!!

Apr 05, 2012
  • TriciaLogan rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Dec 22, 2011
  • JessicaLynne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book had me laughing so hard:)

Aug 16, 2011
  • Pinupz0mbie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I LOVED this book. I am Hooked! This was very, very well written!

Apr 26, 2011
  • Bonnie rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fun book with some interesting ideas. The book was predictable but thoroughly enjoyable nonetheless. Fisher Stevens does a fantastic job performing the audio book. Highly recommended.

Apr 19, 2011
  • joannet2 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this to be a thoroughly amusing and engaging read. It is a little bit predictable but that doesn't make it any less entertaining.

Aug 02, 2010
  • Nutty rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not as good as some of Moore's other work. I thought the ending was very predicatable. I knew how the book would end about half-way through.

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Dec 22, 2011
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