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A Dirty Job

A Dirty Job

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A Dirty Job

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

Charlie Asher is an everyman's man. He's quirky, genuine and full of fear about life. Now, he's got a new job; stop worrying about life and get out his cloak and scythe. He's Death with a capital D now. If you've never read a Christopher Moore book, you're in for a treat, and if you have, this is the peak of Chris' writing. It conjures up such sincere and relatable feelings in its protagonist that you can't help but say to yourself over and over, "I feel ya, man." It has more laughs than I've experienced in a novel, and the supporting characters are no less fleshed out than Charlie. It's a joy to open up the book and meet these characters on every page. At its core, however, this book is about death. It's an unavoidable thing in this world, but Chris handles it with such a witty and interesting view that you never get down about it. On the contrary, I walked away from this novel with a little better grasp on how I observed death and the cycle of life, albeit a little different cycle than Charlie deals with... You'll see what I'm talking about.

 
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Charlie Asher, a neurotic and anxious hypochondriac who hates change, gets more than he had bargained for when his wife dies of a freak medical condition on the day his new daughter, Sophie, is born, as he is confronted by the challenges of being a widower, a single parent, and the focus of a strange and deadly series of bizarre occurrences. Reprint.



  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB Chesterfield
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Avon A
  • ISBN-13: 9780060590284
  • ISBN: 0060590289
  • Publication Year: 2007
  • Edition: Reprint
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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