A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

It's all Bookseller Chick's fault. I'd never read a Christopher Moore book before, but when she got all sqeee-y about this one, I had to try it. Luckily my library had it right on the release date, so I got it pretty fast. Yeah, have I mentioned how much I love my library? Anyways...

Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy. A little hapless, somewhat neurotic, sort of a hypochondriac. He's what's known as a Beta Male: the kind of fellow who makes his way through life by being careful and constant -- you know, the one who's always there to pick up the pieces when the girl gets dumped by the bigger/taller/stronger Alpha Male.

But Charlie's been lucky. He owns a building in the heart of San Francisco, and runs a secondhand 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 normalcy. And she, Rachel, is about to have their first child.

Yes, Charlie's doing okay for a Beta. That is, until the day his daughter, Sophie, is born. Just as Charlie -- exhausted from the birth -- turns to go home, he sees a strange man in mint-green golf wear 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. Yup, 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.

Ahh...I had so much fun reading this book. And in the beginning, reading sections aloud to Nick.

I'm really not quite sure what to say other than that I thoroughly enjoyed it. Just all of it was lots and lots of fun. So now I have to search out more Christopher Moore books.

1 comment:

jmc said...

It's next on my reading list, after I finish reading a collection of essays about Joss Whedon's Firefly. I've dug out Bloodsucking Fiends, and will be going to the library to pick up the rest of Moore's backlist sooner or later, too.