A Dirty Job: A Novel by Christopher Moore

By Christopher Moore

Charlie Asher is a fine looking common man with a regular existence, married to a shiny and beautiful lady who truly loves him for his normalcy. They're even approximately to have their first baby. definite, Charlie's doing okay—until humans begin shedding lifeless round him, and far and wide he is going a gloomy presence whispers to him from lower than the streets. Charlie Asher, it kind of feels, has been recruited for a brand new place: as demise.

It's a grimy task. yet, howdy! Somebody's gotta do it.

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Hey—uh—I wanted to say that, you know, your situation, I mean, your loss. Everybody liked Rachel. You know, if I can do anything—” It was the first time Charlie had seen Ray since the funeral, so the awkwardness of secondary condolences had yet to be forded. “You’ve done more than enough by picking up my shifts. ” Charlie was trying desperately to not look at the various objects in the shop that were glowing dull red. ” Ray rotated and pushed back so that Charlie could see the computer screen, where there were displayed rows of portraits of smiling, young Asian women.

Jane slid in between the couch and the coffee table, nudging her brother out of the way. In the process she knocked the dirty diaper to the floor, where it fell open. ” She gagged and turned her head. ” Charlie said. ” He backed away. “Okay, I’m going downstairs. ” Jane said, waving him out of the room with one hand while holding her nose with the other. 5 DARKNESS GETS UPPITY H ey, Ray,” Charlie said as he came down the steps into the storeroom. He always tried to make a lot of noise on the steps and usually fired a loud and early “hello” to warn his employees that he was coming.

Charlie felt for the old man because he did understand. He couldn’t do anything to help, couldn’t say, It will get better, like everyone kept saying to him. It wasn’t getting better. Different, but not better. And this fellow had fifty more years in which to pack his hopes, or in his case, his history. “Let me think about it. Check into storage. ” “I’d be grateful,” Mainheart said. Then, for no reason that he could think of, Charlie said, “May I take this jacket with me? ” “That would be fine. ” As they passed into the rotunda, a shadow passed across the leaded-glass windows, three stories up.

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