Title: A Dirty Job
Author: Christopher Moore
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
The Gist: 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.
Commentary: From the Haight, to the Castro, to the Mission to Chinatown Charlie Asher attempts to fulfill the duties of his new vocation fighting the foes who swear to take him down. Full of humor–much of it wonderfully twisted, you’ll spend much of the time trying to bust a gut from laughing so hard. Many times, while at the deli at work, or riding home on the bus, I tried (sometimes in vain) to stifle the urge to fall out laughing by faking sneezes or pretending I was repressing coughs. It’s that funny. It’s also sad, poignant, earthy, and uplifting. It’s also a love story: the love of a man for his wife and his daughter and the friends who surround him.
Oh. And before I forget. The book glows in the dark.
Really. It does.