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Charlie Asher is an ordinary guy who runs a second-hand store in San Francisco with two loyal staffs. He is having a normal and happy life with his beautiful wife Rachel and waiting his first daughter to be born soon. However, his life changes after his daughter, Sophie comes to the life.
When his wife dies in his arm after giving birth, Charlie sees a tall black man in a green suit standing next to his wife. The strange thing, Charlie has never seen this man in his entire life and the security camera does not catch any sight of the strange man. Later, Charlie comes to know that the strange man is Minty Fresh, a minion of Death and he is too because he can see Fresh when no one can. Charlie is a Death Merchant, or also known as Death.
Since then, Charlie is surrounded by the people who are dead in unusual and his presence begins casting a reddish glow. Now he has to track down the people who have just died or about to die to collect their souls and protect them against the dark force before giving to the one who need them.
Running the store, taking care of his daughter Sophie are enough to make Charlie stressful. Now, dealing with the new abilities and new ‘job’ as the Death Merchant and the dark forces who are about to interfere him, will Charlie manage to handle all the challenges?
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.
©2006 Christopher Moore; (P)2006 HarperCollinsPublishers