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Secondhand souls : a novel
2015
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Characters
Charlie Asher (Male), Shop owner, Widower, Father, Hypochondriac, Neurotic; likes to be careful; wife died in childbirth; has a daughter who is being raised by his sister; has been recruited to be Death to gather people's souls; trapped in a 14-inch body of lunchmeat and spare animal parts waiting for his new host; determined to find out who is stealing souls
Genre
Fiction
Humor
Mystery
Topics
Soul stealing
Banshees
Death and dying
Booksellers
Nuns
Fathers and daughters
Supernatural beings
Setting
San Francisco, California - West (U.S.)
California - West (U.S.)
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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Summary
<p>In San Francisco, the souls of the dead are mysteriously disappearing and you know that can t be good in New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore s delightfully funny sequel to A Dirty Job.<p>Something really strange is happening in the City by the Bay. People are dying, but their souls are not being collected. Someone or something is stealing them and no one knows where they are going, or why, but it has something to do with that big orange bridge. Death Merchant Charlie Asher is just as flummoxed as everyone else. He s trapped in the body of a fourteen-inch-tall meat puppet waiting for his Buddhist nun girlfriend, Audrey, to find him a suitable new body to play host.<p>To get to the bottom of this abomination, a motley crew of heroes will band together: the seven-foot-tall death merchant Minty Fresh; retired policeman turned bookseller Alphonse Rivera; the Emperor of San Francisco and his dogs, Bummer and Lazarus; and Lily, the former Goth girl. Now if only they can get little Sophie to stop babbling about the coming battle for the very soul of humankind . . ."
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