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By Christopher Moore

Charlie Asher is common man with a typical existence, married to a vivid and beautiful girl who truly loves him for his normalcy. They're even approximately to have their first baby. convinced, Charlie's doing okay—until humans commence shedding useless round him, and in every single place he is going a depressing presence whispers to him from below the streets. Charlie Asher, it kind of feels, has been recruited for a brand new place: as loss of life.

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

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Shut up, Asher, they’re not for you,” Lily said, automatically, then she considered the book, Ray’s story, the notes on all the items in the back room, and she shuddered. It appeared that Charlie Asher might not be the hapless geek she always thought him to be. “Sorry, boss. ” Ray came back from the front with a small plastic first-aid kit. He peeled back Charlie’s sleeve and began to clean the wounds with gauze and peroxide. ” “Nothing,” Charlie said. ” “The wound’s pretty clean—no gravel in it.

It made a floof-tha sound that the seal on a refrigerator door makes when opened. He grabbed the glowing jacket—fox fur, it appeared to be. “Or was it this? ” Charlie brandished the jacket like he was holding a murder weapon before the accused. In short, he thought about adding, are you fucking with me? ” Charlie let the jacket drop. ” “Starts with an A,” Mainheart said, slowly, carefully—obviously resisting the urge to call Charlie an idiot again. ” “Well, it has something to do with that jacket.

Lily was shaken. She backed over to Charlie’s desk and sat in the squeaky oak swivel chair. “Do you see anything glowing or pulsating, Ray? ” Ray shook his head. “He’s under a lot of stress, losing Rachel and a dirty job 59 taking care of the baby. I think maybe he needs to get some help. I know after I had to leave the force—” Ray paused. There was a commotion going on out in the alley, dogs barking and people shouting, then someone was working a key in the lock of the back door. A second later, Charlie came in, a little breathless, his clothes smudged here and there with grime, one sleeve of his jacket torn and bloodstained.

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