Will Kennedy is also known as “Dead” Kennedy (DK) for two reasons: His love for alternative music (which is liberally interwoven with the story throughout this book) and the fact that he sees ghosts (which he has tried to downplay for years). Now 32 years old, he is still a serious and deliberate underachiever, has had a series of low level jobs and is just barely “getting by”. He has a kooky family and friends whose dialogue and voices are both laugh-out-loud funny and painfully poignant.
He gets a call from a distant relative he can't even remember, who is having a problem with a ghost in his garage. Tom Hanlon offers Will $1,000 to help him get rid of it. This leads to some serious mishaps that totally alter the course of Will's life. It turns out that the ghost in the garage is there to haunt Tom for killing her. When Tom realizes that Will knows this, he pulls a gun on him. In self-defense, Will douses him with a can of old gasoline just before he pulls the trigger. This ignites the gas and kills Tom, who then begins to haunt Will as revenge.
As Will is recovering from his gunshot wound in the hospital, another old family friend who just happens to be a reporter questions him about the “ghost thing”. Happy on pain killers, Will bluffs some nonsense about charging $1,000 per day to help people resolve ghost problems. However, when the story comes out in the paper, Will learns that there are an amazing number of people who want to hire him.
This report prepared by Pat Neuman