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The worthy : a ghost's story
Will Clarke
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Clarke's novel, subtitled "A Ghost's Story," is a winning comedy of collegiate (bad) manners, set at Louisiana State University. The narrator, an affluent frat boy named Conrad Avery Sutton III, tells us right off that he's dead, murdered by fellow Gamma Chi Ryan Hutchins, a psychotic hiding behind a charming Big-Man-on-Campus veneer. Conrad makes it his afterlife's work to bring cocky Ryan down, with the help of the frat house's salty cook, "crazy" Miss Etta. She knows Conrad is still on Earth to protect hapless fraternity pledge Tucker Graham, who, like most of the world, sees Ryan as "a big, bright, rising star." It sounds a little like a sitcom, albeit an edgy one, but Clarke fashions a hilariously addictive yarn, with crackling prose and sharp observations that consistently entertain and surprise. He drives the plot over the top with portraits of hypocritical religious fanatics and unrestrained party animals, and into baby Grand Guignol territory with a swath of outlandish killings-but it all works as black farce of a high degree. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Sirs: As president of the Louisiana State University chapter of Gamma Chi and a prelaw major, I feel it necessary to speak on behalf of my fellow actives and those incapable of defending themselves. This tall tale that Clarke (Lord Vishnu's Love Handles) weaves with his overactive imagination deals with a 19-year-old LSU Gamma Chi murdered by one of his own fraternity brothers, who then possesses the bodies of others and attempts to right wrongs; it goes counter to everything our fraternity represents. The fact that the victim continues to be made fun of even as a ghost is characteristic of Clarke's antic frivolity throughout. Furthermore, the crucial role played by a goat in Gamma Chi initiations has never been established in a court of law, and Clarke is culpable for publishing what may have been revealed to him in the privacy of a convivial evening. In closing, if I or my fraternity brothers ever feel the need to sink to this level of entertainment, we will rent Animal House. I can only surmise this will be popular at public libraries where such fare is appropriate. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/06.]-Bob Lunn, Kansas City P.L., MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Conrad Avery Sutton
Age: 19
Affluent; member of Gamma Chi; murdered by a fellow fraternity brother; determined to ruin Ryan's life; protecting Tucker.

Ryan Hutchins
Member of Gamma Chi; murdered Conrad; thinks he is the Big-Man-on-Campus.
College student

Grady Tucker
Gamma Chi pledge; becomes possessed by Conrad.
College student

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