'The Time Traveler's Wife meets the Sixth Sense' Scott Pack, Waterstones
When William Kennedy is six years old, he sees his Uncle Billy at a family reunion. The only problem is his uncle died 3 weeks ago at an explosion in a petroleum plant. For William, this is only the start. Nicknamed 'Dead' Kennedy, he realises he can see dead people all around him. With time, this just becomes part of life, although it does have its practical implications - for instance he can't drive a car because he keeps swerving to avoid the ghosts. Now aged 32, Dead Kennedy is approached by a distant cousin who needs help - the ghost of a girl is living in his garage and he thinks William can persuade her to leave. But when William Kennedy arrives at his cousin's house, he discovers that the girl was raped and murdered and that the perpetrator was the very man who is now asking for his help. In a twist, William kills the man and ends up being haunted himself. Meanwhile William is trying to get the rest of his life back on track - his relationship with his12-year-old daughter Megan and the ex-wife he is still in love with. Ultimately, Firecracker is a love story, a ghost story, and the tale of a man who has lost his way and trying to find it again.
...fascinating, original, superbly written and heart-warming. Definitely recommended. - BFS JOURNAL
An unpredictable ghost story and an unexpected love story... Stewart shifts skillfully between humour and terror. - INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
Firecracker is an assured, moving supernatural drama, with the emphasis squarely on the drama. Part of its strength comes from its narrator, a going-nowhere Texan thirtysomething divorcee with a bossy daughter and a big clan of mixed-up relatives. The hero's wry narration makes his slow revelations of a deep-seated emotional pain all the more effective. - DREAMWATCH (April 2005) - Andrew Osmond
'A comical but eerie must-read.' ***** - HEAT (23-29 April 2005)
Firecracker is a delightful, thought-provoking and intelligent little book, one that really makes you wonder what it would be like if you were able to see dead people. - SFX (June 2005) - Simon Withers
FIRECRACKER is a superbly executed and extremely well written spine chilling thriller...[and] an intensely gripping read ...FIRECRACKER isa superbly worked piece and Stewart's assured and really very artful style is a joy to read. - SFRevu (April 2005)
Stewart delivers wry, self-deprecating humour and laugh aloud moments...This is a poignant story of a man coming of age (albeit several years overdue) and a highly recommended read. - TANGLED WEB UK - Cath Staincliffe
a good novel about Texas and redemption which satisfies those of us addicted addicted to the neatnes
Firecracker is both moving and funny, touching on the profound but with its feet set firmly on the ground. - THE THIRD ALTERNATIVE (Summer '05)
Sean Stewart is the author of two short stories and seven previous novels, including the New York Times Notable books Galveston and Resurrection Man. His novels have recieved the Aurora, Arthur Ellis, Canadian Library and World Fantasy Awards. He lives in California with his wife and two daughters.