Alive in Necropolis

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Penguin, 2008 - Fiction - 437 pages
6 Reviews
A fresh, imaginative debut novel about a young police officer in northern California struggling to keep the peace—and maintain a grip on reality—in a town where the dead outnumber the living.

Colma, California, is the only incorporated city in America where the dead outnumber the living. The longtime cemetery for San Francisco, it is the resting place of the likes of Joe DiMaggio, Wyatt Earp, and aviation pioneer Lincoln Beachey. It is also the home of Michael Mercer, a rookie cop trying to go by the book as he struggles to navigate a new realm of grownup relationships—including a shaky romance with an older woman; a growing alliance with his cocky, charismatic partner, Nick Toronto; fading college friendships; and an aching sense of responsibility for a local rich kid who Mercer rescues from a dangerous prank in the cemetery.

But instead of settling comfortably into adult life, Mercer becomes obsessed with the mysterious fate of his predecessor in the police unit, Sergeant Featherstone, who seems to have become confused about whether he was policing the living or the dead. And as Mercer delves deeper into Featherstone’s story, it appears that Mercer’s own sanity is beginning to slip—either that, or Colma’s more famous residents are not resting in peace as they should be.

With all the playful sensitivity of Haruki Murakami and the haunted atmosphere of Paul Auster, but with a voice all his own, Doug Dorst has crafted an irresistible, compelling debut.
 

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User Review  - Blacklin - LibraryThing

I picked up Doug Dorst’s Alive In Necropolis at the library because the cover art attracted my attention. And then I became intrigued about the book when I read the blurb on the book flap. I thought ... Read full review

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If you love Tim Powers, you will like this a lot. The book has great characters with very real flaws. Juxtaposed with those characters are denizens of a supernatural world that are jealous of those in ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
23
Section 3
40
Section 4
58
Section 5
71
Section 6
77
Section 7
98
Section 8
122
Section 19
285
Section 20
296
Section 21
310
Section 22
312
Section 23
314
Section 24
324
Section 25
335
Section 26
343

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
196
Section 13
204
Section 14
221
Section 15
225
Section 16
243
Section 17
260
Section 18
279
Section 27
344
Section 28
354
Section 29
364
Section 30
367
Section 31
378
Section 32
396
Section 33
399
Section 34
406
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About the author (2008)

Doug Dorst is the author of three books, most recently the novel S, which he co-authored with J. J. Abrams. He is the author of the novel Alive in Necropolis, which was honored as San Francisco's 2009 One City One Book selection and as a runner-up for the 2009 PEN/Hemingway, Shirley Jackson, and IAFA/Crawford Awards, and a short story collection, The Surf Guru. His stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Ploughshares, ZYZZYVA, and other journals. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a three-time Jeopardy! champion, Dorst lives in Austin and teaches writing at Texas State University in San Marcos.

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