Alive in Necropolis

Alive in Necropolis

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A "dark and funny debut"("Seattle-Times") about a young police officer struggling to maintain a sense of reality in a town where the dead outnumber the living. Colma, California, the "cemetery city" serving San Francisco, is the resting place of the likes of Joe DiMaggio, Wyatt Earp, and William Randolph Hearst. It is also the home of Michael Mercer, a by-the-book rookie cop struggling to settle comfortably into adult life. Instead, he becomes obsessed with the mysterious fate of his predecessor, Sergeant Wes Featherstone, who spent his last years policing the dead as well as the living. As Mercer attempts to navigate the drama of his own daily life, his own grip on reality starts to slip-either that, or Colma's more famous residents are not resting in peace as they should be.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 437 pages
  • 124.46 x 203.2 x 25.4mm | 408.23g
  • Riverhead Books
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1594483825
  • 9781594483820
  • 375,571

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aThis charming first novel maps the landscape and lives of a small town where ghosts and the living are sometimes indistinguishable from one another. That's what police officer Michael Mercer discovers the night he saves the life of a teenage boy left unconscious and at the mercy of the elements in a Colma, Calif., cemetery. Later, Michael witnesses nocturnal incidents that turn out to be the afterlife activities of local residents who've been dead for decades. The repetitive and unresolved activities of the dead slyly parallel Michael's aimless life and the lives of friends and colleagues similarly mired in day-to-day routine. Though the supernatural elements aren't as well integrated into the main action as they might be, Dorst strikes a perfect balance between humor and pathos. His ability to show the magic potential of everyday lives marks him as an author to watch.a a"Publisheras Weekly" Praise for Doug Dorst: aIt would be a shame if Doug Dorst is written of as one of the best debut novelists weave seen in years. Heas better than that. Heas one of the best novelists weave seen in years, writing well beyond the level weave learned to expect of afirst novelistsa or anew voices.a He has the control and daring possessed by only the greats of each generation. He writes with humor and wisdom that is rare, and an empathy for his characters that is warm and complex and unique.a aStephen Elliott, author of "Happy Baby"

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About Doug Dorst

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 2009One 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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