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    DescriptionA "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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    Alive in Necropolis
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Doug Dorst
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 437
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    ISBN 13: 9781594483820
    ISBN 10: 1594483825

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    DC21: 813.6
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    DC22: 813/.6
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
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    LC classification: PS3604.O78 A79 2009
    Edition statement
    Riverhead Books
    Imprint name
    Riverhead Books
    Publication date
    02 June 2009
    Author Information
    A long-time resident of San Francisco, Doug Dorst now lives in Austin, Texas where he teaches creative writing at St. Edward's University. His work has appeared in "McSweeney's, ""Ploughshares, Epoch," and other journals, as well as in the anthology "Politically Inspired." He is also a former "Jeopardy! " champion.
    Review quote
    "A daring and big-hearted first novel...Like Dashiell Hammett, Dorst conveys a hard-bitten love of the physical San Francisco." -"New York Times Book Review" "In the same way "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" mixed high school and bloodsuckers, Doug Dorst combines cops and ghosts in his "Alive in Necropolis". The result is a haunted variation on Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series...Imaginative and accomplished... Pitch-perfect." -"USA Today" "Rich, unsettling...truly haunting." -"San Francisco Chronicle" "An intriguing mix of coming-of-age story, police procedural, and magical realism." -"Seattle-Times"