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By Doug Dorst | Comments: ( 811 ) | Date: ( Oct 23, 2019 )

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 DiA 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 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.


  • Title: Alive in Necropolis
  • Author: Doug Dorst
  • ISBN: 9781594489877
  • Page: 257
  • Format: Hardcover

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Comments Alive in Necropolis

  • Steven

    It's not a horrible book, but it lacks focus.The ghosts issue that is the hook for the story feels weak in my opinion. Better is the telling of the stories of the three main male characters as they try and find love/happiness within their lives. The intertwining of the narratives is enjoyable and interesting, the differences between the different characters makes the reading very enjoyable.The ghosts seems like it was the hook to get an editor to read the book, but it feels more like an aftertho [...]


  • Meave

    Worst book I've read this year, thus far. It is so terrible. It must have been its setting that made it this year's OneCity OneBook choice, because otherwise I can't imagine why anyone would be encouraged to read it. Yes, it got good reviews, and yes, it was a "runner-up for" the 2009 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award--these facts flabbergast me. Now I have to read this year's winner, at least to understand what goes on at the Hemingway Foundation.This book is so terrible I will not be able to cata [...]


  • Libby

    Firstly, I love the title of this book. Isn't it wonderful? Sonorous, contradictory, engaging, mystifying; it has an excellent mouthfeel. I think the title alone was enough to convince my mother to buy this book in hardcover (admittedly, after a bout of serious cajoling on my part), and my nefarious plan unfolded precisely: she bought the book, and finished it just in time for my arrival in California (yes, I am sitting here tapping my steepled fingers together and cackling).Even one hundred pag [...]


  • Kilean

    Best book I've read all summer. In a glut of first-person logorrhea that seems to be outright choking the fiction shelves these days it’s pleasurably bracing to read a new book written completely in the third-person. Written well, mind you. And aside from the author’s talent, there’s plenty else in this one to savor: a town of cemeteries (Colma), the ramshackle pack of cops that patrol said town, an old-timey gang of murderous ghosts, a nurse with a drinking problem, the rich son of a pret [...]


  • Krok Zero

    Ugh. Two stars is generous.Look, if you want to write a boring book about the social/romantic life of a nondescript policeman and a few of the equally uninteresting people in his orbit, go right ahead. That is your right as an American and as a mediocre novelist. But why disguise it as a supernatural mystery about a city full of ghosts, especially if you're going to avoid the subject of ghosts for pretty much hundreds of pages at a time? That's both annoying and dishonest, and it just doesn't ma [...]


  • Dorie

    This book was billed as part police procedural, part ghost story. Michael Mercer is a rookie cop in Colma, California, a city that has so many cemeteries that the dead outnumber the living by thousands to one. I want to say that I think the author shows definite potential with this book. Unfortunately it fails on a few levels. Too much time was spent overdeveloping minor characters at the expense of plot and pacing. Although the ghost characters appeared throughout, Michael’s interaction with [...]


  • cmo

    Just finished this book. Overall, it was pretty good - it's been a while since I read a work of fiction that I was this wrapped up in - but there were several things I just didn't really like about it.The ending. Meh.The police reports. Ugh! Tedious to read. And the climactic moment of the story is only described in police report. Totally not satisfying.Generally, too many bad things happened to too many good people. Very annoying.However, very creative concept and LOTS of literary love for the [...]


  • Snarl

    I am an idiotwhat was the point?


  • Bruce

    I went to see Doug Dorst read when this book came out, got my copy in hardcover, had him autograph it, and reminded him of who I was—a former student from his days at Stanford. “Bruce,” he wrote, “Keep it up – Can’t wait to read more of your stuff!”But then it took me a long time—could it be 3 years??—to finally crack this thing and read it. I had tried once, as I recall, but the hook didn’t get set. This time, however, no such problem. I was drawn in from the first scene.I g [...]


  • Colin McKay Miller

    There might be a good story in Doug Dorst’s Alive in Necropolis, but I don’t have any more patience to get to it.The novel starts out with a suspenseful first chapter, as police officer Mike Mercer investigates a suspicious scene at a local cemetery. Unfortunately, the story crawls from there, as the next 200-something pages deal with Mercer’s relationships with an older lover, Fiona, his cop cliché partner, Nick Toronto, and the elderly woman who moved into his apartment complex, Lorna F [...]


  • Cameron

    I was curious about this book when I read its dust jacket, wondering why it was classified in my store's Fiction/Lit section as opposed to Sci-Fi/Fantasy where the bulk of Urban Fantasy resides. I had my answer after completing my ride-along with Officer Michael Mercer, Dorst's focal character, and it had to do with the pacing and stylistic nature of the book. Ravenous urban fantasy readers seeking that next thrilling storyline might find this novel harder to speed through (we are riding shotgun [...]


  • Trin

    There are more people dead than living in the Northern California city of Colma, a community centered almost entirely around cemeteries. (Where else are the people of nearby San Francisco going to bury their dead?) Rookie cop Mike Mercer has recently taken over a graveyard beat after his predecessor died, and just like the man he replaced, he soon starts hearing and seeing things he shouldn’t be. And by ‘things’ I naturally mean ‘dead people.’ Paging Haley Joel Osment!The somewhat ramb [...]


  • Loren

    By page 248, I gave up. I had been told that this was a ghost story for people who don't like ghost stories. I like ghost stories. Dorst had created wonderful characters in the ghosts. Unfortunately, they were a fraction of the story, which centered on a young cop. If he'd been policing the living and the dead, like I'd hoped, he would have been much more interesting to me. Instead, I couldn't figure out the appeal he had for all the boring living people buzzing around him. If I'd met this guy a [...]


  • Chaitra

    I'm not exactly sure what Necropolis was trying to say. On another day, I would have forgiven its rambling plot, but not right now when I'm already struggling to finish perfectly readable books. And this wasn't one of those. It had way too many subplots and asides to form a coherent whole. More unfortunately, the subplots and asides were just not interesting. The characters were not people I wanted to spend time with, and while this isn't necessarily a bad thing, in this particular book it was y [...]


  • Spiros

    Perhaps it was the cartoonish cover art, but I went into this book expecting a combination of "Six Feet Under" and SHAUN OF THE DEAD. What I got was much closer to "Six Feet Under", minus most of the queasy biological details. This is a very enjoyable, well paced read, with some irksome flaws: the chronology between events of the various plotlines is excedingly vague, and the physics of the ghostworld seems not to have been worked out, and seems to have been put in as a way of introducing famous [...]


  • Larry-bob Roberts

    It was the selection of San Francisco's One City One Book, so when my brother gave me a copy I thought I'd give it a shot. Very disappointed. Character development that crawled along about characters it was hard to care about. I was expecting something a little more in the genre fiction department, but this had the weakness of a writer who mistakenly thinks they're above genre fiction.


  • Lisa

    This is a terrible book. It is rife with trite interactions between poorly drawn characters. The women are about as unrealistic as you can get, conforming mostly to teenage cartoon fantasies then anything approximating anyone you've ever met. There are random samplings of nicely phrased sentences that serve little purpose in the book. The ghost-world is ineffectively drawn and boring.


  • Simon

    I think the author was wise not to let the ghost parts take over the book, but that only raises the question of their role in the book altogether. Take them out and you still have a fine novel about the main characters. They did have a kind of charm to them, but.


  • Kristen

    I don't read many novels these days, and I'm not a fan of the supernatural, but this one was worth the time. Excellent bus/train reading. Recommendation: read "Alive in Necropolis" and then rent the DVD "Colma: The Musical". Colma's made it, big time! Now it can go back to sleep


  • Dan

    Definitely liked the book, but not as much as I feel like I should have liked it. Can't put my finger on it, but something didn't really click with me. May just be that I read this right after Garp and there's really no comparing the two.


  • Eric

    Everybody knows I love reading novels set in San Francisco. And this is a good one. Actually, it's mostly about Colma (thus the title), but a lot of the action takes place in The City. Like the Cookie Monster says, "That's good enough for me!"


  • Aberlowitz

    A Colma police rookie sees ghosts and suffers from lovesickness amongst other ills in this slightly overlong but entertaining first novel


  • Cynthia Varady

    Dueling Librarians April 2013 review!


  • Renee

    The Dueling Librarians review for April 2013!


  • Douglas Gorney

    First, don't let the comic-book cover put you off. This is a worthwhile, real-world novel with complex characterizations, multi-layered plotting and, yes, a bit of supernatural presence thrown in.Doug Dorst is one to watch. The persona and world of his protagonist, Michael Mercer, feel fully fleshed out. Same with the other key characters. We get all the quirks and tics with which dysfunctional childhoods reverberate into adulthood. People take wrong turns, do good and selfless things sloppily, [...]


  • Thomas Brailey

    Super fun and different. I'm surprised I liked it as much as I did, to be honest. The way the ghosts are written about in the book was different and interesting. I personally with the author would write more, because after this and S, I'm officially a fan.


  • Sara

    4.5 stars. A very interesting, very different book that I'm glad I read. The closest book I could compare this to is Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book; obviously the target audiences are vastly different, but both deal with ghosts in a graveyard and the people who can see them. There are a number of levels to the story in Alive in Necropolis, which is definitely more character-driven than plot-driven. Mike Mercer is a rookie cop in the small California city of Colma, which has more dead residents [...]


  • Carrie

    I bought this book at the end of April, having seen it on an end-of-the-semester book buying trip near campus. I wanted to stock up on summer reading material; Dorst’s book wanted to be bought. I could tell by the blue and yellow cover, the graphic-novel style cover art, and the fact that the word “Necropolis” was in the title, that this book wanted to be taken home and devoured. The back cover whispered something about ghosts and the Bay area, two of my favorite things, and I knew the dea [...]


  • christa

    After drifting for a few years, the accident-prone former Hard Ten bartender Mike Mercer is inspired to become a cop when he reads a newspaper article about a San Francisco goodwill police officer who practices his mime routine while walking his beat.Mercer — nicknamed “Boy Thirteen” by his colleagues and the hero of Doug Dorst’s debut novel Alive in Necropolis — is set up in Colma, Calif with a stunning ratio of living residents versus cemeteries [Olivet Memorial Park, the Serbian Cem [...]


  • Heather

    I didn't finish the book. I won't finish this book. My friend told me about a unique story that was set in Colma about some ghosts in the cemetery and about a policeman. Since I live in San Francisco and I drive through Colma about once a week with my roommate Monique in the side seat yelling "No Cucuy!!", I thought this would be such an interesting read. So, I borrowed the book from Monique and started reading it. I think I've been at it for about two months. I read a little and then I got bore [...]


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