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Alive in Necropolis
Doug Dorst
Adult Fiction DORST

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This 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. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Is rookie cop Michael Mercer losing his mind? Or do the dead in the Colma, CA, cemetery-where rest the likes of Joe DiMaggio and Wyatt Earp-have a life of their own? A fun debut; with a reading group guide. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Michael Mercer
Lives in a town where the dead outnumber the living; saved the life of a troubled teenager left unconscious in a cemetary; able to see and hear ghosts; dating an older woman; trying to get along with his partner; obsessed with the mysterious fate of his predecessor who could also communicate with the dead; pursuing a gang of ghostly thugs who are haraasing the townspeople.
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