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Library of the Dead

(Will Piper #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  12,260 ratings  ·  1,060 reviews
The most shocking secret in the history of mankind is about to be revealed...A murderer is on the loose on the streets of New York City: nicknamed the Doomsday Killer, he's claimed six victims in just two weeks, and the city is terrified. Even worse, the police are mystified: the victims have nothing in common, defying all profiling, and all that connects them is that each ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published May 21st 2009 by Arrow (first published 2009)
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Asteropê I actually counted using Adobe Digital Editions search. There was about 87-89 use of fuck or its variants. So, while that is a lot, that is not the eq…moreI actually counted using Adobe Digital Editions search. There was about 87-89 use of fuck or its variants. So, while that is a lot, that is not the equivalent of hundreds in the plural, which implies more than 100. I have not read this book yet and when I searched the text, I did not read the context - so I do not know if it was said in moments of distress, anger, by the villain, etc.

I think it's unfair to imply the author has a psychological problem due to his use of the words in a FICTIONAL story. You are totally unqualified to judge that and besides using swear words, even very often is not the sign of a mental illness! Just like authors who write about taboo or touchy subjects like child sex abuse or rape do not like the subjects they are write and are not sickos for writing a story featuring a serial killer/rapist that likes to prey on young girls and the detective that is trying to stop/catch him. Writers write fiction stories and the words and actions of their characters do not represent them. Just because a story or character states an opinion or does something, doesn't mean the author shares it. So, while the character(s) in this book may drop the f-bomb often, that doesn't mean the author does or even likes using the word in real life -- and it certainly doesn't make him mentally ill, even if he did.

If the use of the word fuck is too triggering for you, I recommend you stick to inspirational genres which take great care to not featuring swear words, sex or violence. You could also try reading Middle Grade and Young Adult. Though there are many YA books that might be an issue for you - some even have swear words in them, because teens surprise, surprise do swear. Most modern action and thriller books will have some form of swearing in them, though, so be prepared. (less)

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Nov 02, 2010 rated it did not like it
Oh good lord, can you say cliched? There were some interesting and occasionally chilling moments in this book but they were few and far between. The main character was appallingly misogynistic - he's only attracted to the main love interest when she's lost weight and basically changed her personality. The main antagonist was a far more believable and sympathetic character than the hero whose characterisation kept this novel at severely third level thriller.

The basic premise was interesting enoug
Apr 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent! Those who haven't read it yet have a treat in store for them. This book lives up to its promotion and then some.

I was not too sure when I started if I was going to like it (slightly over-use of the F-word and a particular scene that was unsettling violence personally). But that all quickly fades into the background as the well-written story takes off.

I so don't want to ruin this masterfully written story for anyone else but if you like suspense, I heartily recommend Secret of the Seve
Jul 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
somewhere between 3-3.5 stars
Mar 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Leonardo Patrignani
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a nice story! I definitely want more. Glenn Cooper rocks!
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Stopped at the local Borders for a “beach read” and found this book in the “bargain” section. What a find! The story jumps from present day to early days (starting at 777) to post WWII as it reveals a library of sorts discovered on an island owned by England. Since England had enough on their plate to recoup after the War, they contact President Truman. The story opens with a class reunion of four college roommates, one currently an FBI agent. Will Piper is one of the best hunters of serial kill ...more
Jon Price
May 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing

Whilst on a recent holiday with friends in a rental property in the Dordogne region of France; where I had gone to soak up the history and archaeology of the area – particularly the spectacular examples of Cave art; I was loaned a copy of “ Library Of The Dead “.

Being a voracious reader of varied interests I was delighted to receive this unexpected windfall – as I had, in my usual disorganised way, omitted to pack any books to read. A glance at the précis on
Dec 21, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: absolutely nobody
I'm done! I'm free! I've finally finished this piece of shit!

... Okay maybe it wasn't that bad. But it was pretty bad. And it took me more than a month to finish (partly because it was bad and partly because I was dumb enough to read it in Spanish).

Will Piper, FBI agent and certified Asshole™, gets assigned to a case where seemingly random people get a postcard with the date of their death a few days before they do, indeed, die, on the exact date the card predicted. He also needs to work with a
Dec 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Not only do I rarely rate a book less than three stars, but I almost never DNF one either. Often books that I wasn't sure about at first end up being fantastic stories in the end.

Yeah... I didn't see that happening with Library of the Dead at all. Plus, it was getting physically hard to read it what with all the eye rolling it prompted.

Probably the best way I could describe the 40 pages I suffered through is to refer you to Season 4 Episode 6 of The Good Place. Brent, the embodiment of what happ
Syazwanie Winston Abdullah
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was fascinating indeed. Wonder how many were facts from fiction. A very interesting theory indeed. So Doomsday will be on 9 February 2027. This was a fast read, only I took my time to savor all the plot twists. A very captivating read between the past and present. Fast paced. Though the romance was thrown in to spice the storyline which I felt was not necessary but yet expected.
Oct 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooper-glen
The author combines a modern murder mystery with historical fiction.
He let's the cat out of the bag a bit to early, but still I couldn't wait to read what would happen next.
I'm pretty sure this book will stay in my collection and I'll be looking for more books from this author.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Time taken to read - in and out over 3 days

Pages - 410

Publisher - Arrow

Blurb from Goodreads

The most shocking secret in the history of mankind is about to be revealed...A murderer is on the loose on the streets of New York City: nicknamed the Doomsday Killer, he's claimed six victims in just two weeks, and the city is terrified. Even worse, the police are mystified: the victims have nothing in common, defying all profiling, and all that connects them is that each received a sick postcard in the
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very, very interesting book with a refreshingly original idea. Library of the Dead starts off as your usual serial homicide story, seemingly unsolvable, until you find out what really happens. You'll never be able to guess. This is a very refreshing alternative to the usual religious-conspiracy-secrets genre. Still finds its roots in some ancient brotherhood that just has to be related to Christianity, but it's not what you think. This book is full of surprises that will keep you turning page af ...more
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This was not the story I was expecting. But it was a pleasant surprise. At first it seemed like there were three or four completely unconnected stories going on, murders in present day New York, dodgy goings on in England just after WWII, strange monks in AD777. None of them seemed to have any link. And there was no mention of a library!! Most confusing.
However it does all come together and provides some suspense as the FBI agent in charge of the murder investigation tries to workout what is go
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
A really good read. Initially a bit confusing as each chapter occurs in a different time and place with different characters but they all intertwine in the end with some interesting twists!
Bernadette Davies
I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was recommended to me by a friend and I wasn't sure I would like it but read it anyway, mostly to humour her. Library of the Dead, started out slow, and confusing. There are a number of different timelines woven into the book, 777AD, 1947 and 2009, each with their own story. As I read, I wondered how they would all come together and I don't mind saying, I was a little confused as each time frame told a completely separate story. However, each st ...more
Dereck Chaves
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Keeps you entertained, at the edge of your seat. Very well written, you can tell the writer knows what he's talking about, where he's going. The mixture of past events, and contemporaneous events make this book really interesting and relatable. Can't wait to start the next book of the series. ...more
Anna Maria
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow what a book! I couldn't stop reading it. You must read it, infact I bought the trilogy and will read it again and again, it's a fantastic story and kept me hooked I kept turning the pages I couldn't put it down ...more
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
neh...nice try, but far from a great read
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading this book and really enjoyed it. An interesting plot and good characters moved the story along. I have added this to my read again collection.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2018
First book by this author that I’ve read. Really gripping story going backwards in time at points to give context. BTH is the crucial end game.
Jo Carter
Oct 04, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
Dnf-ed on 4th October 2018 at 50 pages.

I'm quite sad to be abandoning this book as I had high hopes based on the cover and the title, but I should have known since I wasn't engaged with the blurb other than being interested because I've newly discovered my enjoyment of crime fiction.

I gave up at the Winston Churchill chapters in the 1940's as I'd already had a gutful.

First off, the supposed "hero" Will Piper is a jerk. Aside from being the stereotypical drunken lawman (and for someone who has
Al Bità
Jun 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Every so often I like to temper my reading with something that is more like a pastime — the kind of non-taxing reading that this book promised to be. There are a few rules that are required to enjoy this type of work: turn off one’s critical mindset; don’t worry too much about the writing as such; concentrate more on the plot; and don’t expect too much in characterisation (usually two-dimensional, if you’re lucky, and all the men at least seeming never to have matured beyond a sexist college men ...more
May 01, 2017 rated it liked it
LIBRARY of the DEAD by Glenn Cooper.

This book is set across 3 different time-lines 1996, 1945, 777. It starts in 1996 with a series of gruesome murders & deaths all thought to be the work of a serial killer dudded "the Doomsday Killer" because of postcards that were sent to each of the victims. Each one had a coffin drawn along with their names & DOD.
It quickly becomes apparent that there is no serial killer.
The other all story line is good but it is really let down by the characters & very pred
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Thought it could be an excellent summer read. It was not. 😒
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
A quick read that had an obvious ending at the half way point.
Marta Cox
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Three and a half
Feb 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Hey, Glenn Cooper, you are terribly boring.
Yes, I know, Library of the dead is a bestseller in America, in Europe and in Italy too. Now that I've read it I don't know why. Honestly, I expected a bit more; the plot is interesting but it isn't enough. There are a few cliché and, excuse me author, where is the suspense? There was a lot of bore, but I didn't find suspense and thriller.
I am definitely not going to get the second book.

La domanda, com'è legittimo, sorge spontanea: perché ho deciso di
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't get caught by the very first page as other Cooper's books. But the pace grows in a nice and proper way, developing the story to the point that you can't stop read it!

I will definitely go for the second chapter of the saga.
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Glenn Cooper is an internationally bestselling thriller writer.

Glenn was born in New York City and grew up in nearby White Plains. He attended White Plains High School before enrolling at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he graduated from Harvard with an honors degree in archaeology. He then attended Tufts University School of Medicine and did his post-doctoral training at the

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