Review: NEAR DEATH by Glenn Cooper I believe this is the first thriller by Glenn Cooper that I have read (unless I disremember) and I LOVED it. I am now a committed fan. The protagonist of NEAR DEATH, I propose, is not the brooding, grief-stricken Boston FBI agent, but rather the genius-level British Harvard neuroscientist, a flaming and increasingly paranoid Narcissist. Alex Weller quite literally has NO boundaries in the pursuit of his science. Constantly engrossing and excellently written, NEAR DEATH is a thriller not to be missed.