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About the Authors

Judy Melinek, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard University. She trained at UCLA in medicine and pathology, graduating in 1996. Her training at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York is the subject of her memoir, Working Stiff, which she co-wrote with her husband. Currently, Dr. Melinek is CEO of PathologyExpert Inc., & works as a forensic pathologist in Oakland. She also travels nationally and internationally to lecture on anatomic & forensic pathology and she has been consulted as a forensic expert in many high-profile legal cases.

T.J. Mitchell graduated with an English degree from Harvard and worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad and screenplay consultant in 2000. He co-authored the New York Times bestseller Working Stiff with his wife, Dr. Judy Melinek, in 2014. He and Judy are currently collaborating on First Cut, the debut novel in a medical examiner detective-fiction series, while raising their three children in San Francisco.

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Working StiffWorking Stiff

Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

By Judy Melinek, M.D., and T.J. Mitchell

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Published by Scribner | Hardcover | 272 pages | ISBN: 978-1476727257

Lively, action-packed, and loaded with mordant wit, Working Stiff offers a firsthand account of a young forensic pathologist’s daily life in one of America’s most arduous professions during her “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the unexpected challenges of shuttling between the domains of the living and the dead. The body never lies—and through the murders, accidents, and suicides that land on her table, Dr. Melinek lays bare the truth behind the glamorized depictions of autopsy work on shows like CSI and Law & Order to reveal the secret story of the real morgue.

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