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Judy Melinek

Book - 2020

"For San Francisco's newest medical examiner, Dr. Jessie Teska, it was supposed to be a fresh start. A new job in a new city. A way to escape her own dark past. Instead she faces a chilling discovery when an opioid-overdose case contains hints of something more sinister. Jessie's superiors urge her to close the case, but as more bodies land on her autopsy table, she uncovers a constellation of deaths that point to an elaborate plot involving drug dealers and Bitcoin brokers... Au...topsy means "see for yourself," and Jessie Teska won't stop until she has seen it all - even if it means that the next corpse on the table could be her own."--Publisher description.

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Genres
Mystery fiction
Medical fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Hanover Square Press [2020]
Language
English
Physical Description
361 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781335008305
1335008306
Main Author
Judy Melinek (author)
Other Authors
T. J. Mitchell (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

A former assistant medical examiner in San Francisco, now a forensic pathologist in Oakland, Melinek here joins with husband Mitchell, her coauthor on Working Stiff, for a debut novel featuring medical examiner Dr. Jessie Teska. Jessie suspects that an overdose case is actually a drug lord's cover-up for murder and ignores warnings not to investigate as more bodies pile up. With a 100,000-copy first printing. Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Forensic pathologist Melinek and husband Mitchell (Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner) make their fiction debut with a strong series launch. The case load of San Francisco medical examiner Jessie Teska, who recently relocated from L.A. after a complicated breakup with her police detective boyfriend, includes a woman who died of an apparent heroin overdose. Under pressure from her superiors to quickly close the case, Jessie sees signs that the death may be a homicide. The issue becomes even more problematic after Jessie discovers that not only was the dead woman pregnant, she was also the deputy chief medical examiner's former nanny. While Jessie's gutsy personality will endear her to readers, it's the meticulous detail that distinguishes this novel; the authors nail the (oftentimes ghastly) mundanities of life as a medical examiner ("I had spent nearly an hour sloshing through a fetid soup of decomposition fluid and liquefied organs on the autopsy table"). Fans of Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta will be pleased. Agent: Jessica Papin, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret. (Jan.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A medical examiner discovers an attempt at a cover up during a suspected overdose case, and is shocked when her supervisors tell her to ignore it in the fiction debut of the best-selling authors of Working Stiff. 100,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A Bustle Most Anticipated Book of January 2020“Scalpel sharp.”—Kathy ReichsA young rookie medical examiner. A suspicious case. An underworld plot only she saw coming.From the New York Times bestselling authors of Working StiffFor San Francisco’s newest medical examiner, Dr. Jessie Teska, it was supposed to be a fresh start. A new job in a new city. A way to escape her own dark past.Instead she faces a chilling discovery when an opioid-overdose case contains hints of something more sinister. Jessie’s superiors urge her to close the case, but as more bodies land on her autopsy table, she uncovers a constellation of deaths that point to an elaborate plot involving drug dealers and Bitcoin brokers.Drawing on her real-life experiences as a forensics expert, Judy Melinek teams up with husband T.J. Mitchell to deliver the most exhilarating mystery of the year. Autopsy means “see for yourself,” and Jessie Teska won’t stop until she has seen it all—even if it means that the next corpse on the table could be her own.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A Bustle Most Anticipated Book of January 2020'scalpel sharp.''Kathy ReichsA young rookie medical examiner. A suspicious case. An underworld plot only she saw coming.From the New York Times bestselling authors of Working StiffFor San Francisco's newest medical examiner, Dr. Jessie Teska, it was supposed to be a fresh start. A new job in a new city. A way to escape her own dark past.Instead she faces a chilling discovery when an opioid-overdose case contains hints of something more sinister. Jessie's superiors urge her to close the case, but as more bodies land on her autopsy table, she uncovers a constellation of deaths that point to an elaborate plot involving drug dealers and Bitcoin brokers.Drawing on her real-life experiences as a forensics expert, Judy Melinek teams up with husband T.J. Mitchell to deliver the most exhilarating mystery of the year. Autopsy means 'see for yourself," and Jessie Teska won't stop until she has seen it all'even if it means that the next corpse on the table could be her own.