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Author: Judy Melinek, T. J. Mitchell Narrator: Tanya Eby Publisher: Tantor Audio Audio Length: Release Date: August 2014 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781494573898

Publisher Description

Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation—performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple. Lively, action-packed, and loaded with mordant wit, Working Stiff offers a firsthand account of daily life in one of America's most arduous professions. 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 to reveal the secret story of the real morgue.

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  • “Far from the magic we see on TV, Working Stiff describes forensic pathology in the real world. The book is a compelling and absorbing read.”

    - Kathy Reichs, author of the Temperance Brennan “Bones” series
  • “Armchair detectives and would-be forensic pathologists will find Melinek’s well-written account to be inspiring and engaging.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Dr. Judy Melinek has a job few of us can imagine doing. She’s a forensic pathologist whose tasks on the job include investigating deaths, performing autopsies, and interacting with grieving family members. Narrator Tanya Eby brings life to the dead and the stories their bodies tell. Eby captures Melinek’s intellect, conscientiousness, and dark wit as she confronts difficult situations such as examining victims of murder and suicide and inventorying body parts from the September 11 terrorist attacks as well as from another plane crash a few months later. Eby presents a well-rounded picture of a wife and mother who happens to practice what many would consider a dark profession. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    - AudioFile
  • Far from the magic we see on TV, Working Stiff describes forensic pathology in the real world. The book is a compelling and absorbing read.

    - Kathy Reichs, author of the Temperance Brennan 'Bones' series

Awards

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month in Biographies and Memoirs
  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Judy Melinek, MD, and T. J. Mitchell are the co-authors of the bestseller memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner and the novels First Cut and the upcoming Cross Cut. Melinek studied at Harvard and UCLA, was a medical examiner in San Francisco for nine years, and works as a forensic pathologist in Oakland and as CEO of PathologyExpert Inc. T. J. Mitchell, her husband, is a writer with an English degree from Harvard, who has worked in the film industry.

About the Narrator

Tanya Eby is a novelist and an audiobook narrator who has earned several AudioFile Earphones Awards and been nominated for the Audie Award. She has a BA degree in English language and literature and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine.