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The fearless memoir of a young forensic pathologist’s “rookie season” as a NYC medical examiner, and the cases—hair-raising and heartbreaking and impossibly complex—that shaped her as both a physician and a mother

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 T. J. and their toddler Daniel holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation—performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy’s two years of training, taking readers behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple, including a firsthand account of the events of September 11, the subsequent anthrax bioterrorism attack, and the disastrous crash of American Airlines flight 587.

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 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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

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