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T.J. Mitchell and Dr. Judy Melinek

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When the city’s newest medical examiner Dr. Jessie Teska discovers that a suspected overdose conceals a drug lord’s attempt at a murderous cover-up, her superiors pressure her to close the case and move on. But as more bodies land on her autopsy table, Jessie traces a plot involving opioid traffickers and a shifting terrain of tech start-ups, and she won’t stop until she has uncovered the truth–even if it means the next corpse on the slab could be her own.

Judy Melinek was an assistant medical examiner in San Francisco for nine years, and today works as a forensic pathologist in Oakland and as CEO of PathologyExpert Inc. She and T.J. Mitchell met as undergraduates at Harvard, after which she studied medicine and practiced pathology at UCLA. Her training in forensics at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner is the subject of their first book, the memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner.

T.J. Mitchell is a writer with an English degree from Harvard, and worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad. He is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner with his wife, Judy Melinek.