First Cut

by Judy Melinek M.D. Mitchell T.J.

On Sale: 16/12/2019


About the Book

A hard-nosed San Francisco medical examiner uncovers an underworld plot in this fiction debut by the New York Times bestselling authors of Working Stiff.

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 a suspected 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 nefarious opioid traffickers and flashy tech titans who got rich off Bitcoin. Autopsy means ‘see for yourself,’ and Jessie Teska won’t stop until she has seen it all — even if it means the next corpse on the table could be her own.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781489293114
  • ISBN 10: 1489293116
  • Imprint: HQ Fiction
  • On Sale: 16/12/2019
  • Pages: 286
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths


Judy Melinek, M.D. 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 her and T.J's first book, the memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner.

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