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A San Francisco medical examiner is assigned the case of a woman who apparently overdosed on heroin, except there are also signs of a murder. Wait, the dead woman had also been the nanny for the deputy chief medical examiner—and she was pregnant. There may well be a drug lord involved in the murder, and it’s clear that some powerful people don’t want the investigation to continue. Judy Melinek knows her forensics and her office politics. She’s a former S.F. assistant medical examiner and now a forensic pathologist. She writes with her husband T.J. Mitchell. —Elaine— From Elaine and Luisa's Picks: January - February 2020
A Bustle Most Anticipated Book of January 2020 "Scalpel sharp."--Kathy Reichs A young rookie medical examiner. A suspicious case. An underworld plot only she saw coming. From 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 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.