Biography & Autobiography
6 x 9
Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
Judy Melinek, MD, Author
T.J. Mitchell, Author
About the Book
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.
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 bio-terrorism attack, and the disastrous crash of American Airlines flight 587.
Lively, action-packed, and loaded with mordant wit,
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
Law & Order
to reveal the secret story of the real morgue.
“Far from the magic we see on TV,
describes forensic pathology in the real world. The book is a compelling and absorbing read.”
— Kathy Reichs, author of the Temperance Brennan "Bones" series
"Fascinating case studies and a refreshing irreverence toward death and autopsies make Working Stiff a funny and engrossing read."
— Sandeep Jauhar, author of "Intern: A Doctor's Initiation" and "Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician"
is an engrossing and revealing glimpse into the making of a medical examiner with a searing insider's view into working at the New York Medical Examiner's Office during and just after 9/11. The story of how the author dealt with her father's suicide during childhood and later had to deal with suicides as part of her duties is wrenching and compelling."
— Jan Garavaglia, M.D. (Dr. G from the Discovery Channel Series and author of "How Not to Die"
"A riveting read, at once compassionate and morbidly fascinating."
— Todd Harra, author of "Over Our Dead Bodies"
"Working Stiff is an eye-opening, gripping account of the life of a forensic pathologist working in New York City. Whether dealing with routine autopsies, surviving relatives, or the catastrophe of September 11, Dr. Judy Melinek reveals the dignity of being human in the face of death."
— Leora Tanenbaum, author of "Taking Back God"
· National TV, print, and radio publicity campaign
· Online advertising campaign
· Author events in New York and San Francisco
· Cross promotion with author's websites: PathologyExpert.com, DrJudyMelinek.com, and DrWorkingStiff.com and social media
· Targeted blog and website outreach
Judy Melinek is a forensic pathologist and an associate clinical professor at UCSF Medical Center. She earned her college degree from Harvard and received her medical degree and pathology residency training at UCLA. She has worked and lived in San Francisco with her husband, T.J. Mitchell, and their children since 2004.
T.J. Mitchell graduated with an English degree from Harvard and worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad in 2000.