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Publisher's Summary

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 best-selling 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.

©2020 Judy Melinek, T.J. Mitchell (P)2020 Harlequin Audio

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Why???

I had to fight to make it through this book! I don’t understand how the heroine in story couldn’t figure out basic “who dun it’s” . I want to scream so many times through this book and then other parts so 🥱

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Enjoyed, hope it becomes a series.

While this wasn't the best, it was very good and it was one that held my attention. I'd like to hear more about the characters and where the future takes them. The story itself could have been better and I hope it is in the next one!

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Slow and unengaging

Sorry to fans of this would-be thriller, but I found this crime novel really boring. For me, it was just another clone of the formula storyline about a rookie in peril in an obviously sinister environment. In addition, the inclusion of a lot of detail that did not advance the plot really slowed down the pace. I had to crank up the speed to finish.

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A great twist on noir detective novel

It’s essentially a noir detective novel, but with interesting twists since the protagonist is a medical examiner. Well worth the listen!

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Loved Loved CANNOT WAIT until next book

great strong female lead
loved the accuracy of the medical field (given author no surprise) overall great read and good mystery

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Awesome, I love the it.

I love the level of detal. the story and plotline are great. It's a must read/ listen.

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Wow!!!

Judy and T.J. have done it again!!! I couldn’t stop listening!!!! Can’t wait for the next book.

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Great storytelling and left me wanting MORE!

The story grabbed me from the beginning! I especially loved all the detail about being in the "trenches" of a Medical Examiner's office and morgue. Having worked in a Pathology Lab previously, Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell brought me right back with their descriptive narrative of the sights (and smells) of working in this field. The blend of detective work meets M.E. was truly refreshing and was integrated flawlessly.
I really enjoyed Amanda Dolan's performance/reading of First Cut. She brought life to Jessie's character and, although I don't know any Polish, was quite convincing with her inflections and delivery.
I finished the book wanting more - so, when is "Second Cut" coming out? ;)

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Awesome read

This is my first read from these two authors and I was not disappointed.Melinek and Mitchell make a great duo. The expertise of Dr Melinek comes across clearly and effectively without drowning the reader in useless medical lingo.
The minute workings of the judicial system are weaved effortlessly into the story. The characters are compelling and have depth. An excellent read and one of many I will read from this outstanding dou.