First Cut

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Hanover Square Press
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.1 inches | 1.02 pounds

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About the Author

Judy Melinek, MD, 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.


"Scalpel sharp. First Cut allows a peek into the autopsy room through the eyes of a pro."--Kathy Reichs

"Who better to deliver a genuinely compelling mystery than real-life medical examiners? Fans of CSI and Forensic Files will devour this well plotted story."--Karin Slaughter

"All the charm, gruesome detail and surprising empathy that made Working Stiff such a delight brought back in a novel. An impressive opener to a series that deserves to run and run."--Alex Marwood, author of The Wicked Girls and The Killer Next Door

"A strong series launch...While Jessie's gutsy personality will endear her to readers, it's the meticulous detail that distinguishes this novel...Fans of Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta will be pleased."--Publishers Weekly

"The married authors...expertly employ their know-how, maintaining blood-and-guts vérité while empathetically exploring what it's like to do a job with actual life-and-death stakes. First Cut is a fascinating, entertaining series kickoff, with a particularly kickass heroine."--BookPage

"If you love a fast-paced story with a true crime feel to it, waste no time hunting down the debut novel First Cut....The husband and wife writing team merges the insider expertise of a career medical examiner who has dealt with every detail of deaths from city morgues (Melinek) and a writer who understands how to work nuanced characters with distinctive personalities into a well-paced narrative with surprising twists and turns (Mitchell)."--Jersey's Best