Dr. Judy Melinek & T.J. Mitchell: First Cut

Tuesday January 7: 7:30PM 8:30PM

Buy a copy of First Cut or a $15 gift card in-store to attend. This event will take place in the 2nd Floor Art Department, located through our main store entrance at 828 Broadway. 


Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

San Francisco’s newest medical examiner, Dr. Jessie Teska, has made a chilling discovery. A suspected overdose case contains hints of something more sinister: a drug lord’s attempt at a murderous cover-up. But as Jessie digs deeper, she faces unexpected pushback from her superiors—and pressure to stay in her lane, close the case and move on.

For Jessie, San Francisco was supposed to be a fresh start, a chance to escape her troublesome past in Los Angeles. Instead she finds herself overworked and underpaid, working in a dingy morgue and living under the fog in a cramped converted cable car. Now, despite warnings from her colleagues and threats from her boss, she is determined to find the truth.

As more bodies land on her autopsy table, Jessie uncovers a constellation of deaths that point to a plot involving opioid traffickers and San Francisco’s shifting terrain of tech start-ups. 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 slab could be her own.

Join us in 2nd floor Art Department for the release of First Cut and a discussion between authors Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell and award-winning journalist Faith Salie.

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 their first book, the memoir Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner. 

T.J. Mitchell
is a writer with an English degree from Harvard, and worked in the film industry before becoming a full-time stay-at-home dad. He is the New York Times bestselling co-author of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner with his wife, Judy Melinek.

Faith Salie is an Emmy-winning contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and a regular on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! She hosted PBS’s Science Goes to the Movies and is a storyteller for The Moth, with her story included in The New York Times bestseller, Occasional Magic. Faith is the author of Approval Junkie, a memoir which became a solo show for the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Time, Slate, O,The Oprah Magazine, among others. She’s performed at Carnegie Hall, sung with the Boston Pops, and swum with the Weeki Wachee mermaids. Faith's a Rhodes scholar, and her cohort went on to become things like 2020 presidential candidates and Pulitzer Prize winners, while she went to Hollywood and landed on a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine collectible trading card worth hundreds of cents.