Two years, 262 bodies, and the making of a medical examiner
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 her toddler, Daniel, holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation - performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. "Working Stiff" takes 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 bioterrorism attack, and the disastrous crash of American Airlines Flight 587. Lively, action-packed, and loaded with mordant wit, "Working Stiff" explores both the challenges and rewards of shutting between the domains of the living and the dead.