First Cut (Hardcover)
A hard-nosed San Francisco medical examiner uncovers an underworld plot in this fiction debut by the New York Times bestselling authors of Working Stiff 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, who urge her 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 surly colleagues and threats from her domineering boss, she is determined to discover the truth. As more bodies land on her autopsy table, Jessie uncovers a constellation of deaths that point to an elaborate plot involving nefarious 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. Gritty, compelling and introducing an irresistibly badass heroine, First Cut is a deliciously thrilling crime debut from the New York Times bestselling authors of Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner.