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NOW ONLINE – Working Stiffs: Forensic science and fiction in the US and Aotearoa New Zealand

Dr Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist, conducted death investigations in New York and California for 19 years before relocating with her family to New Zealand in July, 2020, to perform coronial autopsies.

T.J Mitchell, her husband, earned a degree in English literature at Harvard University and worked in Hollywood and as a stay-at-home dad before becoming a novelist.

Melinek and Mitchell work together as a writing team, publishing both nonfiction – the New York Times bestselling memoir “Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner” and fiction – the mystery novels First Cut and Aftershock in the Jessie Teska forensic thriller series. “Working Stiff” chronicled Dr Melinek’s experiences training as a New York City medical examiner during and after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on that city.

“First Cut” and “Aftershock” are detective novels in the American noir tradition, set in contemporary San Francisco. The first two novels in their Jessie Teska series are now available from HarperCollins worldwide in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook.

Follow their family from New York to California to New Zealand as they highlight the successful Kiwi response to COVID‑19, and how and why it brought them to these shores to live and work and study and write.

The Working Stiffs make their home in windy Wellington with their two daughters and their American mutt, Winston.

This live-streamed public lecture is hosted by the Forensic Biology Summer School, Faculty of Dentistry in conjunction with the Dunedin Branch of the Australian New Zealand Forensic Science Society.

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Date Thursday, 17 February 2022
Time 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Lecture
LocationOnline via livestream
Contact Name Dr Angela Clark
Contact Phone+64 3 479 4957

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