If you are drawn to forensic science and those dramas on video that glamorize the work in the morgue, this read will be an eye opener for you. Melinek describes the seedy, disorganized, smelly aspects of working in a big city (New York) morgue and to make things worse for her, she comes on board as a new coroner a few days before 9/11. What follows is a unvarnished account of her two years on the job as a newbie NYC coroner. Along the way Melinek does her best to give a final voice to the dead before they leave her care. This is part science writing, part autobiography, part crime thriller and part tell all.