Joel Shulkin, MD

Medical Thriller Author

Launches 9/17/24.               PREORDER NOW

Heroic Measures (Book 1 of Death Benefits)

The medical examiner’s job is to speak for the dead and protect the living.


But what happens when the dead speak for themselves?



Stephen Englehart, an Armed Forces medical examiner. dedicates his life to bringing peace to the families of fallen soldiers. Tagged as one of the best, he’s able to spot forensic clues others miss. But when the body of a US Marine, supposedly burned beyond recognition, shows up with hardly a scratch, even Stephen is stumped. Were the bodies switched? Then, in the middle of the autopsy, the impossible happens.


The soldier wakes up.


Something incredible—and dangerous—is happening to the military’s elite, and Stephen may be the only one who can figure it out. And when Stephen’s sister, a Green Beret, goes missing, the entire military machine seems designed to stop him from finding her. To find the truth and save his sister, one man must stand against an army.  Can he be the hero he never thought he could?



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Featured Book

Toxic Effects (Book 2 of the Memory Thieves)


Don’t forget to be afraid.

Neuropsychiatrist Cristina Silva cannot escape her past. The voice in her head of her former identity won’t let her. Cristina also can’t quite manage to force herself to forget the ex-boyfriend she dumped: handsome police detective Gary Wilson.

Soon after beginning her new job at the Longwood Memory Center, Cristina receives a startling phone call from her contact at the FBI: an assassin is crisscrossing the country, killing anyone connected to the now-defunct pharmaceutical company ReMind—people like Cristina. The shadowy criminal enterprise Zero Dark is back.

Indeed, an assassin is tracking Cristina, a literal femme fatale known as Dama Branca. Like Cristina, DB’s memory was robbed by Zero Dark. Transfixed by the brilliant doctor, DB’s unsure what’s preventing her from killing Cristina. DB has memory glitches and longs to interpret them. Whether or not these have to do with Cristina, she doesn’t know, but she senses their fates are entwined—with any luck, not fatally.

Danger lurks in the shadows. Cristina’s spurned lover, Wilson, is investigating the suspicious deaths of local teens, convinced they’re not accidents. Before their bewildering ends, all the victims exhibit bizarre behavior, and there are now terrified whispers among their friends of a hooded boogeyman called Sack Man. One exceptional young man, Reggie Horne, is clearly in the middle of this bedlam. Wilson vows to prevent Sack Man from claiming Reggie as his next casualty.

And when Cristina’s in danger, Wilson is never far away. Just as it becomes apparent their two stories are entangled, the peril shoots sky-high. With at least one killer in their wake, they must quickly determine what’s real and what’s not. Unlocking Cristina’s memories could save many lives—her own included.






"Toxic Effects is one of the year's top medical thrillers"

-Finalist in the book awards!

Read the complete list here

Praise for ADVERSE EFFECTS (Book 1 in the Memory Thieves series)!


Read the entire review at Best Thriller Books!

"Although this is labeled a medical thriller, I would like to point out that there is a lot of espionage as well in case that helps you make your decision to pick it up or not. The premise is interesting and it is very action-packed. I’m not quite sure how it will be a series, as the author wrapped things up nicely at the end. However, I look forward to hearing more about Cristina and Wilson."

-San Francisco Book Review

ADVERSE EFFECTS won 2nd place in the BookFest Awards for medical thrillers! 


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Comments: 15
  • #15

    Kathleen Bylsma (Thursday, 30 May 2024 19:55)

    Looking forward to reading your works

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    Julie Bristow (Tuesday, 09 January 2024 09:04)

    I’m excited to read your work!

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    April C (Friday, 29 December 2023 00:16)

    Excited to come across you. Looking forward to reading your work!

  • #12

    Laressa (Thursday, 28 December 2023 22:50)

    I am also new ARCs but would love to read yours and give a review.

  • #11

    Brandi Walsh (Thursday, 28 December 2023 03:19)

    Hello, new to ARC's. Super excited to be here can't wait to dive into your books

  • #10

    Robyn Copeland (Tuesday, 26 December 2023 23:50)

    Excited to read this!

  • #9

    Freda Keyser (Tuesday, 26 December 2023 20:09)

    Can’t wait to read it! Thanks Joel!

  • #8

    Amber (Tuesday, 26 December 2023 08:53)

    Looking forward to it!

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    jennifer shirah (Sunday, 04 December 2022 00:17)

    Thank you, Joel!

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    Trisha (Wednesday, 14 September 2022 14:45)

    Thanks Joel!!

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    Diana Fahrenbruck (Monday, 13 December 2021 12:48)

    Thank you!

  • #3

    Nikita1611 (Tuesday, 28 April 2020 09:18)

    Can't wait to read ❤

  • #2

    Angela McCann (Thursday, 02 January 2020 07:46)

    This sounds really interesting, medical thriller isn't a genre I see very often and this is a fascinating concept. Can't wait to learn more about it.

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    Mary Ann (Friday, 07 June 2019 19:46)

    Can’t wait to read this!!