Michael Tabman is a multifaceted man. Not only has he worked as a police officer and FBI agent, he’s an author and lecturer. I first met Michael on Fran Lewis’ talk show on Blog Talk Radio. I was delighted when he asked me to review his novel, “Midnight Sin”. He also asked if I’d like to read his non-fiction book, “Walking the Corporate Beat”. I look forward to reading his newest addition to his literary lineup, “Bad Intent” – which I just bought for .99 cents for my Nook! Also available at Amazon.com in Kindle format.
When did you start writing?
Immediately after retiring from the FBI five years ago.
What gave you the idea for your first book?
My first book, Walking the Corporate Beat: Police School for Business People is a non-fiction, lessons learned based on my 27 years experience as a cop and FBI Agent. After retiring, and reflecting on all the situations and characters I encountered, mostly humorous, I realized there were probably some great life and business lessons to be learned.
What genre do you write?
My next books, Midnight Sin and Bad Intent are crime novels.
What do you do to keep yourself focused?
I just let the story flow straight from my mind to the computer. I always have the television on for background noise.
Do you stay with one project or do you work on multiple projects?
I generally work one project at a time.
What is your writing process?
I just sit down and write; no particular process.
How do you find your voice?
My stories are inspired by my days as a cop and FBI Agent. I stay true to that voice.
Do you know your ending before you begin?
I have a general idea, but it does change as the story unfolds.
What is your latest release?
Bad Intent, released in installments of one short story at a time, was inspired by my years on an FBI-NYPD Drug/Organized Crime Task Force.
What other books do you have published?
My crime novel Midnight Sin, inspired by a real case I worked as a plain clothes cop, was endorsed by Law and Order Producer Peter Giuliano.
Where are your books available?
My books, and everything about me can be found at michaeltabman.com
Walking the Corporate Beat – Michael Tabman
Two things happened that I never expected when I read “Walking the Corporate Beat”. First, I really enjoyed a non-fiction book on business. Second, I learned something.
In “Walking the Corporate Beat”, Michael Tabman takes principles he learned as a police officer and FBI agent and applies them to running a company. It amazed me that the same rules and procedures police and investigative officers use can help a business run more smoothly.
“Walking the Corporate Beat” is highly readable. By using situations he encountered as a police officer or FBI agent, Tabman illustrates the points he’s making for businessmen. This is what makes it so interesting and easy to read. It’s more like a story and less like a dry lecture.
Not only does Tabman clearly express his points as they apply to business, we see something of the man behind the principles. Michael Tabman doesn’t use a lot of fancy language to get his point across. I was never lost, wondering where he was going. I loved that! I wish the textbooks I had to read in school were written more along this line. I would have learned and retained so much more.
In each chapter, Tabman relates anecdotes from his police and FBI careers, applying the techniques used for organizing, disseminating information and reacting to a situation, to business. After reading “Walking the Corporate Beat”, I know what a measured response is and how to implement one. I know to keep it simple (KISS) and the importance of having clear lines of communication between those in charge and their subordinates – as well as between all the leaders.
In the next to last chapter, Tabman creates a company, an executive, Joe Bridges, and a situation that Bridges must confront and deal with. Through this, he brings to life everything he’s discussed in the prior chapters. I won’t tell you whether or not Joe is 100% successful, but Tabman is. His example serves to clarify his points well. In the final chapter, her summarizes briefly everything he’s discussed.
Busy executives could take this book and use it to improve the way their companies operate. These same ideals could be applied to large or small organizations. This book could also be useful to those in government offices and schools.
I highly recommend “Walking the Corporate Beat” by Michael Tabman. It is well thought out, clearly written and so interesting I found it hard to put down.
Midnight Sin by Michael Tabman
“Midnight Sin” by Michael Tabman is a realistic look at the world of police work. Told from the perspective of young officer, Gary Hollings, “Midnight Sin” reveals the investigation of a major crime spree—a serial rapist.
When we first meet Gary, he’s a rookie working with his training officer, Thompson. To Gary’s eyes, Thompson appears to be a self-possessed, experienced officer. Hollings begins to see his flaws, realizing that Thompson is also an arrogant jerk who enjoys belittling other offers. He particularly likes to bully officer Jim Burkett.
Burkett makes an easy target. Older, heavy and slow, he’s unmarried and lives with his mother. Though he claims to have an active social life, Hollings suspects he’s actually quite lonely.
Things turn dangerous when Hollings and Thompson join Burkett on a call of suspicious activity at a convenience store. They discover that they’ve walked into an armed robbery in progress. Thompson and Hollings are shot, but not seriously wounded.
During his hospital stay, Gary Hollings meets Janie, whom he eventually dates. Janie has a great distrust of cops, having dated a few. Gary has a tough time trying to allay her fears. Unfortunately, he manages to reinforce as many as he alleviates. Theirs is a bumpy relationship, made more difficult when he gets assigned to the serial rapist task force.
Gary Hollings is young, enthusiastic and somewhat naïve. Even after being on the force a couple years, he doesn’t entirely lose his naivete. He’s kind and compassionate, illustrated by his interactions with the rape victims and his fellow officers.
Sargent Hughes, the head of the Third Precinct, is a quiet man. He keeps to himself, rarely going on patrol with his men. The officers joke that he’s more interested in correcting the grammar in their reports than he is doing any actual police work. Because of his laissez-faire leadership, things on the night shift aren’t all they should be.
As time passes, Gary gains some experience as an officer. Feeling more confident, he tries hard to learn from his mistakes both professionally and personally. He is eventually tapped for the special task force formed to track and apprehend the serial rapist. He and the other members follow leads and close in on the rapist, with a surprising twist at the end.
“Midnight Sin” keeps the reader enthralled, leading toward a conclusion that keeps us guessing. I highly recommend it for those who enjoy crime dramas with an in depth look at the lives of the people behind the investigations. It is as much a character study as it is a mystery.
© Dellani Oakes 2011
Be watching later this year for a review of Tabman’s newest book, “Bad Intent”