In the spring of 1997, two rural Tennessee addicts find themselves under investigation for dealing crystal meth. Together, they concoct an ill-conceived plan to outrun the law, letting nothing stand in their way. Murder, insurance fraud and switched identities are only the beginning of a cat and mouse mystery that leaves an unidentified muder victim in their wake. As the case goes unsolved, Dr. Chris Walsh, Chief Forensics Odontologist of the Tennessee Medical Examiners office sets his sights on identifying the nameless victim and solving the gruesome crime. Fact and fiction collide in this intricate and chilling story by first time author Dr. Mike Tabor. Culled from real case history, Tabor leads the reader on a journey that takes them from the world famous Body Farm in Knoxville, TN to the site of World Trade Center terror attacks and the identification of nearly 1000 victims. Intrigue, drama and edge-of-your-seat suspense help make Walk of Death an exciting and frightening read that rivals some of the best crime dramas ever published.
Dr. Mike Tabor has served as Chief Forensic Odontologist for the state of Tennessee Office of the Medical Examiner since 1983. He is a Fellow and past Section Chairman of the American Academy of Forensic Science. On a local level, he has served under two different governors as President of the Tennessee Board of Dental Examiners. He holds the Mastership award of the Academy of General Dentistry and is a member of the American Dental Association. In 2004, he was elected by his local peers as the 2004 Tennessee AGD ‘Dentist of the Year.’
He is past president and board of directors member of the American Board of Forensic Odontology, and active member of the American Society of Forensic Odontology. Dr. Tabor assisted the New York Medical Examiner’s Office in 2001 on two different occasions in the identification of the victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attack. In 1975, Dr. Tabor established an elite private dental practice, Tabor Dental Associates, in Hendersonville Tennessee. In 2012, his son and daughter-in-law, Drs. Jayson and Mary Beth practice together at the original location. Dr. Tabor continues to maintain a private practice in Nashville. Tabor’s daughter, Missy, lives in Atlanta with her husband Steve. These adult children have provided the world’s utmost joy in sharing with the Tabors the most precious grandchildren on earth.
Dr. Tabor’s hobbies include golf, travel, writing, and refereeing Tennessee high school football, a hobby he enjoyed for over twenty years. He and Karen’s favorite pastime now is playing the role of ‘Poppy and KK’ with their wonderful grandchildren. This book is truly a legacy for the family.
“Mike Tabor’s professional experience and expertise are clearly evident in this dramatic novel.Walk of Death will capture and hold your attention to the very last page while providing you with fascinating insight into how real forensic scientists collaborate to solve a murder mystery.” — Cyril H. Wecht, M.D., J.D., Past president, American Academy of Forensic Science, Chief Medical Examiner, Allegeheny County, Pittsburg, PA
“This exciting novel will give the reader a true mental picture of the many steps in solving a forensic mystery.” — Dr. Bill Bass, Founder, The Body Farm
“An exciting, riveting and suspense filled forensic novel with an unbelievable ending. You won’t be able to put this book down. I guarantee it!” — Richard Souviron, DDS, Miami Dade County Medical Examiner's Office