Ted Thackrey

Ted Thackrey

Ted Thackrey Jr. was a Korean War vet, an author and newspaper reporter who, after stints at several newspapers, ended up in 1968 at the Los Angeles Times, where he became known over the next two decades for his colorful news stories, columns, and obituaries. His novel The Preacher was an Edgar Award finalist that led to two sequels, Aces & Eights and King of Diamonds, and the movie Wild Card starring Powers Boothe. He also  wrote the non-fiction books The Gambling Secrets of Nick the Greek and The Thief: The Autobiography of Wayne Burke and ghostwrote over 40 books and several screenplays. Thackrey Jr. died in 2001.

Books by Ted Thackrey

The Preacher Trilogy: All Three Novels

The Preacher Trilogy: All Three Novels

All 3 Books in the Edgar Award Nominated PREACHER series. If You Like Reacher, You'll Love The Preacher. 

Once he served God as a priest. Once he served his country as a soldier. Now he serves fate…and his need for redemption…by roaming the country as a professional gambler known only as The Preacher, an unforgettable hero who once saved souls and now deals death.

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The Preacher: King of Diamonds – Audiobook Edition

The Preacher: King of Diamonds - Audiobook Edition

The audio book edition of the third and final book in the PREACHER trilogy.

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The Preacher: King of Diamonds

The Preacher: King of Diamonds

The Preacher brings his high-stakes game of death and justice to a California casino that's the temple for a deadly cult led by a brilliant psychopath with horrific intentions.  

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Reviews For Ted Thackrey

The Preacher: King of Diamonds 5.0

Thackrey’s non-fiction works include studies of the various games of poker, as well as biographies of actual professional gamblers (most notably Nick the Greek). So he is well aware that poker is not simply a card game of chance but also, as The Preacher himself calls it, “one of the great undiscovered tools of psychological investigation.” The betting and bluffing habits of those around the table, as well as their general behavior during the many hands, provide insights as detailed and accurate as any modern forensic or profiling investigation report. This same intensive insight is applied to the other town suspects and settings, even when poker is not involved. Thackrey livens these observations with doses of subtle and sarcastic humor, further enriching their depth and relevance to the plot.

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