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 – Audiobook Edition

The Preacher - Audiobook Edition

The audiobook edition of Ted Thackrey's Edgar-nominated thriller. Read by Shawn Compton.

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The Preacher: Aces & Eights

The Preacher: Aces & Eights

The Preacher gambles for an atomic bomb...and the fate of Las Vegas hangs in the balance.

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The Preacher

The Preacher

An Edgar Award finalist! When the one-eyed wanderer called the Preacher sets out to avenge a murdered veteran, nothing can keep him from uncovering the truth, even if he has to take on every lawmaker — and lawbreaker — in town.

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Reviews For Ted Thackrey

The Preacher 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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