T.F. Torrey's Things Worth Reading


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My name is T.F. Torrey, and I write books. My work tends to be quirky and off-beat. I try very hard to make my characters vulnerable and real, and my narrators are frequently unreliable. I am frequently not kind to my characters, but I try to be kind to my readers. I try very hard to make my books structured but unpredictable, unexpected yet inevitable, dangerous but intelligent. Sometimes they are funny, and sometimes there is sex and drugs and rock and roll. Sometimes they are subtle, and sometimes they are way over the top.

Beta readers wanted: I’m looking for a few people to act as beta readers for my upcoming books. When a book has been written, edited, and proofread, and I think it’s ready to go, I let beta readers have a look at it first. Beta readers let me know if any parts are confusing or otherwise problematic. Anyone can be a beta reader, as long as you can read and provide honest, specific feedback–preferably within a few days. There is no pay, but beta readers get to read new books before anyone else, and for free! Please send me an e-mail to tftorrey at tftorrey dot com if you are interested.

The Crazy Jack Trexlor Books

Noir novels featuring antihero artist Jack Trexlor, who is definitely not crazy.

The Crazy Jack
In 1980, Jack concocts a desperate plan to get a life of art for himself and justice for his girlfriend, who harbors a terrible secret.
The Desert King
In 1985, Jack reconnects with old friends and an enigmatic Navajo man, who leads them on a terrifying, high-speed adventure in the Arizona desert.
The Dancing Queen
In 1991, Jack dabbles in drugs, falls in love with a stripper, and is double-crossed in one big deal designed to get them free.

The Crusader Stories

Novels about Victor Storm’s quest for meaning and justice

Winter Kills
A retired special forces soldier looking for wisdom and a simple life battles a desperate criminal and an inept bureaucracy after experiencing a terrible crime.
Spring Rains
Victor Storm decides to use his Special Forces powers for good, in a bad way.


Stories not part of a series … yet.

In a dystopian world where paper books are outlawed, a group of paper-book treasure hunters stumbles upon the find of a lifetime.
Taxi Adventure
An honest taxi driver and his girlfriend scramble to return a briefcase despite the company’s quirky drivers and the increasingly hostile man who lost it.

Short Story Anthologies

Short stories of every trope and tone

Second Wind
Quirky characters, strange haunts, and surprising twists abound in this collection of short stories of men and women, life and death, good books, and more.
First Lies
Stories of spirits and souls, demons and devils, cemeteries and ghosts, unexplained phenomena and random violence, imagined and tortured as only a beginning writer can.

And more

Other things hopefully of interest

A determined writer battles an entrenched industry, self-doubt, writer’s block, and crushing obscurity to achieve sustainable success. This isn’t fiction, this is my life.
A diverse mixture of essays, poems, and funny bits. Basically, everything that doesn’t fit somewhere else.
Infrequent, personal assessments of books and sometimes more, with an emphasis on the independent, quirky, and unique.
About T.F. Torrey
Essays, reflections, and other personal information make up this collection that is part memoir, part autobiography, and part tall tale.
About T.F. Torrey’s Website
Anyone curious about the licenses, privacy policy, creation software, and other information can find it here.

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