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Marisa Lankester
Marisa Lankester, a young woman with a privileged upbringing, stumbles into the backdoor of Ron “The Cigar” Sacco’s illegal bookmaking operation in Los Angeles. She maneuvers herself into the “men only” world and becomes a trusted insider.


T.K. Thorne
Angels at the Gate is a story of adventure and the power of love, a compelling saga based on historical research about the ancient biblical world of Abraham, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the woman who "became a pillar of salt."




T.K. Thorne’s childhood passion for storytelling deepened when she became a police officer in Birmingham, Alabama. “It was a crash course in life and what motivated and mattered to people.” When she retired as a captain, she took on Birmingham’s business improvement district as the executive director. Both careers and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama provide fodder for her writing, which has garnered several awards, including “Book of the Year for Historical Fiction” (ForeWord Reviews) for her debut novel Noah’s Wife. The New York Post’s “Books You Should Be Reading” list featured her first non-fiction book, Last Chance for Justice, which details the investigation of the 1963 Sixteenth Street church bombing case. Rave reviews have followed her newest historical novel about the unnamed wife of Lot, Angels at the Gate, a finalist in the Independent Book Publisher’s Association Benjamin Franklin Awards. She loves traveling, especially to research her novels, and speaking about her books and life lessons. She writes at her mountaintop home near Birmingham, often with two dogs and a cat vying for her lap. www.tkthorne.com

Her father encouraged self-reliance in Thorne “and to question everything,” a theme she pursued in her award-winning novel, Angels at the Gate.



Marisa J. Lankester (born 1963) is an American memoirist whose 2014 book, Dangerous Odds, told the story of her life, from growing up privileged in the suburbs of New York, to working in the heart of largest illegal sports betting operation in US history during which time she was jailed and abused and also worked as a model and actress, to living a comfortable life in Switzerland. The book won three awards. In January 2015 there were discussions about making a movie based on the book starring Margot Robbie as Lankester. In June 1987, Lankester was arrested on charges of bookmaking, along with six other employees, after Los Angeles sheriffs, aided by information by two FBI informants, raided the office where she worked as a clerk for Ron (the Cigar) Sacco, operator of a sophisticated horse racing and sports betting operation that processed “at least $40 million” in bets in 1986 and considered the biggest bookmaker in American history.

Retiring permanently from bookmaking in 1994, she moved back to New York in 1996 to attend college in Manhattan. She re-married and moved to Switzerland where she had her second daughter (later divorced). She currently resides in Zürich, Switzerland with her family. Lankester has been interviewed for input into the debate surrounding US gambling laws (refer “Works” below). She published her memoirs, Dangerous Odds, with the book rights optioned in 2015 by Warner Bros to become a major motion picture starring Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wallstreet) and screenplay by Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton).

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