Mannie, the Major, and the Teef


As World War II breaks out in Europe, a brokenhearted boy arrives in Charleston, his family splintered by a tobacco barn fire that killed his mother and cost the family farm. In the years that follow, Tee McLauren will be transformed from a rule-breaking “teef” — which is almost indistinguishable from being a “thief” — into a fine young man, thanks to a remarkable group of unlikely friends. From the deceptively sleepy streets of prewar Charleston to the brutal jungles of the Pacific theater of war, Jack McIntosh draws a compelling portrait of this young man’s coming of age and the enduring value of friendship.

About the author

Jack McIntosh grew up on Chapel Street on the Cooper River side of Charleston, South Carolina and attended public school. He finished high school in 1945 and served three years in the US Marine Corps and used the G.I. Bill to attend Furman University, graduating in 1952. While at Furman he helped establish the ROTC program and served as the first Cadet Colonel. He was called again to active duty in the Army and served as a tank platoon leader in Korea. When the conflict ended, he attended law school at the University of South Carolina and graduated in 1956. He retired after fifty years of practice in Anderson, South Carolina and enjoys his new career as a writer.

Mannie, The Major, and the Teef is his first novel following two humorous books, Dont Kill All the Lawyers…I’ll give you a short list, and Ain’t Mad at Nobody. He published a biography of his friend and classmate at Furman, Frank Selvey, titled The Coal Miner’s Son.


“As I experienced each of the character’s stories, I felt the emotional bond between three friends, all from different societal upbringings, set against the looming effects of World War II and the way it changes us as well as our surroundings. I could not recommend this book more.”

— Brandon Coffey, Lowcountry photographer and author of Carolina Places

“The author and I were classmates at Furman University, and later, when I was governor of South Carolina, he was chairman of the State Board of Education. I like his new novel and recommend it highly. It illustrates how valuable friendships can be formed between people of widely different backgrounds when they find a common interest.”

— Richard W. Riley, former governor of South Carolina and US Secretary of Education

“To read Jack McIntosh’s novel is to be transported back in time to pre-war Charleston, with all its sights, sounds, smells and tastes. Jack vividly captures this particular time and place, as he does the friendship of two elderly men and one young boy that crosses barriers of age, class, and race. I loved this book!”

— Kathryn Smith, author of Gertie: The Fabulous Life of Gertrude Sanford Legendre and The Gatekeeper