Southland Heights is Anytown America, but not really. At least not when Margie decides to go into action. Margie Filmore thinks of her grandchildren—Roger, 15, and Cindy, 12—as she reads the local newspaper headline, “Three Teenagers Found Dead In Metropolitan Area.” The thought strikes her that she is not going to sacrifice her grandchildren to drug dealers. This town must be taken back. Sometimes you just hurt too much, and you have to do something about it.
Normally, Margie would call lifelong friends, Claudia, Carolyn, Juanita, and Natalie, grandmothers themselves, for an evening of bridge and chat at a time like this — not this evening. As the grannies arrive at Margie’s house this evening, they face a drug problem that is stealing and killing the very heart of their community. It’s time to take the community back, foster a plan, and go pro-active.
The Grannies’ war is upon every drug dealer already in the community or who attempts to enter it, and the effectiveness of their fight comes in at least two dimensions. First, they may look like little old teacup-sipping grannies, but that deceptive appearance drops the guard of low-life drug dealers. These women have lived full lives and are anything but non-aggressive pacifists. Second, they devise a system of detection and attack, and they have prepared themselves to take on the drug world.
One comes to realize that the author, Troy Buck, is talented in writing dialog that not only brings character development but credibility to an unusual story. I would say 95 percent of the book is dialog, which not only makes the writing its own art form but suggests a screen play for the future.
This is a must-read for anyone concerned about illegal drug distribution in our communities. Beyond that, it is a suspenseful thriller that keeps the reader turning pages. It would be a mistake for the reader to underestimate these vigilantes. That’s the mistake the dealers make.
Troy is uniquely qualified to write this book. As he states upfront, “I didn’t write this book in an office — I wrote it by hand inside a 9′ by 5′ cell block between ugly walls and steel bars.” This Andrews, Texas, cowboy knows a bit about the failed drug war, but he also knows rodeo, horse training, and West Texas common sense. He didn’t start writing until 2006, and he’s now written ten books ranging from suspense thrillers to westerns.
The Vigilante Grannies is Troy Buck’s first published novel, which has been published by the new and vibrant publishing company, Tiger Tale. It can be purchased on Amazon, from the publisher, and at other fine retailers.