Gun-Toting Grandmas Take on Criminals in "The Bag Lady War"

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When Senator Bart Farley goes on TV to say Social Security Funds should be used to build prisons, senior citizens Josie and Mabel decide to fight crime on their own by knocking off criminals. When they get caught, they expect to be put in prison to take advantage of the security, free food and medical care reserved for prisoners.

Lovable grannies decide to take the law into their own hands to protect their lives and pocketbooks in Carol Leonard SeCoy's riveting and hilarious, yet socially conscious new story, "The Bag Lady War: A Novel: (ISBN 9780595470358, iUniverse, 2007)

It all starts when eighty-two year old Josie is roughed up and robbed by gang members near her home. Worse, Josie and her friend, Mabel, have already been widowed by street criminals. Tired of hiding behind locked doors and windows and being attacked when they venture outside, the two women ponder what they can do to help their situation. Then they hear Senator Bart Farley proclaiming his war on crime requires the use of Social Security funds to build more prisons. Without Social Security, Mabel and Josie fear they'll end up wards of the state, shunted off to a depressing nursing home where everyone is old and ill and just "waiting for the last bell to ring." The time has come for them to take the law into their own hands.

Josie and Mabel concoct an outrageous scheme to make sure justice prevails. When they get caught, they hope to go to prison and enjoy free and secure housing, food, and medical care. Until then, they will help rid their city of criminals. Inspired by President Kennedy's famous words, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country," they learn to use a gun so they can wage their own war on crime. As responsible citizens who do not want to burden the government, they plan to remove enough criminals - and their cost and nuisance - to offset the expense of their own incarceration. After dispatching criminals, they humanely leave a grocery bag over each victim's head to protect the dignity of the fallen foe.

"The Bag Lady War" will touch many a raw nerve. The character's logic may be twisted, but readers will appreciate the irony of women who have to become criminals to retain the security rightfully theirs. SeCoy's novel treats not only the plight of the elderly but many other social issues, including lack of parental involvement that leads to juvenile delinquency, the question of euthanasia, and the current war on drugs. Readers will admire these comical yet endearing heroines for their gumption and clear sense of right and wrong.

"The Bag Lady War" offers satirical commentary on society, but its irony is not as strange as it may at first seem. Senior citizens have really committed crimes such as robbing banks to pay for their prescriptions, as well as to receive medical care in prison. While readers will cheer these gun-toting grandmas and laugh at the novel's irony, they will also stop to think about the current situation of the elderly and many of the other problems facing America today. "The Bag Lady War" is a surefire hit with readers young and old.

About the Author
Carol SeCoy grew up in Oregon, enjoying the comfort and clamor of a family with nine children. She met her husband, Jack, on a blind date at the University of Oregon. The couple lived in Southern California for many years, where Jack brokered lumber and Carol was very active in the community while raising their five daughters. When the last daughter went off to college, Carol became the SAT Coordinator for the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center in Orange County. Carol and Jack have been married for fifty-seven years and have eight grandchildren, of who they are very proud.

"The Bag Lady War: A Novel" (ISBN 9780595470358, iUniverse, 2007) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.


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