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One Small Victory Paperback – February 8, 2011

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"One Small Victory is well written, emotionally intense, and hopefully will find a wide audience.  While the subject matter for the book might seem a real downer for some, the way you handled it moved it to a different level from a lot of the books that come our way.." Jayne for Dear Author Book Reviews

"The writing is eloquent, and the story is well plotted, and I would recommend this book to anybody who is interested in crime novels and human drama." BCF Book Reviews

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This book was inspired by a true story that I read in a newspaper article. It was a very brief article about a woman who risked a lot to infiltrate a drug ring and bring down a major distributor. She was "just a mom" with several children and no background in law-enforcement; and she did this following the death of her oldest son. Wow! What a courageous woman. After I read the news article, the character of Jenny came to me almost fully-developed, and she drove the story from beginning to end.

I did a tremendous amount of research to find out how a civilian would work with a drug task force in a rural area of Texas, and I am grateful to all the professionals who shared their expertise with me.

The book was originally published in hardback.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Books We Love Publishing Partners (BWLPP) (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926965485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926965482
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,719,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jennifer Lawrence on September 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Young Michael Jasik is killed in a car accident at the hands of his drug abusing friend, Brad Brennan. His mother, Jenny, a single mom, is destroyed by the news. When she learns that her son's death was influenced by Brad's drug addiction, she has to take action. She storms into the local police station and demands to be put on the undercover drug enforcement task force that she heard about on the news. Police Lieutenant Steve Morrity is leading the task force. While civilians aren't typically involved in this type of police work, Morrity knows Jenny will take action on her own if she isn't selected. So, after a grueling physical test, Jenny passes and becomes an undercover informant. She is forced to hide this from her two surviving children, Scott and Alicia. They notice a change in her behavior and contact their father, who has never really been a part of their lives. Jenny risks her life, and the custody of her children for this mission. I commend Jenny's character for her strength, and the fearless acts she performed in an effort to bring down a big time drug pusher. ONE SMALL VICTORY is an amazing, heart pounding, emotional tale about one mother's love of her children, and the steps she takes to protect them from harm.
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I usually stick to pure romance novels or romantic suspense. This book didn't fall into either category but it was a free read so I gave it a try. This story grabbed me from the beginning. A mom looses her teenage son in a car crash where he was a passenger and the driver a friend who was using drugs. While the mom is taking care of the other children she discovers how big the drug problem has become in the area and schools so she takes a step to help police find the sources of the drugs. The whole story just seemed very real. Her other children's reaction to her being out more, her ex husband (who was an absentee father), her friends , etc., all seemed to factor in to the decisions she made. That is something a very real mom would do. It all just came together nicely. Since I love romance I would have liked to see a bit more there, but it just wasn't necessary for this story.
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Format: Hardcover
In Texas teenager Brad Brennan was driving too fast high on drugs when he crashed; he killed his passenger Mike Jasik and he was nearly dead in the hospital. Mike's single mom flower shop owner Jenny is stunned to learn Brad was deriving high on dope though Mike was clean but dead.

When her fifteen years old other son Scot informs her that drugs are easy to obtain, she decides to take action. She informs Police Lieutenant Steve Morrity she needs to join the undercover drug task force. His superior Chief Gonzales agrees if she passes the physical test. Steve commiserates with the grieving mom and lies to his superior that she did pass the test. The rules are simple: no one is to know what she is doing including her two surviving children, her best friend or her canine. Her son and her daughter Alicia notice her acting strange and they inform their dad, who threatens a custody suit although he never showed an interest in their kids. Still she needs to bring down the Main Man if she is to sleep at night even though that places her in danger.

ONE SMALL VICTORY is an engrossing suspense thriller with a hint of romance that is intelligently kept very minimal and mostly off page futuristically possible. Obsessed Jenny makes the story line work as she must do what she does in order to stop drug trafficking at least in her small town. Fans will appreciate her courage and fixation while also wanting to scream at her that she has two other kids. Maryann Miller showcases how difficult it is to win the over three decade war on drugs on a macro scale, but individuals can help secure small local victories; albeit not necessarily by going undercover.

Harriet Klausner
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Format: Paperback
One thing that I am constantly annoyed with when I read books is the utter lack of reality. People curse. A lot. People are selfish and the world is not broken down in clear shades of black and white. Too many novels play against these aspects of reality by censoring the language or having an ending that are so contrived that there was no point in introducing a conflict at all. This is not one of those books.

Rather than boring you with a summary of the novel, I am going to focus only on my opinions of the work.

In "One Small Victory", author Maryann Miller introduces us to a riveting world of gritty reality. The focus is not placed, as would be the trapping of an amateur writer, on the grief of the mother but instead on her work with the drug task force and how it helps her to continue her life. The elements of romance were sprinkled expertly throughout the novel, without overindulging. The pacing continually keeps the reader engaged, again without employing amateur tropes of intense violence or shocking twists that seem to coincidentally occur at just the right time to keep the reader interested. In this, Miller departs from the box-like qualities of the suspense genre, instead creating her own sub-genre much in the same way Russian playwright Chekhov does in "Cherry Orchard." There are elements of the old, easily repeatable suspense genre that can be seen in the writing, but this novel transcends these flat elements. The writing is allowed to speak for itself, the conflict derives from the reality of the situation and not from a convention that the author chose to impose on the story she was trying to tell.
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