The Black Stiletto: Black & White: A Novelby Raymond Benson
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It's 1959, and Judy Cooper, the Black Stiletto, sets out to confront a dangerous gangster known as the heroin king of Harlem when the teenage daughter of her beloved martial arts instructor ends up a prisoner in an uptown narcotics den. The Stiletto has troubles of her own- a shady filmmaker is threatening to reveal her identity to the world- a close friend of her landlord and substitute father may be in cahoots with the Harlem criminals- she's fighting for racial equality- and she has fallen in love again- this time with an FBI agent who has standing orders to arrest her. Meanwhile the Stiletto's son faces his own blackmail crisis when he finds out that there is a second copy of an 8mm film he found in his mother's strongbox - showing the Black Stiletto unmasked in a film studio dressing room. As he tries to stop the filmmaker's son's extortion plot, he learns that his daughter, Gina, has been brutally assaulted in New York City. The past and the present meet.
Benson's The Black Stiletto (2011) introduced masked crime fighter Judy Cooper, who fought crime, inflamed public imagination, and, like many vigilante heroes, got mixed reviews from law enforcement as she roamed 1958 New York City. In this cartoonish sequel set the next year, Judy takes on an established mob (Italian) and an emerging mob (Negro) with her fists, feet, and trademark stiletto while flirting with FBI agent John Richardson. In the present, Martin Talbot, Judy Cooper Talbot's son, discovers his aged mother's long-buried secrets as revealed in her diaries and an old 8-mm film. Tacking back and forth between the diaries and Talbot's dilemma when someone else produces the same film, Benson crafts dual dramas. Stiletto's girlish diary touches on cultural milestones while she strikes literal blows for the downtrodden. This lightweight entertainment will most likely to appeal to fans of comic book heroines. Agent: Peter Miller, Global Lion. -- (May)-- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Meet the Author
Raymond Benson is the bestselling author of 28 published titles, including the first three novels in the Black Stiletto series: The Black Stiletto, The Black Stiletto: Black & White, and The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes. He is most well-known for being the official James Bond 007 continuation author between 1996 and 2002. In total he penned and published worldwide six original 007 novels, three film novelizations, and three short stories. An anthology of his 007 work, The Union Trilogy, and
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The Black Stiletto: Black & White by Raymond Benson 5 STARS Black & White is the second novel of the the Black Stiletto. I really enjoyed it. I keep rooting for Judy Cooper and want things to go her way. Martin is reading the second diary of his mother as she explains what is going on in her life as the Black Stiletto. Martin had no idea that his mom was the Black Stiletto till she was in a care center with altimers. The story jumps from what is happening in Judy's life back in 1959 in New York City. Then comes to what is happening to Judy and her family now through the eyes of her son Martin. They are both exciting and keep you interested and not wanting to put the book down. Judy turns out she is starting to fall for FBI Agent John in her disguise as the Black Stiletto. John is told to gain her trust so they can bring her in. The FBI and Police want her brought in. Judy gets involved trying to figure out what is troubling her teacher in martial arts. She learns more about being black in 1950's is really like. She also is being black mailed, finds a child porn dealer, raids a brothel, stops drug deals. Martin finds old film of his mother than around same time its shown on the news. The man who finds the film is trying to blackmail him too. Thier is plenty of action,drama,strong characters, deciet,some romance. A touch of what life was like back in the 50's what movies,songs that people liked. Really made you be in the 1950s. I know taking the law into your own hands is wrong but I was rooting for the Black Stiletto. I decided what I said next would be letting too much of the cat out of the bag. Soon I will be starting to read the third novel of the Black Stiletto that is coming out soon. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. Publisher: Oceanview Publishing (May 30, 2012) 328 pages ISBN-10: 1608090418
Judy Cooper is one tough young woman. Disguised as the "Black Stiletto," Judy travels through the boroughs of New York, taking on crime bosses, fighting for women sold into prostitution, and yes, still finding time for romance with an FBI agent. The second novel by author Raymond Benson to feature the Black Stiletto, the story switches between two time periods; 1959 where we follow Judy's crime fighting capers, and "the present," where Judy's son, Martin, is taking care of his now elderly mother, a victim of Alzheimer’s. For those who have not read the first in this series, Judy has been taught to fight by Freddie Barnes, the owner of a local gym. Soichiro Tachikawa, a martial arts teacher, has also instructed Judy in karate and judo. When Judy discovers that Soichiro is being forced to pay $5,000 a month to Carl Purdy, a Harlem drug lord who also has his hands in prostitution and extortion, she promises to help. Judy needs to get money, and get it fast to help Soichiro. Earlier, Hollywood had come calling, looking to feature the Black Stiletto in some films. While at first reluctant, Judy now decides to take the offer to help her instructor. But the studio needs proof that she is in fact the crime fighter, and that's where Jerry Munroe, a man who says he can make a short film of her in action, comes into the story. But there are serious repercussions to trusting Jerry, a man with a shady background. Alas, the above issues are not the only things Judy has to contend with in this story. Adding to the tension, Soichiro's daughter Isuzu winds up in one of Purdy's whorehouses and Judy wants to save her. Also, like many self-proclaimed crime fighters, the Black Stiletto is never given the credit due her for fighting crime. In fact, the newspapers paint her as part of the problem and FBI agent John Richardson has been charged with discovering the Black Stiletto's true identity and bringing the woman to justice. But John is charming, handsome and...can Judy trust him? She's not sure but it looks like she is falling in love. Meanwhile, in present-day Chicago, Judy's son Martin has discovered a copy of the 8mm film that Judy made with Munroe, the shady camera buff. Most of the short film features Judy with her mask on but there is a short clip at the end that shows Judy sans mask. Martin is determined to hide his mother's true identity from the public but when Monroe's son produces a second copy, things get messy. The story is told in the first person, through the eyes of three narrators: Judy, via her diary entries, John Richardson, who makes numerous home dictaphone recordings, and Martin, who is simply telling his story to the reader. While this jumping around between narrators, and time periods, is at first a bit disorienting, it soon starts to comfortably flow together, particularly as the two timelines begin to merge. While Judy's crime fighting capabilities at times stretch believability as she races across rooftops and takes on the big guys and comes out with only minor scrapes and bruises, the story is a lot of fun. Readers who want to see a smart, sassy woman crime fighter will enjoy this second book in the Black Stiletto series. Quill says: If you're willing to suspend a bit of believability, then you'll surely enjoy this novel about one tough young woman who takes on all the bad guys she encounters, while still finding time for a little romance.