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The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes: The Third Diary
     

The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes: The Third Diary

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by Raymond Benson
 

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It's 1960.  The Black Stiletto, in her civilian persona as Judy Cooper, volunteers to work for John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign, only to become involved in a devious behind-the-scenes plot that could change the course of history.  Is the mysterious Eastern European man she briefly dated, associated with a Cuban/Soviet spy ring?  Closer to home,

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It's 1960.  The Black Stiletto, in her civilian persona as Judy Cooper, volunteers to work for John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign, only to become involved in a devious behind-the-scenes plot that could change the course of history.  Is the mysterious Eastern European man she briefly dated, associated with a Cuban/Soviet spy ring?  Closer to home, the Stiletto must challenge dangerous Tongs in Chinatown after befriending a teenage boy whose father was killed by the gangs.  She soon discovers what a different-and very deadly-world exists in lower Manhattan.  In the present, Martin, the Stiletto's son, must deal with his mother's worsening Alzheimer's symptoms, his own mental health issues, and the dilemma of whether or not to reveal his family's secrets to the new woman in his life.  Meanwhile, his daughter, Gina, continues to bring trouble to herself, exhibiting behavior that suggests she is closer in spirit to her grandmother than Martin would like.  Every major character, past and present, experiences a turning point in this third chapter of the Black Stiletto series.

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Library Journal
Middle-aged Martin knows his mother, who has Alzheimer's, was once the Black Stiletto, a vigilante heroine who fought crime in New York, but he's determined not to betray her secrets. But through Judy Cooper's diary entries readers learn of her adventures in 1960. Judy's martial arts skills prove crucial as she helps protect presidential candidate John F. Kennedy; in her spare time she also tackles the local gang wars in New York's Chinatown and takes a stab at civil rights work. In the present day Martin suspects his college-age daughter is exhibiting talents similar to her grandmother's. The sandwich-generation Martin must act. VERDICT This action-packed thriller, told through diary entries, conveys the spirit of 1960, as an exciting presidential hopeful captures the nation's hearts. While the third entry in Benson's series (after The Black Stiletto: Black & White) is occasionally off-putting (the diary format isn't for everyone), Benson's knack for toggling back and forth in time gives readers two engaging storylines to pursue. The Black Stiletto isn't Wonder Woman, but her moxie is sure to be a hit with the Comic-Con crowd.
Publishers Weekly
Excerpts from Judy Cooper’s 1960 diary provide the main narrative for Benson’s diverting, nostalgia-filled third thriller featuring the costumed vigilante known as the Black Stiletto (after 2012’s The Black Stiletto: Black and White). In the present, Judy’s grown son, Martin Talbot, tries to come to terms with the past of his mother, who’s now afflicted with Alzheimer’s. That past is revealed by her diaries. In Eisenhower-era New York City, Judy has various adventures that touch on such burning issues of the day as the communist menace and race relations. In particular, the naïve but game Judy attempts to help teen Billy Shen Lee, whose father was killed by neighborhood gangsters in Manhattan’s Chinatown. Later, she becomes a “Kennedy Girl” and meets the candidate (“I swear, if he wasn’t married, I’d be all over him”). Judy gives and takes a lot of punishment as the misunderstood Black Stiletto literally fights crime with girlish enthusiasm. Agent: Peter Miller, Global Lion. (Apr.)
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“In the third entry in this series, real-life concerns contrast with the comic book–like escapism of the Black Stiletto’s adventures of 50-plus years past, all likely to heighten anticipation for the next two series entries, promised for 2014.” - Booklist

“Anyone who enjoyed Batgirl’s adventures is going to love the Black Stiletto. A crusader for justice, she’s not always fearless, but she’s relentlessly driven to balance the scales. Benson’s series third is a compelling story that scans back and forth over the course of 40 years, showing how each character is affected by a past that none has any control over.” RT Review

“As usual, Benson is extremely good with the historic details that create verisimilitude as with Judy's observations on the music of the times and the growing political interest of Miss Judy Cooper as she becomes a "Kennedy Girl." …you'll likely want to carry on with the saga and hope at least one more novel will answer many of the questions left in place since it all began.” - Seattle Post Intelligencer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608090730
Publisher:
Oceanview Publishing
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Series:
Black Stiletto Series , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
2 MB

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Meet the Author

Raymond Benson is the author of 31 published books. He is most well-known for being the official James Bond 007 continuation author between 1996 and 2002 and for his Black Stiletto novels. Benson lives in the Chicago area.

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The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is the third Black Stiletto novel. It keeps me rivited until I finshed reading. Judy Cooper is the Black Stiletto's real name. Hardly anyone knows that she is her. Judy volunteered for Kennedy's campagn and finds Russian Spys who want to kill Senator Kennedy. She also gets involved with the chinese tongs in Chinatown. Police still want to arrest her at least most of them. The novel starts with her son Martin and tells what is happening in his life with his mom in the care center, his daughter coping with being attacked in New York. Martin's ex-wife getting remarried. The drama of his life and inbetween his updates he is reading his mom's third diary book. When reading Judy's diary it has the feeling that it is a real diary made in that time and place of the 60's. With all it's problems and good points. The novel does a good job going from Martin's day to day life to Judy's diary and back again. It's a lot of action,chases,fights and choices of good or bad. I will continue to read the Black Stiletto books as they come out. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. 04/02/2013 Publisher: Oceanview Publishing ISBN-10: 1608090728 325 pages