The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes: The Third Diaryby Raymond Benson
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.
“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
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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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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