The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes: A Novel

The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes: A Novel

by 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

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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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Editorial Reviews

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.)
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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608091058
Publisher:
Oceanview Publishing
Publication date:
04/08/2014
Series:
Black Stiletto Series, #3
Pages:
325
Sales rank:
1,439,780
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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