The Black Stiletto by Raymond Benson
Stars & Stripes

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In the end, I’m persuaded this falls on the right side of the moral line and leaves me praising the general sense of fun in watching her balance out the foolishness with occasional bursts of bravery. The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes is a very good value thriller.
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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.
 

About Raymond Benson

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Raymond Benson is the highly acclaimed author of six original James Bond 007 novels, three film novelizations, three short stories, and two anthologies on Bond. Writing as David Michaels, Benson is a New York Times best-selling author, an Edger Alan Poe Award nominee, and a Readers' Choice Award winner for Best Thriller.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Oceanview Publishing. 300 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Fiction
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Reviewed by Wesley Britton on Apr 01 2013

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...

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Reviewed by David Marshall on Jul 09 2013

In the end, I’m persuaded this falls on the right side of the moral line and leaves me praising the general sense of fun in watching her balance out the foolishness with occasional bursts of bravery. The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes is a very good value thriller.

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