Monday, April 1, 2013

The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes by Raymond Benson


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

Description below taken off of Netgalley

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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