Raymond Benson

The Black Stiletto

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The Black Stiletto was a legend in her own time, an underground heroine who made a name for herself during the late Eisenhower years and early Kennedy years as a New York City vigilante. Although she was wanted by the law and would have been arrested had she been caught or had her secret identity been revealed, the Black Stiletto was a competent and successful crime-fighter. A feminist before the term was in everyday vernacular, she battled common crooks, Communist spies, the mafia, and worse—and was responsible for their capture and, in some cases, their deaths. But the Stiletto disappeared midway through the sixties and was never heard from again. Most people thought she had died, and no one ever knew her identity. Like pinup queen Bettie Page, her mythical image resurfaced in comics and other media during the 1980s and 90s. Millions of dollars were made by others exploiting her likeness and persona. Today, the questions remain. Who was she? Is she still alive? If so, where is she now?

The answers can be found in THE BLACK STILETTO, THE BLACK STILETTO: BLACK & WHITE, THE BLACK STILETTO: STARS & STRIPES, THE BLACK STILETTO: SECRETS & LIES, and the finale, THE BLACK STILETTO: ENDINGS & BEGINNINGS, all by internationally-known New York Times best-selling author Raymond Benson. The July 2011 issue of Library Journal calls THE BLACK STILETTO “a mashup of the work of Gloria Steinem, Ian Fleming, and Mario Puzo, all under the editorship of Stan Lee.”

The Black Stiletto by Raymond BensonThe Black Stiletto

The Black Stiletto was a legend in her own time, an underground heroine who made a name for herself during the late Eisenhower years and early Kennedy years as a New York City vigilante. Although she was wanted by the law and would have been arrested had she been caught or had her secret identity been revealed, the Black Stiletto was a competent and successful crime-fighter. A feminist before the term was in everyday vernacular, she battled common crooks, Communist spies, the mafia, and worse–and was responsible for their capture and, in some cases, their deaths. But the Stiletto disappeared midway through the sixties and was never heard from again. Most people thought she had died, and no one ever knew her identity. Like pinup queen Bettie Page, her mythical image resurfaced in comics and other media during the 1980s and 90s. Millions of dollars were made by others exploiting her likeness and persona. Today, the questions remain. Who was she? Is she still alive? If so, where is she now?

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The Black Stiletto: Black and WhiteThe Black Stiletto: Black & White

The Black Stiletto is Back! The second book of the thrilling new series. It’s 1959 and Judy Cooper, the Black Stiletto, sets out to confront the heroin kingpin of Harlem when the teenage daughter of her beloved martial arts instructor becomes a prisoner in an uptown narcotics den… and she has fallen in love again, this time with an FBI agent who has standing orders to arrest her.

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The Black Stiletto: Stars and StripesThe Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes

The Black Stiletto returns in the third book of the thrilling new series. It’s 1960 and the Black Stiletto, in her civilian persona as Judy Cooper, volunteers to work for JFK’s presidential campaign, only to become involved in a devious behind-the-scenes plot that could change the course of history. 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 a new woman in his life. And then there’s Gina, the Stiletto’s granddaughter, who is exhibiting behavior that suggests she is closer in spirit to her grandmother than Martin would like.

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The Black Stiletto: Secrets and LiesThe Black Stiletto: Secrets & Lies

The Black Stiletto is back in the fourth book of the thrilling five-book saga. It’s 1961, and Judy, the Stiletto, meets Leo, a charismatic man who convinces her to move to Los Angeles when she is “run out” of New York by increasingly hazardous police heat. But Leo, who has connections with the West Coast mobs, has plenty of skeletons in his closet. His mysterious sister, Christina, who once served time for armed robbery, could also be a threat to the Stiletto’s new life in California. Meanwhile, in the present, Alzheimer’s-stricken Judy takes a turn for the worse as Martin comes to grips with the imminent end of his mother’s life. And when elements from the Stiletto’s past once again appear to threaten Martin’s family, it is up to his daughter, Gina, to step up and take matters into her own hands.

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The Black Stiletto: Endings and BeginningsThe Black Stiletto: Endings & Beginnings

All secrets will be revealed! All questions will be answered! The thrilling finale of the Black Stiletto saga is here! It’s 1962 and Judy Cooper, the Black Stiletto, is devastated at the betrayal by her nemesis and former lover, Leo Kelly. Additionally, Leo and his psychotically dangerous sister, Christina, have set out to ruin the Stiletto’s reputation in LA with a series of crimes that are made to appear as if the crime fighter is responsible. The very pregnant Judy must fight back with her wits and cunning—until disaster strikes and she is forced to flee to Texas for the final showdown with destiny. Meanwhile, in the present, the Alzheimer’s that afflicts elderly Judy is in its last stage, but her son and granddaughter, Martin and Gina, must continue to protect her from the past’s last remaining assault, culminating in a cathartic and explosive conclusion.

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The Black Stiletto by Raymond BensonThe Black Stiletto: The Complete Saga

Get all five novels in The Black Stiletto serial in one bundle! Lee Child says, “If The Black Stiletto series is under your radar, there’s something wrong with your radar. This is a five-book sequence of the highest quality, full of thrills and suspense, and fun and humanity, too.”

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