Raymond Benson

Do you like old movies?

Do you like old movies? Raymond reviews many Blu-ray releases from The Criterion Collection and other labels over at Cinema Retro, but you can get a handy list of all the titles and links (which have been updated and corrected) here on Raymond’s Blog.

Lovey Award Winner

THE BLACK STILETTO: SECRETS & LIES won the Lovey Award for Best Suspense Novel of 2014 at the Love is Murder Writers Conference!

THE BLACK STILETTO named Best Book Serial of 2014

THE BLACK STILETTO: ENDINGS & BEGINNINGS won the award for “Best Book Serial of 2014” from Authors On The Air Global Radio Network!


The Black Stiletto: Endings and BeginningsTHE BLACK STILETTO: ENDINGS & BEGINNINGS! The FIFTH and FINAL installment of The Black Stiletto saga.

Everything will be revealed. All questions will be answered. It’s 1962. Judy Cooper’s nemesis and his psychotic sister have set out to ruin the very pregnant Stiletto, forcing her to flee to Texas for a showdown with destiny. In the present, the Alzheimer’s that afflicts elderly Judy is in its last stage, but her son and granddaughter must continue to protect her from the past’s last remaining threat.

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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The Hunt Through Napoleon's Web by Raymond BensonHUNT THROUGH NAPOLEON’S WEB will be re-issued on August 26, 2014 by Titan Books! Originally published in 2010 (but the publisher went out of business), this rollicking tale told in the tradition of the classic pulp adventures features the Indiana Jones-like character of “Gabriel Hunt.” There are six Gabriel Hunt adventures, each one penned by a different author. Raymond wrote the sixth and final one, but you don’t need to read them in any specific order. It’s available as an e-book and mass market paperback. You can order the book from Amazon: Paperback | Kindle ebook


EUROPA UNIVERSALIS IV: WHAT IF?—THE ANTHOLOGY OF ALTERNATE HISTORY is a collection of alternate history tales (a tie-in to the Europa Universalis IV videogame, but the anthology is really separate from the game so you don’t have to be a gamer to enjoy it). Each story tackles an event in history and, well, twists it. Raymond’s story, “To Be or Not To Be,” deals with Shakespeare. Other authors include Harry Turtledove, Janice Gable Bashman, Aaron Rosenberg, Lee Battersby Luke Bean, Felix Cook, James Erwin, Anders Fager, Aidan Darnell Hailes, David Parish-Whitaker, and Rod Rees. Available as e-book on Kindle and other outlets, and print editions coming soon.

Europa Universalis


Ice Cold anthologyThe new Mystery Writers of America short story anthology, ICE COLD: TALES OF INTRIGUE FROM THE COLD WAR, edited by Jeffery Deaver and Raymond Benson, was published by Grand Central on April 1. Jeff and Raymond launched the book at the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City on April 29, followed by a presentation on May 3 at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. The book contains twenty short stories by twenty authors—Jeff and Raymond each contributed a tale—and authors include Sara Paretsky, Laura Lippman, T. Jefferson Parker, John Lescroart, Joseph Finder, Gayle Lynds and John Sheldon, J. A. Jance, Katherine Neville, and ten other terrific writers.

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THE BLACK STILETTO comes to Italy!

THE BLACK STILETTO comes to Italy! Cento Autori will publish the first book in Italian on March 21, 2014.

Black Stiletto - Italian

A HARD DAY’S DEATH, now an Audiobook

THE BLACK STILETTO: STARS & STRIPES won the “Lovey” Award* for Best Suspense Novel of 2013!
*Love is Murder Conference Readers Choice Award

Raymond’s 2008 “rock ‘n’ roll thriller,” A HARD DAY’S DEATH, is now an Audiobook from Audible.com and Crossroad Press! Get it from Audible!


The Black Stiletto: Secrets and LiesTODAY is publication day of THE BLACK STILETTO: SECRETS & LIES, from Oceanview Publishing. This is the fourth novel in the five-book saga (number five will be published in November 2014). Booklist has praised it, saying, “This fourth entry in the Black Stiletto series is darker than earlier ones, given the escalating violence in both past and present story lines. But it’s no less entertaining, as fast-paced action leads to a cliff-hanger; closure is likely in the next entry, and there’s potential for a spin-off. Addictive escapism.”

The book is available in hardcover and e-book, with audiobook coming soon. And if you haven’t already, check out The Official Black Stiletto Website for all kinds of information about what author Sandra Brown called “one of the most original heroines I’ve read in a long time.”

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