Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Black Stiletto: Endings & Beginnings-Raymond Benson

The Black Stiletto: Endings & Beginnings
Raymond Benson
Oceanview, Nov 4 2014, $26.95
ISBN 9781608091034

Martin Talbot tells his daughter Gina about the daring five years of escapades of her maternal grandmother Judy Cooper starting in 1958.  Like him, Gina is excited over her grandma leaving Texas for NYC where she became the Black Stiletto masked vigilante.  After reading the first three diaries, Gina starts the fourth (see The Black Stiletto: Secrets & Lies) in which Judy left for Los Angeles with the love of her life Leo Kelly.  Martin begins the fifth and what appears to be the last diary.  The pair will do what it takes to keep their one time superhero relative safe from those with a five decade plus grudge.

In 1962 pregnant Judy cannot believe her former lover Leo the mobster and his psycho sister Christina framed the Black Stiletto for crimes they committed.  Limited physically as she carries her baby, Judy shrewdly tries to fight back using brains not brawn; but is forced to leave Southern California for Texas to make her last stand.

The Fifth Black Stiletto Diary is a great ending to a tremendous series as all the major threads are deftly and logically completed.  Once again, Raymond Benson makes it seem as if Judy wrote her latest diary over fifty years ago.  Rotating subplots (and points of view), the gripping storyline provides readers with wonderful Endings & Beginnings.

Harriet Klausner

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