cover image The Black Stiletto: Endings & Beginnings: The Fifth Diary—1962

The Black Stiletto: Endings & Beginnings: The Fifth Diary—1962

Raymond Benson. Oceanview (Midpoint, dist.), $26.95 (320p) ISBN 978-1-60809-103-4

Old grudges and fresh starts set the tone in Benson’s engaging fifth and final Black Stiletto novel (after The Black Stiletto: Secrets & Lies) as Judy Cooper’s son, Martin Talbot, reads her last diary from her hidden life as a masked crime fighter. His daughter, Gina, means to know more about her superhero grandmother before Alzheimer’s and old age win out, but the two have opened doors into the past that lead to deadly consequences. The Black Stiletto spent years in the world of private eyes and mobsters; the latter are not going to let her die in peace while there are still scores to settle. Gangster Leo Kelly already betrayed her, but his sister, Christina Kelly, proves to be truly vicious in the relentless hunt for revenge and for a diamond stolen years ago. Multiple points of view help enliven this daring woman’s tale, leaving readers wishing for more. [em]Agent: Peter Miller, Global Lion. (Nov.) [/em]