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The "Stiletto" is back and is as exciting as ever!
on May 7, 2012
After reading "The Black Stiletto" I fervently wished that author Raymond Benson would write another book about Judy Cooper, a.k.a "The Black Stiletto". And he has and it doesn't disappoint. "Black and White" picks up where the first book left off - at the New Year, 1959. Our heroine continues to chronicle her life as a female crime fighter in Manhattan through her diaries left to her son Martin, who did not know about his mother's (in)famous identity. The Stiletto expands her crime-fighting to include battles with Harlem drug dealers and dirty cops. It is interesting to note that this character is a fan of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy. King is predominate in the way Judy views the world around her. She questions society and it's treatment of Blacks and Asians during the late 1950s. Judy herself is a study in the feminist movement that would not occur until years later. The book becomes a lens into the mindset of society and the stereotypical roles of men and women of that generation. Meanwhile, the Black Stiletto faces losses and victories, both shocking and unexpected. A new character is added to the story who gives a more detailed glimpse and added depth to her son, Martin, who is really the story teller in these books. Martin's daughter Gina is also a important character as the story of Judy Cooper continues to unfold.
Super heroes have never been more fun to read about and I can only hope that Raymond Benson's Black Stiletto will be visiting again to let us hear more of her sometimes sad, sometimes heartbreaking but always thrilling, life. Highly recommend that you read "The Black Stiletto - Black & White". You will not be disappointed.