The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes


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About The Black Stiletto: Stars & Stripes

1960: Election Year—The Black Stiletto—a Kennedy girl

It’s 1960. The Black Stiletto, in her civilian persona as Judy Cooper, volunteers to work for John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, only to become involved in a devious behind-the-scenes plot that could change the course of history.  

Is the mysterious Eastern European man she briefly dated associated with a Cuban/Soviet spy ring?

Closer to home, the Stiletto must challenge dangerous tongs in Chinatown after befriending a teenage boy whose father was killed by the gangs. She soon discovers what a different—and very deadly—world exists in lower Manhattan. 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 the new woman in his life.  

Meanwhile, his daughter, Gina, continues to bring trouble to herself, exhibiting behavior that suggests she is closer in spirit to her grandmother than Martin would like. Every major character, past and present, experiences a turning point in this third chapter of The Black Stiletto Series.      


The Black Stiletto isn’t Wonder Woman, but her moxie is sure to be a hit with theComic-Con crowd.” —Library Journal

“Top notch espionage and action, family drama and a superhero!” —Crimespree Magazine

“Benson has created one of the most original heroines I’ve read in a long time. Adventure and suspense made this book a rollicking good read. But the story is about much more than simply the evolution and escapades of The Black Stiletto. It’s about relationships and just how well we know—or not—even the people we love most." —Sandra Brown, New York Times best-selling author