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Endings & Beginnings: The Black Stiletto    by Raymond Benson Amazon.com order for
Endings & Beginnings
by Raymond Benson
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Oceanview, 2014 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Remember the Black Stiletto? Back in 1962, Judy Cooper, alias the Black Stiletto, was a costumed crime fighter who worked quietly behind the scenes to bring criminals to justice. But her days fitting into the skin-tight clothes of the Black Stiletto came to an end when she became pregnant! The father was Leo Kelly, a man with a questionable reputation, who was violently against becoming a father.

Judy had embraced the habit of writing in a journal every day. Time passed and she spent some of it recording her life. Now her son Martin is reading these emotionally charged pages while his daughter Gina waits for him to finish the last the fifth journal. She has been told that her grandfather had died before her father had been born, but she suspects that he might be alive. Her search for him might be the end of the Stiletto's legacy.

We now have a new Black Stiletto Gina and a very worried father who fears that Gina might get herself into dangerous situations with very dangerous people. Her very life and that of her unborn child might be at stake here.

Endings & Beginnings gets off to a gentle start but then shifts gears and roars across the pages with enough action to satisfy any fan of the Black Stiletto series. This is the fifth rendering of the Black Stiletto's history from mother to son to granddaughter.

Benson, author of this exciting series, is also known for his role as the official James Bond, 007, continuation author between 1996 and 2002. He is an Edgar nominee and the recipient of many awards. A very busy, accomplished writer.

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