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5 SEPTEMBER 2011
THE BLACK STILETTO - US HARDCOVER

By: FSWL team
Published:
2011-03-20
The US hardcover edition of Raymond Benson's (The 3rd James Bond continuation novelist after Ian Fleming) The Black Stiletto published by Oceanview Publishing.

The Black Stiletto was a legend in her own time, an underground heroine who made a name for herself during the late Eisenhower years and early Kennedy years as a New York City vigilante.

Although she was wanted by the law and would have been arrested had she been caught or had her secret identity been revealed, the Black Stiletto was a competent and successful crime-fighter. A feminist before the term was in everyday vernacular, she battled common crooks, Communist spies, the mafia, and worse — and was responsible for their capture and, in some cases, their deaths. But the Stiletto disappeared midway through the sixties and was never heard from again. Most people thought she had died, and no one ever knew her identity.

Like pinup queen Bettie Page, her mythical image resurfaced in comics and other media during the 1980s and 90s. Millions of dollars were made by others exploiting her likeness and persona.

Today, the questions remain. Who was she? Is she still alive? If so, where is she now?

The answers can be found in The Black Stiletto, by internationally-known New York Times best-selling author Raymond Benson.

Official synopsis::
Could Martin Talbot's elderly, Alzheimer-stricken mother, Judy, really have been the Black Stiletto? When Martin discovers several volumes of her diaries hidden by his mother, he is stunned beyond all imagination. His mother, the underground heroine of yesteryear? The famed ,still unidentified woman who battled Communist spies, took on the Mafia, and preyed on common crooks? The woman who exacted punishment on evildoers without mercy?

But it is all described, in great detail, in the diaries. What caused her to begin her quest for justice. Her decision to act outside the law. Her feats as the famed and feared vigilante. How her reputation exploded. In short, how it all played out.

Could it be true? Talbot is filled with doubt and disbelief. But the reappearance of one of the Stiletto's old enemies with a thirst for merciless revenge makes the story more than real and could imperil the life of not only the Stiletto, but her son and granddaughter as well.

Book details:
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1608090205
ISBN-13: 978-1-60809-020-4
Retail Price: 25.95 USD

“A thriller that brilliantly succeeds at that most difficult of authorial endeavors: blending the past and the present into a single compelling story. Filled with cutting-edge suspense, wry humor and heart-wrenching warmth, not to mention great period detail, The Black Stiletto will grab you instantly and simply not let go until the final page—no, make that the final sentence.”
Jeffery Deaver, author of Carte Blanche, the next James Bond novel

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Raymond Benson is the highly acclaimed author of numerous works including six original James bond 007 novels. Benson wrote these under a commission from the James Bond literary copyright holders between 1996 and 2002. He also penned three film novelizations and three short stories on this topic and two anthologies: The Union Trilogy and Choice of Weapons.

Benson is a New York Times best-selling author, writing as David Michaels; an Edgar Alan Poe Award nominee, Mystery Writers of America; a “Lovey” Readers’ Choice Award winner for Best Thriller; and the recipient of many other awards. He has been honored in Naoshima, Japan, with the erections of a permanent museum dedicated to one of his novels, and he is an Ambassador for Japan’s Kagawa Prefecture.

Benson is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and numerous other organizations and serves on the Board of Directors of the Ian Fleming Foundation. He lives in the Chicago area.

ALL RAYMOND BENSON TITLES ON FROM SWEDEN WITH LOVE INCL. HIS JAMES BOND NOVELS:
>Homefront: The Voice of Freedom (2011)
>James Bond: Choice of Weapons (2010)
>Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2009)
>Dark Side of the Morgue (2009)
>James Bond: The Union Trilogy (2008)
>Metal Gear Solid (2008)
>A Hard Day's Death (US paperback, 2008)
>A Hard Day's Death (US hardcover, 2008)
>Doppio Gioco (Italian version of Doubleshot, 2007)
>Sweetie's Diamonds (2007)
>Tempo Di Uccidere (Italian version of High Time to Kill, 2006)
>Obiettivo Decada (Italian version of The Facts of Death, 2006)
>Conto alla rovescia (Italian version of Zero Minus Ten, 2005)

>Die Another Day (2002)
>The Man with the Red Tattoo (2002)
>Never Dream of Dying (2001)
>Doubleshot (2000)
>High Time to Kill (1999)
>The World Is Not Enough (1999)
>Live at Five (1999)
>Midsummer Night's Doom (1999)
>The Facts of Death (1998)
>Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
>Zero Minus Ten (1997)
>Blast from the Past (1997)

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Hardback cover for Raymond Benson's book The Black Stiletto: Black & White © Oceanview Publishing. All rights reserved.

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