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The Black Stiletto by Raymond Benson
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Jan 05, 2012

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A fun read in the superhero genre with a unique set-up: A middle-aged son discovers his alzheimers-stricken mother's diaries, and learns that she was the costumed crime-fighter The Black Stiletto in the 1950s and 1960s. He becomes obsessed with the diaries, but it turns out that not all the Black Stiletto's exploits are buried in the past. Benson sets himself up with a difficult task for a writer, with a story that contains three first-person narratives and jumps between the present and 50 years ago. The novel works best when it focuses on the diaries, and it is clear the author did a lot of research on period details. The book is less effective when it returns to the present-day setting. But Benson has established a rich world, and the characters have many more stories to tell. I look forward to the next Black Stiletto book.

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