Review of THE BLACK STILETTO: SECRETS & LIES by Raymond Benson

As I’ve mentioned in the past, I loved this series when it first came out. The titular heroine quickly won a place in my favorite heroes list. The second book lost a little something, but was still good. The third one threw politics into the mix and (wouldn’t you know) put her on the liberal side, along with making her jump into bed with two different men . . . way too easily, IMHO. I really didn’t like that book.

Well, there are five years’ worth of diaries that are telling the story of the Black Stiletto. Secrets & Lies is number four and it shows why the famed vigilante moved from NYC to California. She did it to follow a man.

Okay, it wasn’t that simple.

She had to leave New York, as the police there were making things incredibly difficult. The man, Leo, gave her a place to go.

Here’s where it gets a little bad. Leo is a criminal. So is his sister. Judy has slept with him and she STILL doesn’t recognize his voice when she interupts him . . . as the Black Stiletto . . . during a robbery. Her sixth sense keeps warning her that he’s hiding something from her. He’s as much as admitted to working with (though not for) criminals in his warehouse business. And she doesn’t put two and two together.

Why does she keep getting more and more naive?

The pros here are in the modern journals. We see Judy’s granddaughter finally find out about her heroic grandmother. Judy had somehow expected her granddaughter to continue her legacy. And, as much as Gina has learned to kick butt, I expect her to live up to Judy’s expectations.

In addition to the cons listed above, we have journal entries by Leo. These just didn’t seem to really belong.

So, the only thing that is making me really read the final book is Gina’s destiny and the fact that this book ended in a cliffhanger. Though the final book is due in November, 2014, I won’t necessarily buy it then. This series tends to charge way too much for ebooks. I purchased this one on sale for 3.99. It is currently 9.99. And that is twice what I’m willing to pay for a fiction ebook.

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