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Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1968. During her career she worked in all the main fields of the Service: counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism. She was appointed Director General in 1992, the first woman to hold the post. She has written her autobiography and three Liz Carlyle novels. She lives in London and Norfolk.


Undeniably pacey - Guardian. A tense terrifying read we couldn't put down - Cosmopolitan. A wealth of persuasive detail, obviously drawn from first hand experience - Marie Claire. This is something rare: the spy novel that prizes authenticity over fabrication, that is true to the character and spirit of intelligence work - Mail on Sunday.

In Rimington's fine fourth spy thriller to feature MI5 officer Liz Carlyle (after Illegal Asset), the 35-year-old counterespionage agent takes the lead in unraveling disturbing intelligence received from MI6 regarding a plot to disrupt an upcoming Middle East peace conference in Scotland. According to a Syrian source, a Lebanese businessman living in London and a freelance journalist are suspected of planning to lay the blame for the projected attack on Syria. With the high-profile conference quickly approaching, every clue raises more questions for Liz, who begins to wonder if the intelligence wasn't all just disinformation. Liz's intuition proves correct when she uncovers an ingenious conspiracy that, if successful, could throw the entire Middle East into chaos. Rimington, the former director general of MI5, can be a bit methodical at points, but the impressively Ludlumesque plot will keep readers blissfully turning the pages until the end. (July) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Liz Carlyle makes her fifth foray (after Illegal Action) into thwarting the vile plots of evildoers, this time at the famed Gleneagles resort in Scotland, site of an upcoming peace summit. For its Middle Eastern players, the tense quest has never looked this promising, but reports point to a wily saboteur at work. Liz plumbs deeply into her quirky intuition to snag the elusive plotter but is catastrophically sidelined by a traffic accident. Or not? Rimington, onetime head of the famed British spy agency MI5, creates a tight cat's cradle of a plot along with plenty of realistic tradecraft and a shimmer of romance for a terrific summer read. VERDICT Suspense-loving Anglophiles will want to stock up on this and earlier Carlyle titles as well. And readers who have read all of Gayle Lynds's thrillers might want to try Rimington. [Ebook ISBN 978-0-307-59375-7.]-Barbara Conaty, Falls Church, VA Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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