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Stella Rimington joined MI5 in 1965 and during her thirty-year career she worked in all the main fields of the Service's responsibilities -counter-subversion, counter-espionage, and counter-terrorism-and successively became Director of all three branches. Appointed Director-General of MI5 in 1992, she was the first woman to hold the post and the first Director-General whose name was publicly announced on appointment. Following her retirement from MI5 in 1996, she became a Non-Executive Director of Marks and Spencer and published her autobiography, Open Secret, in the UK. She is the author of Secret Asset and At Risk.


MI5 officer Liz Carlyle tries to make the best of it after she's unwillingly transferred from counterterrorism to counterespionage in Rimington's excellent third novel (after Secret Asset). Assigned to a case involving a rich Moscow oligarch living in London, Liz quickly realizes that there's considerable evidence the oligarch's been targeted for death by someone in Russia--perhaps with the assistance of the Russian government, perhaps not. Matters become more complicated when it becomes evident Liz herself may wind up a target. Rimington's command of espionage and counterespionage history and techniques (derived from long personal experience at the same British agency as Carlyle's) enables her to bring enormous believability to her well-paced narrative. Her dialogue moves as swiftly as the action, and her characters are as believable as the world in which they--and we--live. Fans of intelligent spy thrillers are in for a treat. Author tour. (July) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

MI5 officer Liz Carlyle discovers that wealthy Putin opponent Nikita Brunovsky is about to be assassinated-on her territory. With a six-city tour. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Rimington's plot, as one should expect from a former head of MI5, bristles with subterfuge and splices in allusions to Litvinenko's poisoning to give Illegal Action a contemporary feel. . . . Carlyle, in her third outing, has depth and tenacity."--The Financial Times"A former director general of MI5 in the '90s, Rimington fills her brainy page-turner with authentic details." --Entertainment Weekly"Rimington fashions an exciting final confrontation to her story." --The Washington Post"The psychological curiosity and attention to detail that has made Rimington a top spy also distinguishes her as an author."--People"An ideal beach read for the upcoming vacation season. . . . Elements of the old-fashioned spy novel-sudden twists and characters with hidden agendas-combine with James Patterson's secret to success."--Booklist

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