Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780307389060, 320pp.
Publication Date: June 2, 2009
The fiercely intelligent, ambitious MI5 officer Liz Carlyle returns in a spy novel of arresting psychological complexity and unflagging suspense.
In the most recent installment in the Liz Carlyle series, Liz has been transferred to counter-espionage—the hub of MI5 operations during the Cold War. Her mission: protect Nikita Brunovsky, an increasingly vocal opponent of Vladimir Putin, who has been targeted for assassination and is seeking refuge in the UK. The Foreign Office is adamant about forestalling a crime that could become a full-blown international incident. So Liz goes undercover, attaching herself to Brunovsky's retinue: racing against the clock to determine who betrayed him and suddenly facing a wholly unexpected second task—unmasking a Russian operative working undercover alongside her.
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“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