The Moscow Sleepers (Hardcover)

A Liz Carlyle Novel (Liz Carlyle Novels)

By Stella Rimington

Bloomsbury Publishing, 9781632867971, 320pp.

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

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For fans of Homeland and The Night Manager, the latest thriller in Stella Rimington's bestselling espionage series sees Liz Carlyle investigating a sinister Russian plot.

A Russian immigrant lies dying in a hospice in upstate Vermont. When a stranger visits, claiming to be a childhood friend, the FBI is alerted and news quickly travels to MI5 in London.

Liz Carlyle and her colleague Peggy Kinsolving are already knee-deep in conspiracies, and as they unravel the events that landed the man in the hospital, Liz learns of a network of Russians and their plot to undermine the German government. Liz and Peggy set out to locate and stop this insidious network, traveling the world from Montreal to Moscow.

The latest expertly plotted thriller in Stella Rimington's bestselling series, The Moscow Sleepers is a white-knuckle ride through the dark underbelly of international intelligence, simmering political animosities, and global espionage.

About the Author

Dame 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, Open Secret, and ten Liz Carlyle novels, including Breaking Cover and Close Call. She lives in London and Norfolk.

Praise For The Moscow Sleepers: A Liz Carlyle Novel (Liz Carlyle Novels)

“Fascinating . . . Rimington, a former director general of MI5, makes fine use of her knowledge of spycraft.” —Publishers Weekly

“Welcome a new queen of the genre . . . Stella Rimington, who as the first female director of MI-5 . . . knows of what she writes.” —The Washington Times

“[Rimington] bids to join the ranks of such secret-agent authors as . . . Graham Greene [and] John le Carré.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Rimington's best work demonstrates a flair for narrative, with a sense of authenticity and an insider's grasp on the pressing issues of the day.” —The Washington Post

The Moscow Sleepers offers a sturdy display of espionage agencies wrestling to collaborate via real-life intrigue, with a nice dose of feminine teamwork.” —NY Journal of Books

This is espionage with a capital E, as Rimington draws from her years as Britain's highest-ranking spy, adding cybersecurity issues from today's headlines to bring readers the tenth Liz Carlyle thriller (following Breaking Cover, 2016). A stranger's visit to a dying college professor in Vermont trips an FBI alarm, and the agency forwards their concerns to MI5 in London. Counterterrorist agent Carlyle and her colleagues are assigned to the case, and a visit to Montreal makes them aware of a global cyberconspiracy originating in Moscow and operating in Germany, the UK, and North America through an extensive “sleeper” network. There are white-knuckle encounters in Berlin and Moscow as attempts are made to infiltrate the Russian operation, and the trail eventually leads Carlyle and her team back to England, where a bizarre spy school is suspected of training Middle Eastern refugees in the darker uses of the internet. Recommend this series to fans of classic espionage in the le Carré mold.” —Booklist

"Politics, espionage and manipulation collide in this latest thriller featuring Stella Rimington’s popular heroine, Liz Carlyle, and you can’t help but appreciate the way its fictional events are very much rooted in reality … Insightful as well as dramatic, the writing builds to a truly satisfying conclusion’ " - Women’s Weekly