A new Cold War is coming, and Liz Carlyle is about to find herself on very thin ice.
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 and nine Liz Carlyle novels. She lives in London and Norfolk.
Rimington tells her story with the crisp authority one would expect of James Bond's M ... The story careens along energetically, giving us lots of juicy insider-seeming details along the way * New York Times Book Review * She bids to join the ranks of such secret-agent authors as Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene and John le Carre * Wall Street Journal * 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 * For a pacy page-turner, she's a safe bet . . . Rimington is particularly strong in her accounts of procedure, unsurprisingly, given her past role as Head of MI5 * Independent * Faster than Le Carre, she creates the same sense of real characters struggling with real problems * John Sandford * Liz Carlyle is an MI5 agent with the traditional thriller-heroine mix of dysfunctional personal life and steely ambition * Daily Telegraph * Just like her heroine Liz, Stella Rimington was a woman in a mainly man's world as the head of MI5 and this lends her novel enormous credibility right through to the nail-biting final -- Joanna Czechowska on Close Call * Woman * This spy story is as authentic as it could be ... Although high drama is tightly limited, there is enough action (and sympathy for targeted agents) to make for a highly satisfying plot * Country Life *