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When MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle learns from one of her agents that there have been suspicious meetings in the Islamic bookshop where he works, she feels almost instinctively that a terrorist cell is at work. Liz, immediately reports her findings to Charles Wetherby, her superior at MI5, and a surveillance operation is swiftly put into place. So when Wetherby pulls Liz off the case and tasks her to investigate a tip that many years ago a mole was planted in one of the branches of British Intelligence she feels distinctly marginalised. To Liz, the likelihood of a mole seems small, but if Wetherby is right then the potential damage to the Service itself could be immeasurable. In Secret Asset, the second Liz Carlyle novel, Stella Rimington once again brings all her experience as a former Director General of MI5 to bear in a truly compelling thriller that takes the reader into a world where no-one can be trusted and nothing is what is seems. rom the author of the bestselling At Risk comes a heart-stopping new thriller that returns us to the high-stakes world of MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle.
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From the former head of MI5 and author of the bestselling At Risk comes a heart-stopping new thriller that returns us to the high stakes world of MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle.

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Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1965 and was appointed Director-General 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. The first Liz Carlyle novel, At Risk, was published in 2004.


Talented M15 intelligence officer Liza Carlyle is asked to stake out a probable terrorist cell at an Islamic bookstore and then asked to pull back; it seems that there's a mole in the system. From former M15 director general Rimington. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"A cracking good thriller" -- Lynn Barber * Observer * "Intelligent... Undeniably pacey" * Guardian * "This is something rare: the spy novel that prizes authenticity over fabrication" * Mail on Sunday * "Tense and terrifying" * Cosmopolitan * "The Security Service background is exceedingly convincing" * Evening Standard *

After four months' convalescent leave, MI5 spy Liz Carlyle, returning from her debut in Rimington's At Risk, confers with her agent Marzipan, an Islamic bookshop clerk who has discovered a probable terror plot in the making. Soon after, Liz is charged with finding an IRA mole within the ranks of MI5. With the aid of fresh-faced co-worker Peggy Kinsolving, Liz goes about the task of ferreting out the mole, despite disappointment at being taken off the terror case, which she can't quite let go-with, it turns out, good reason. Much is made of the authenticity of Rimington's tradecraft (she was the first female head of MI5 in real life), and rightly so. But lots of writers get the details right, and for many readers, Rimington's ratio of action to personal detail will seem skewed: every character, no matter how minor, gets heavily profiled, and it slows things down. Still, those interested in old school British intelligence thrillers will find much to like in the smart, enterprising Carlyle. (June) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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