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"Fast-moving . . . Rimington continues to deliver on the promise of spy fiction written not only by a former spy but also by the head of British intelligence. This is a smartly constructed, sharply written thriller that exudes realism and a professional's eye for detail . . . Rimington also proves adept at building characters and constructing plots."-David Pitt, "Booklist" "Those interested in old school British intelligence thrillers will find much to like in the smart, enterprising Carlyle . . . Much is made of the authenticity of Rimington's tradecraft (she was the first female head of MI5 in real life), and rightly so."-"Publishers Weekly" "["Secret Asset" has] whiplash control of momentum that raises your pulse a heartbeat at a time until the climax."-"Kirkus Reviews" "The author makes effective use of her professional knowledge . . . The ingenious plot entwines strands of Irish Republican Army leftovers, disaffected spies, and Islamic terrorists . . . Rimington's sense of place is strong."-"Library Journal" Praise for "At Risk": "This is something very rare: the spy novel that prizes authenticity over fabrication." -"Mail on Sunday" "Tense and terrifying." -"Cosmopolitan" "A cracking good thriller" -Lynn Barber, "Observer" "Intelligent -- Undeniably pacy" -"Guardian" "Rimington makes adroit use of her expertise as former MI5 chief" -"Sunday Times" "The Secret Service background is exceedingly convincing" -"Evening Standard" "First class" -Douglas Hurd," New Statesman" Praise for Stella Rimington's autobiography "Open Secret": "The story of MI5's transformation is fascinating. So toois Rimington's account of her rise in what was very definitely a man's world."--"Guardian" "She writes in a refreshingly self-deprecating style of juggling the roles of single parent and chief 'spook'."--"Independent on Sunday" "Open Secret is a fascinating account not only of Stella Rimington's various roles in the evolving Security Services, but also of the strains on a single mother as she struggles to compartmentalize a life that is necessarily unpredictable, stressful and shrouded in secrecy."--"Time Out"

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