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Illegal Action

By (author) Stella Rimington

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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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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
  • 02 Jun 2009
  • Vintage Books USA
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0307389065
  • 9780307389060
  • 320,508

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Stella Rimington joined MI5 in 1965 and during her thirty-year career she worked in all the main fields of the Service's responsibilities -counter-subversion, counter-espionage, and counter-terrorism-and successively became Director of all three branches. Appointed Director-General of MI5 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, in the UK. She is the author of Secret Asset and At Risk.

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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"

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