At Risk by Stella Rimington

By Stella Rimington

A terrorist is focusing on Britain. And to make concerns worse it’s an “invisible”--someone touring lower than a British passport. nearly very unlikely to discover sooner than it’s too late.The activity falls to Liz Carlyle, the main imaginitive counter terror agent in British intelligence. monitoring down this invisible is a problem like none she has confronted sooner than. it is going to require all her hard-won event, to claim not anything of her intelligence and braveness. Drawing on her personal years as Britain's highest-ranking secret agent, Stella Rimington provides us a narrative that's shrewdpermanent, tautly drawn, and suspenseful from first to last. Review:

The lady who previously headed Britain's intelligence carrier (and what could Ian Fleming have made up of that?) is available in from the chilly with a sensible, shrewdpermanent, and brilliantly paced mystery that turns out ripped from the headlines--if no longer today's, then most likely tomorrow's. Liz Carlyle is an agent-runner in MI-5's Joint Counter-Terrorist staff, that's dealing with the last word intelligence nightmare; an "invisible," a terrorist who's an ethnic local of the objective nation and hence capable of go its borders unchecked and circulation round its environs unquestioned. All Liz and her group need to pass on is the suspicion neighborhood fisherman who was once shot with an strange armor-piercing gun identified to be preferred through international brokers and whose physique used to be present in the restroom of a shipping café close to a smuggler's seashore can have been serious about aiding an undercover operative referred to as "Vengeance sooner than God" input England with no good thing about passport or visa--a guy whose undertaking, if now not his id, has been the topic of contemporary intelligence "chatter" from militant Muslim resources. And whereas Liz thinks she is familiar with who the operative is--an Afghani with solid papers final visible in a German port city--she doesn't have a clue concerning the "invisible" who's supporting him, or the objective of their crosshairs.

This is a tightly drawn, expertly advised story that wastes few phrases in describing the shadowy global of the intelligence companies, the turf battles and infighting, or even the romantic entanglements that attend the lives of these concerned. It marks a promising moment occupation for its writer, whose destiny good fortune will no doubt be even more public than her previous accomplishments. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly:

The first lady director common of Britain's MI5, Rimington speaks well approximately place of work matters whereas ratcheting the stress excessive in her authoritative debut mystery. input Liz Carlyle, an agent-runner with a style for classic outfits; her married lover, Mark Callendar, whom she doesn't love; and an beautiful head of part, Charles Wetherby. You don't desire Liz's deductive powers to determine that Wetherby will finally be triumphant Mark, who terminally annoys Liz by means of leaving his spouse. Liz is married to her activity. Small ask yourself: it doesn't get extra intriguing than this. The Islamic Terror Syndicate (ITS) might be approximately to set up an "invisible"—"an ethnic local of the objective country"—and merely Liz can pull jointly all of the threads. Rimington infuses the chase with ethical complexity by way of making the invisible a true individual, regardless of that she boasts a pretend identify and has "become a cipher, a selfless device of vengeance, a baby of Heaven." lots of the characters suppose actual, even if Rimington sometimes is going on approximately strangers in short glimpsed and introduces a number of wryly flirtatious male brokers too many. She is open approximately having had an support with the constitution of the publication, however the voice earrings precise, and he or she retains religion with a style she in actual fact venerates.

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Handfuls of well-fed, very well-dressed, smooth-looking Russians leaned against the cars. Less kempt men stood against walls, their wares spread out at their feet. In the boot of every car, the back of every truck, and along the pavement, weapons were stacked, grenade launchers, hand guns, Uzi and H&K sub-machine guns; boxes of ammunition. Jack Wade grunted, then assumed his role of tour guide. "Welcome to the shopping mall of death. The wild East This, for Russia, is capitalism's finest hour. One size maims all, and everyone can make a killing.

She had to get out of here very quickly indeed, and, if she had to face the snow and ice above ground, she needed more than the black skirt, the shirt and the skimpy underwear she wore with comfort in the air conditioned, underground facility which had been her natural habitat. In her room she quickly changed into thermal underwear, jeans and her stout leather boots which she had bought during her last leave. She shrugged herself into a thick fur coat, jammed a fur hat onto her head and was already drawing on fur-lined gloves as she ran back to the charnel house that had been the work area.

Mishkin glanced up, giving Ourumov a withering look. "Boris Grishenko, and one other. A woman, it appears. Page 44 18) Goldeneye A very talented Level Two computer scientist Natalya Fyodorovna Simonova. " Mishkin nodded. "As I say, a very talented young woman. Conversant in French, Italian, German and English.... " Ourumov sounded angry now. "Also fluent in four different computer languages. " Ourumov repeated. " Ourumov took in a deep breath. " Mishkin's silky voice became a shade more threatening.

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