With her debut novel, At Risk, Stella Rimington introduced us to Liz Carlyle: a smart, impassioned MI5 intelligence officer whose talents and ambitions are counterbalanced by an abiding awareness of her job's moral complexities. In Secret Asset, we are plunged back into her high-stakes, high-tension world. Liz has always been particularly skilled at "assessing people", and she trusts her instinct that a terrorist cell is at work at an Islamic bookshop. But when her boss, Charles Wetherby, suddenly takes her off the case, she's shocked to hear why: Wetherby has received a tip-off that a mole has been planted in one of the branches of British Intelligence.
As her colleagues work to avert an impending terrorist strike, Liz is charged with the momentous task of uncovering and exposing the mole before it's too late.
"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)
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