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What? You haven’t read a Stella Rimington novel! Don’t worry, nor had I… and even better The Moscow Sleepers can easily be read as a standalone novel. If you are now feeling rather smug as you are already well on board this particular series then I trust you won’t be disappointed. I now plan to start at the beginning and read the first ten in the ‘Liz Carlyle’ novels as I trust they will be just as addictive. Liz Carlyle becomes embroiled in a case that appears to be fractured and confusing, gradually however the pieces begin to slide, one by one into deadly place. As you’d expect, Stella Rimington writes with a commanding pen, I felt in safe and secure hands as I sank below the surface into the dangerous world of international intelligence. An intricate web with a number of characters weaved together in the most utterly believable way. The Moscow Sleepers isn’t sexy, fickle, excitable fantasy, instead I felt as though I was in a completely plausible world, one that particularly at the moment, feels all too heart in mouth real - highly recommended.
For fans of Spooks, Homeland, McMafia and The Night Manager, the latest thriller in Stella Rimington's bestselling espionage series sees Liz Carlyle investigating a sinister Russian plot - tense, gripping and global in scope A man lies dying in a hospital in upstate Vermont. The nurses know only that he is an academic at a nearby university but they have been instructed to call the FBI should anyone visit their patient. News of this suspected Russian illegal soon reaches MI5 in London where Liz Carlyle has been contacted by a top secret source known as Mischa who is requesting a clandestine rendezvous in Berlin. Meanwhile in Brussels a Russian sleeper agent who has lived undercover for years is beginning to question his role, while suspicions have been roused about a boarding school in Suffolk that has recently changed hands in mysterious circumstances. The latest expertly-plotted thriller in Stella Rimington's bestselling series, The Moscow Sleepers is a white-knuckle ride through the dark underbelly of international intelligence, simmering political animosities and global espionage.
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Espionage, Russian secret agents, MI5............the timing of this book is perfect, it couldn't be more topical and it all feels chillingly credible. Compulsive! Full review
A great telling of spy infiltration entwined with police procedural elements around schools and refugees. Full review
A timely thriller in the Liz Carlyle series, with a large cast of characters, giving an insight into the world of espionage. Full review
Damn good ... I'd certainly take any sequel she writes - Daily Telegraph
Liz Carlyle remains one of the most interesting characters in the male-dominated world of the spy thriller - Daily Express
Rimington provides lots of detail of intelligence work used to counter today's terrorists that seem real - and intriguing - Financial Times
She bids to join the ranks of such secret-agent authors as Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene and John le Carre - Wall Street Journal
This is something rare: the spy novel that prizes authenticity over fabrication, that is true to the character and spirit of intelligence work - Mail on Sunday
Faster than le Carre, she creates the same sense of real characters struggling with real problems - John Sandford
Publication date: 20/09/2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
|Publication date:||20th September 2018|
|Publisher:||Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Espionage & spy thriller, Thriller / suspense, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Dame Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1968. During her career she worked in all the main fields of the Service: counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism. She was appointed Director General in 1992, the first woman to hold the post. She has written her autobiography and five Liz Carlyle novels. She lives in London and Norfolk.More About Stella Rimington