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Dead Line by Stella Rimington
  

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October 2008 Book of the Month.

Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 6 November 2008.

Interestingly as this author changes publisher so too does she change style. Although this is still a Liz Carlyle thriller, it is less boysie - there is a lot of emotional reflection here by Liz and a friend's mother attached to a rogue agent. It revolves round a conference in Glen Eagles where the detail and inter-departmental rivalry are well done, but it's not one of her best, so enjoy this, it's good, then go back to her earlier three.

Comparision: Evelyn Anthony, Clare Francis, Colin Forbes.

If you like Stella Rimington you might also like to read books by Stephen Leather, Stephen Leather and Gerald Seymour.

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Synopsis

Dead Line by Stella Rimington

MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle is summoned to a meeting with her boss Charles Wetherby, head of the Service's Counter-Espionage Branch. His counterpart over at MI6 has received alarming intelligence from a high-placed Syrian source. A Middle East peace conference is planned to take place at Gleneagles in Scotland and several heads of state will attend.

The Syrians have learned that two individuals are mounting an operation to disrupt the peace conference in a way designed to be spectacular, laying the blame at Syria's door.The source claims that Syrian Intelligence will act against the pair, presumably by killing them. No one knows who they are or what they are planning to do. Are they working together? Who is controlling them? Or is the whole story a carefully laid trail of misinformation? It is Liz's job to find out.

But, as she discovers, the threat is far greater than she or anyone else could have imagined. The future of the whole of the Middle East is at stake and the conference deadline is drawing ever closer.

Reviews

'A beguiling and successful debut'
Evening Standard. Evening Standard

'A tense, terrifying read we couldn't put down'
Cosmopolitan. Cosmopolitan

'A wealth of persuasive detail, obviously drawn from first hand experience'
Marie Claire. Marie Claire

'The details of how MI5 conducts its business are fascinating ... Stella establishes a cracking pace and keeps you guessing right up until the end'
Sunday Express. Sunday Express

'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. Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Stella Rimington

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

4th June 2009

Author

Stella Rimington

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Author's Website

www.stellarimington.com/

Publisher

Quercus Publishing
www.quercusbooks.co.uk

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
Action Adventure / Spy
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Espionage & spy thriller

ISBN

9781847247896

Publisher Profile

Quercus Publishing Plc is an imprint of Quercus

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Starting out in a small office in Dorset Street, London, the company quickly expanded, producing best sellers with each of its first two titles, Universe and Speeches that Changed the World.

As well as winning awards for their books Quercus also won Small Publisher of the Year at the British Book Industry Awards and the PLUS New Company fo the Year in the Fast Growth Business Awards.

Publisher's Website

www.quercusbooks.co.uk

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