Secret Asset

Secret Asset

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With her debut novel, At Risk, Stella Rimington established herself as a top-notch thriller writer, and 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 when one of her agents reports suspicious meetings taking place at an Islamic bookshop, she trusts her instinct that a terrorist cell is at work. Her boss, Charles Wetherby, Director of Counter-Terrorism, knows to trust Liz’s instincts as well: he immediately puts a surveillance operation into place.

So Liz is surprised when Wetherby suddenly takes her off the case. And she’s shocked to hear why: Wetherby has received a tip-off that a mole—a “secret asset”—has been planted in one of the branches of British Intelligence. If this is true, the potential damage to the Service is immeasurable. 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.

As she did in At Risk, Stella Rimington once again brings all her experience as the first woman Director General of MI5 to bear in a heart-stopping thriller that takes us deep into a “wilderness of mirrors” where nothing is what it seems and no one can be trusted.



Baker & Taylor
While investigating a series of suspicious meetings at an Islamic bookshop, MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle is taken off surveillance to investigate rumors that a mole is at work within British Intelligence and that terrorists are plotting a massive strike.

Blackwell North Amer
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 when one of her agents reports suspicious meetings taking place at an Islamic bookshop, she trusts her instinct that a terrorist cell is at work. Her boss, Charles Wetherby, Director of Counter-Terrorism, knows to trust Liz's instincts as well: he immediately puts a surveillance operation into place.
So Liz is surprised when Wetherby suddenly takes her off the case. And she's shocked to hear why: Wetherby has received a tip-off that a mole - a "secret asset" - has been planted in one of the branches of British Intelligence. If this is true, the potential damage to the Service is immeasurable. 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.

Baker
& Taylor

While investigating a series of suspicious meetings that have been taking place at an Islamic bookshop, MI5 Intelligence Officer Liz Carlyle is taken off surveillance to investigate rumors that a mole is at work within British Intelligence and that terrorists are plotting a massive strike. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781400043958
1400043956
Branch Call Number: FICTION RIMINGTON
Characteristics: 319 p. ; 25 cm

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EmilyEm
Aug 17, 2016

Liz Carlyle’s boss Wetherby has her assigned to find a ‘secret asset’ or mole in their midst, just as a runner named Marzipan she manages reports a possible terrorist plot.

Liz’s insightfulness, one of her strengths, is on full display in this second installment of the spy series. Good.

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JulieJohnson
Oct 19, 2011

Great story -- love this series and can't wait to read them all!

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rahmmie
Nov 29, 2010

It must be difficult to write about what she knows without going too far and disclosing something she shouldn't tell people about. Maybe that's why I thought this book was entertaining but without any serious insight, almost like floating on the surface all the time

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