Dead Line

Stella Rimington, Knopf, $25.95 (304p) ISBN 978-0-307-27254-6
In Rimington’s fine fourth spy thriller to feature MI5 officer Liz Carlyle (after Illegal Asset), the 35-year-old counterespionage agent takes the lead in unraveling disturbing intelligence received from MI6 regarding a plot to disrupt an upcoming Middle East peace conference in Scotland. According to a Syrian source, a Lebanese businessman living in London and a freelance journalist are suspected of planning to lay the blame for the projected attack on Syria. With the high-profile conference quickly approaching, every clue raises more questions for Liz, who begins to wonder if the intelligence wasn’t all just disinformation. Liz’s intuition proves correct when she uncovers an ingenious conspiracy that, if successful, could throw the entire Middle East into chaos. Rimington, the former director general of MI5, can be a bit methodical at points, but the impressively Ludlumesque plot will keep readers blissfully turning the pages until the end. (July)
Reviewed on: 05/03/2010
Release date: 06/01/2010
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 374 pages - 978-1-84724-311-9
Paperback - 305 pages - 978-0-307-47361-5
Compact Disc - 4 pages - 978-1-84724-679-0
Hardcover - 374 pages - 978-1-84724-310-2
Open Ebook - 207 pages - 978-0-307-59375-7
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