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.
The visit of a suspected Russian spy to a patient in a Vermont hospice kicks off Rimington's fascinating 10th Liz Carlyle novel (after 2016's Breaking Cover). Alerted by the FBI, MI5 agent Carlyle in the U.K. connects the incident to a shady private school in Suffolk that has recently changed hands. Once a training academy for the British elite, Bartholomew Manor College now enrolls only boys with advanced computer skills from Eastern Europe. Liz soon clashes with the school's headmaster, whose wishy-washy answers do little to ease her suspicions that the school is a training ground for hackers under the direction of Moscow. A poignant subplot concerns the fate of sleeper agents who are set on a life path by Moscow, but then forgotten about with changes in personnel and administration back in the home country. Series fans will be pleased that Liz appears to have a new beau following the death of her former lover a few books ago. While the action flags at times, Rimington, a former director general of MI5, makes fine use of her knowledge of spycraft.
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The Moscow Sleepers
Convincing details about the secret service as always. The plot is weak and rambling with few genuinely tense moments. Many of the characters seem to be included simply to pad out the book. There is hardly any real development of the “online world’ and the book is hardly a “white knuckle ride”. This story compares in no way to any of the other excellent Liz Carlyle novels.