A LIZ CARLYLE INVESTIGATION
'Rimington tells her story with the crisp authority one would expect of James Bond's M' New York Times Book Review
Recovering from a gruelling terrorist investigation, Liz Carlyle has been posted to MI5's counter-espionage desk. Her bosses hope the change of scene will give her some breathing space, but they haven't counted on Putin's increased aggression towards the West. Soon Liz is on the hunt for a Russian spy who threatens to plunge Britain back into the fraught days of the Cold War.
Meanwhile, MI6 has hired Jasminder Kapoor, a controversial young civil rights lawyer, to explain issues of privacy and security to the public. But in this world of shadowy motives and secret identities, Jasminder must be extra-careful about whom she can trust …
At the start of Rimington's intermittently compelling ninth novel featuring British MI5 agent Liz Carlyle (after 2014's Close Call), Jasminder Kapoor, a thoughtful advocate for greater transparency by security services, is mugged in London. She's saved from serious injury by Laurenz Hansen, a charming but secretive private banker who becomes her lover. Meanwhile, MI6 wants to hire someone to handle communications and Kapoor ultimately gets the job, but her new position makes her a target for the book's villains. Over at MI5, Carlyle and her colleagues are trying to prevent another Litvinenko-style assassination by Russian agents. In particular, they're worried about the safety of anti-Putin oligarchs living in England, such as Sergei Patricov. Sources lead them to a plot to infiltrate both of the key British intelligence services. Rimington, who spent decades at MI5, does a fine job of depicting the up-to-the-minute tradecraft, but the plot could have benefited from a greater sense of urgency.