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.
©2007 Stella Rimington; (P)2007 Books on Tape
"[An] ingenious plot....Rimington's sense of place is strong." (Library Journal)
"[Secret Asset has] whiplash control of momentum that raises your pulse a heartbeat at a time until the climax." (Kirkus Reviews)
I really liked "At Risk," the first book in the series, but was disappointed in this one. The timing was off; the identity of the asset was plain almost from the beginning, and although some interesting ambiguities emerged, it was s slog to the end. Probably very much like real Intel work.
I think I liked this book even better than the first book in the series. It has lots of plots and subplots that eventually, of course, intersect. Muslim extremists. Irish terrorists. A possible mole in MI5... so many plots!
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