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The Resource At risk, Stella Rimington

At risk, Stella Rimington

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At risk
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At risk
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Stella Rimington
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eng
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A deadly terrorist threat draws British intelligence officer Liz Carlyle into a dangerous pursuit in which she discovers that her unique ability to get inside the enemy's head could be the only hope of averting a horrific disaster
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  • The first woman director general of Britain's MI5, Rimington speaks smartly about workplace issues while ratcheting the tension high in her authoritative debut thriller. Enter Liz Carlyle, an agent-runner with a taste for vintage clothes; her married lover, Mark Callendar, whom she doesn't love; and an appealing head of section, Charles Wetherby. You don't need Liz's deductive powers to figure out that Wetherby will eventually succeed Mark, who terminally annoys Liz by leaving his wife. Liz is married to her job. Small wonder: it doesn't get more exciting than this. The Islamic Terror Syndicate (ITS) may be about to deploy an "invisible"—"an ethnic native of the target country"—and only Liz can pull together all the threads. Rimington infuses the chase with moral complexity by making the invisible a real human being, no matter that she boasts a fake name and has "become a cipher, a selfless instrument of vengeance, a Child of Heaven." Most of the characters feel authentic, although Rimington occasionally goes on about strangers briefly glimpsed and introduces several wryly flirtatious male agents too many. She is open about having had an assist with the structure of the book, but the voice rings true, and she keeps faith with a genre she clearly venerates. 150,000 first printing; five-city author tour. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 29, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 48, p21)
  • Rimington, former director general of Britain's security service MI5, introduces us to Liz Carlyle, a young, hip, and incredibly intuitive counterterrorism intelligence officer. Working out of London, Liz receives troubling information that leads her to the coast to investigate a fisherman's homicide. Initially, the case seems connected to a local smuggling ring, but the military assault–style murder weapon arouses Liz's suspicions. Her fear grows as information trickles in: nearby are two members of the Islamic Terror Syndicate (a Pakistani fighter and an unidentified British female), leaving dead bodies, abandoned vehicles, and homemade bomb fixings in their wake. But where are they now, and what is their ultimate target? Despite a few dropped story lines, the author pulls off an exciting thriller with nods to Ken Follett's style and Evelyn Anthony's heroines. Women authors and protagonists are rare in the British intelligence genre, and this debut has series potential. Recommended for popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/04.]—Teresa L. Jacobsen, Santa Monica P.L., CA --Teresa L. Jacobsen (Reviewed December 15, 2004) (Library Journal, vol 129, issue 20, p112)
  • Does the post-9/11 world have room for espionage fiction? First-novelist Rimington, the former Director General of Britain's MI5, certainly thinks so.An Afghani terrorist who's taken considerable pains to slip into England illegally but under his own name is en route to a rendezvous with a discontented young Englishwoman, a fearsome "invisible" agent, when something goes wrong. The Norfolk fisherman bringing in Faraj Mansoor together with a boatload of other illegal immigrants sets his eye on Faraj's backpack, and Faraj has to kill him to keep from losing it. Rimington reserves the slow-moving first quarter of her story for the events leading up to this murder. Luckily, her fictional counterpart, Liz Carlyle, who runs counterterrorism agents for MI5, is quick to link the telltale bullet, a 7.62 mm armor-piercing round, to an early warning she's already received about Faraj's identification papers, and the hunt is finally on for Faraj and his home-grown terrorist contact, who's working under the name Lucy Wharmby. "I'm not quite working with the police," Liz tells a reluctant witness. "I'm working alongside them." Every branch of Her Majesty's government agrees that Faraj and Lucy have to be captured before they act. But the stalwarts of MI5, their flirtatious counterparts in MI6, the elite Special Forces, and the time-servers in the local constabulary have very different ideas of what the two terrorists might be up to, where their target might be, and what to do about it. Their day-of-the-jackal search for Faraj and Lucy, played out against the violent and resourceful countermeasures of their targets, doesn't exactly break new ground in the genre. Yet once she sets up her irresistible situation, Rimington controls the game of hunters and hunted like—well, like a master of real-life spycraft.New wine, expertly crafted, in old bottles. (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2004)
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130462
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DLC
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Rimington, Stella
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6118.I44
LC item number
A93 2005
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Liz Carlyle series ; bk. 1
Series volume
0001
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  • Terrorism
  • Intelligence officers
  • Women intelligence officers
  • Great Britain
  • Intelligence officers
  • Terrorism
  • Women intelligence officers
  • Great Britain
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At risk, Stella Rimington
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Originally published: Great Britain: Hutchinson, 2004
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ocm56058298
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
367 pages
Isbn
9781400043705
Lccn
2004048965
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(OCoLC)56058298
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At risk, Stella Rimington
Publication
Note
Originally published: Great Britain: Hutchinson, 2004
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm56058298
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st American ed.
Extent
367 pages
Isbn
9781400043705
Lccn
2004048965
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)56058298

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