As plans get under way for a Middle East peace conference at the Gleneagles resort in Scotland, alarming information comes to MI5 from a high-ranking Syrian source: two individuals are mounting an operation to violently disrupt the conference and lay the blame on Syria. No one knows who they are, exactly what theyre planning or if theyre working independently or being controlled by an unseen foreign hand. But given the stature of the conference attendeesheads of state from the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iranno chances can be taken.
Initially, the leads look promising, but as the conference deadline draws closer and the clues lead Liz to one seeming dead end after another, she begins to understand that the threat is far greater than she or anyone else has imagined. Her most reliable tool has always been her searingly keen intuitionabout what makes people tick, what makes them explode, what makes them defy the most basic constructs of societybut will it be enough to avert a disaster that may forever erase the possibility of peace in the Middle East?
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"Suspense-loving Anglophiles will want to stock up on this and earlier Carlyle titles as well. And readers who have read all of Gayle Lynds's thrillers might want to try Rimington." - Library Journal
"A lumpy tale with a retro baddie and too many subplots, but still a step up from Illegal Action (2008). Maybe Liz, who's certainly earned it, needs some time to herself." - Kirkus Reviews
"...a bit methodical at points, but the impressively Ludlumesque plot will keep readers blissfully turning the pages until the end." - Publishers Weekly
"Fast moving, engrossing, and well constructed." - Booklist
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Stella Rimington joined Britains Security Service (MI5) in 1969. During her nearly thirty-year career she worked in all the main fields of the Services responsibilitiescounter subversion, counter espionage and counter terrorismand successively became Director of all three branches. Appointed Director General of MI5 in 1992, she was the first woman to hold the post and the first Director General whose name was publicly announced on appointment.
Following her retirement from MI5 in 1996, she became a nonexecutive director of Marks & Spencer and published her autobiography, Open Secret, in the United Kingdom. She is also the author of four novels featuring MI5 officer Liz Carlyle. Rimington lives in London.
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