Books by Stella Rimington

Stella Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1965 and during her career she worked in all the main fields of the Service's responsibilities - counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism - and became successively Director of all th

THE MOSCOW SLEEPERS by Stella Rimington
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Proof, if any were needed by now, that Rimington is better at worldbuilding than storytelling. The threat is real, the bureaucratic infighting sharply detailed, the tradecraft circumspect. The only thing left shortchanged is the plot."
Those pesky Russians, who just don't know when to quit, are at it again in this sedate 10th adventure for Liz Carlyle. Read full book review >
BREAKING COVER by Stella Rimington
Released: July 26, 2016

"Perhaps the most vividly plotted of Rimington's recent spy thrillers, though still less persuasive when it ventures into foreign waters than when it exposes interpersonal rivalries among staffers who are supposed to be on the same side."
Now that Vladimir Putin is flexing his muscles in the international arena, Rimington, who always has a sharp eye for contemporary headlines (Close Call, 2014, etc.), provides another dose of Cold War tension for MI5 and MI6. Read full book review >
CLOSE CALL by Stella Rimington
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Like most of Liz's adventures, this one is conscientious and unspectacular, with little suggestion of significant moral or psychological depths below the professionalism. Rimington's biggest talent lies in her uncanny knack for choosing the hot-button issues to hang her stories on."
In her eighth world-class headache, Liz Carlyle and the rest of MI5 (The Geneva Trap, 2012, etc.) tangle with a ring that deals weapons to the worst kind of people.Read full book review >
THE GENEVA TRAP by Stella Rimington
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Considering the magnitude of the threat and the echoes of From Russia with Love and Diamonds Are Forever (the film, not the book), everything gets wrapped up suspiciously neatly, even though, as Liz sagely remarks, 'I wonder if we'll ever know what this was really all about.'"
Someone's threatening the security of the U.S. drone program, and according to MI5's best information, it seems to be a combination of—wait for it—the Russians, the North Koreans and the South Koreans. Read full book review >
RIP TIDE by Stella Rimington
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Though the incessantly buzzing threat board may give you more headaches than thrills, the densely imagined counterterrorist culture Rimington creates beneath the tradecraft is as compelling as ever."
A foiled Somali hijacking sets MI5's Liz Carlyle (Dead Line, 2010, etc.) on the winding trail of international terrorists. Read full book review >
DEAD LINE by Stella Rimington
Released: July 1, 2010

"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."
Who's trying to torpedo the latest round of Mideast peace talks? Read full book review >
ILLEGAL ACTION by Stella Rimington
Released: July 1, 2008

"Forget the fate of nations in the shortest, least consequential and least suspenseful of Liz's three adventures to date. It's hard not to share the feelings of her old boss: 'To him these people were like characters in a play.'"
Just because they lost the Cold War doesn't mean the Russians aren't still capable of minor skullduggery. Read full book review >
SECRET ASSET by Stella Rimington
Released: June 22, 2007

"The mixture as before: slow to start, but with whiplash control of momentum that raises your pulse a heartbeat at a time until the climax. "
What's worse than the threat of terrorist violence on English soil? The possibility that the brains behind the plot is a mole who's infiltrated MI5. Read full book review >
AT RISK by Stella Rimington
Released: Jan. 13, 2005

"New wine, expertly crafted, in old bottles."
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. Read full book review >