Dead Line

Dead Line

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Random House, Inc.
Here is the fourth installment in Stella Rimington’s series of thrilling novels that have at their center MI5 officer Liz Carlyle.

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 they’re planning or if they’re working independently or being controlled by an unseen foreign hand. But given the stature of the conference attendees—heads of state from the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iran—no 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 intuition—about what makes people tick, what makes them explode, what makes them defy the most basic constructs of society—but will it be enough to avert a disaster that may forever erase the possibility of peace in the Middle East?

Once again, Stella Rimington brings her experience as the first woman Director General of MI5 to bear in a powerfully suspenseful, intellectually and psychologically riveting tale about how the war on terrorism can suddenly—and continually—reshape our world.

Baker & Taylor
Learning of a plot to attack a major peace conference in Scotland, MI5 officer Liz Carlyle follows a series of elusive clues only to realize that the threat is much greater than anticipated and has a potential to permanently destabilize the Middle East.

Blackwell Publishing
"There are lots of red herrings and double dealings in a complex plot given a human edge".--- The Times (London)

"Packed with the sort of detail that only an insider could bring." ---Irish Independent

"Stella Rimington bids to join the ranks of such secret agent-authors as W. Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, John le Carre and Charles McCarry."--- The Wall Street Journal

"Rimington is not your everyday author of thrillers. She used to be the head of M15 herself, its first female director, and as well as on-the-job experience has a rare gift for understated detail." ---Chicago Tribune

"The psychological curiosity and attention to detail that has made Rimington a top spy also distinguishes her as an author: Readers are propelled by suspense, but each scene is so interesting that there's no temptation to skip pages." ---People

"Several former spies have tried their hand at espionage fiction with great success, but Dame Rimington trumps all." ---Baltimore Sun

Here is the fourth installment in Stella Rimington's series of thrilling novels that have at their center M15 officer Liz Carlyle. 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 they're planning or if they're working independently or being controlled by an unseen foreign hand. But given the stature of the conference attendees---heads of state from the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iran---no 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 intuition---about what makes people tick, what makes them explode, what makes them defy the most basic constructs of society---but will it be enough to avert a disaster that may forever erase the possibility of peace in the Middle East?

Once again, Stella Rimington brings her experience as the first woman Director General of MI5 to bear in a powerfully suspenseful, intellectually and psychologically riveting tale about how the war on terrorism can suddenly---and continually---reshape our world.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780307272546
0307272540
Characteristics: 341 p. ; 25 cm

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EmilyEm
Sep 25, 2016

Liz Carlyle leads her team, in Charles Wetherby’s absence, when a high-level peace conference in Scotland may be scene of a terrorist action involving seemingly Syria or Syrians.

Truly page-turning. This outing is also very personal for Liz as she meets her mother’s new ‘friend’ and has several men casting admiring glances her way.

gwsuperfan Jan 05, 2011

An incredibly complicated plot, fast-paced, and more cerebral than action-packed. A very enjoyable read.

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rahmmie
Dec 17, 2010

Fun read, not a book that I would consider amazing but still provides an entertaining time

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athena14
Nov 21, 2010

I was shocked that, in an Alfred A. Knopf Borzoi Book, a character's last name was misspelled several times. Spell-check "proofreading" is pathetic.

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