MI-5 Agent Liz Carlyle returns in this new thriller from Stella Rimmington. On her return from convalescing from her previous case, Carlyle hears from her informant, an Islamic bookstore owner, about a terrorist plot that is brewing. To her consternation, she is soon taken off the terrorism case to seek out a mole inside MI-5. Naturally, the two cases dovetail and Carlyle must connect the dots that are scattered before her.
Ms. Rimmington's writing has been criticized in the American press for being too plodding, with too much emphasis on the details of the investigation and too little action. But for those of us with an appreciation of British mysteries, this is our bread-and-butter. It's the detective's struggle to put the pieces of a madman's jigsaw puzzle together that we relish, and that's what makes books like "Secret Asset" a pleasure to read.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our April, 2008 issue.
See our reviews of recent works from Knopf that you might enjoy:
by Peter Spiegelman
Its a tale often told in mystery books. New York private eye John March's brother David, a Wall Street executive, has hooked up with an enchantress named Wren who threatens to tell his wife and bosses about their affair…[more]
The Toughest Show on Earth: My Rise and Reign at the Metropolita
by Joseph Volpe
Rarely is a biography such a delight to read. Volpi takes us into the great opera house and we are treated to tales and stories that are filled with color and information that makes the reader feel like an insider…[more]
See our current Fiction reviews.