Illegal Action

Front Cover
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 1, 2008 - Fiction - 304 pages
17 Reviews
The fiercely intelligent, ambitious MI5 officer Liz Carlyle returns in a spy novel of arresting psychological complexity and unflagging suspense.

In the most recent installment in the Liz Carlyle series, Liz has been transferred to counter-espionage—the hub of MI5 operations during the Cold War. Her mission: protect Nikita Brunovsky, an increasingly vocal opponent of Vladimir Putin, who has been targeted for assassination and is seeking refuge in the UK. The Foreign Office is adamant about forestalling a crime that could become a full-blown international incident. So Liz goes undercover, attaching herself to Brunovsky's retinue: racing against the clock to determine who betrayed him and suddenly facing a wholly unexpected second task—unmasking a Russian operative working undercover alongside her.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Illegal Action (Liz Carlyle #3)

User Review  - Robert Dunn - Goodreads

Just OK. It takes a long time to get going. Even the ending has some problems when Liz is locked in the basement by the woman who recently tried very hard to kill her just the week before!! Read full review

Review: Illegal Action (Liz Carlyle #3)

User Review  - Ginger Weirich - Goodreads

A decidedly British tale of spies in a world where terrorism has been taking a front seat. With the mishandling of information, Carlyle winds up in a dangerous situation that, in hind sight, could ... Read full review

Selected pages

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Stella Rimington joined MI5 in 1965 and during her thirty-year career she worked in all the main fields of the Service's responsibilities –counter-subversion, counter-espionage, and counter-terrorism–and 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 Non-Executive Director of Marks and Spencer and published her autobiography, Open Secret, in the UK. She is the author of Secret Asset and At Risk.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bibliographic information