When the British spy agency MI5 learns of a murder plot against a Russian billionaire living in London, agent Liz Carlyle unearths an international conspiracy with roots in the Cold War in Stella Rimington’s Illegal Action.
Prime Suspect, with scheming ex-KGB agents tossed into the mix.
A former director general of MI5 in the ’90s, Rimington fills her brainy page-turner with authentic details and funny glimpses of the mundane realities of intelligence work, including awful hours, bumbling bosses, and department rivalries. Who would’ve thought life as a spy would have almost as much in common with The Office as it does with Mission: Impossible? B+