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Dead Line (Liz Carlyle #4)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,091 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
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
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published June 29th 2010 by Knopf (first published October 2nd 2008)
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Roderick Hart
This book is a thriller based on the British security service MI5. It is the fourth in a series dealing with the exploits of Liz Carlyle and is written by Stella Rimington, who ran MI5 in a previous existence. For this reason reviewers like to state that the books are realistic since the author knows the service from the inside. Which may or may not be true - but they cannot know without having been on the inside themselves.

Some reviews include mild complaints to the effect that the plots are a
Mal Warwick
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dame Stella Rimington served as Director General of Britain's Security Service, MI5, from 1992 to 1996. Eight years later, in retirement, her first spy novel was published, launching the Liz Carlyle series. Dead Line (2008) is the fourth in the series, now nine strong.

Clearly, Rimington has intimate knowledge of MI5 and its sister agency, MI6. So it's no surprise that every entry in the Liz Carlyle series rings with authenticity. What is unexpected is Rimington's proficiency with plotting, chara
Feb 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, kindle, read-in-2014
To say I struggled to finish this book would be an understatement. Many a time I got tempted to just ditch it, however I really dislike doing that. I would love to say that I was glad I stuck with it, but I am sad to say it didn't get any better. I had a slight glimpse of hope in the last 50 pages or so that things were getting interesting, but then it just died back off to dull narrative.

I really dislike leaving a negative review of any book, and always try to write something positive about ev
Kate Neilan
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Liz Carlyle is in Counter Terrorism, at MI5. She's good at it, too. She's logical, methodical but also intuitive; she's learned to trust her instincts in her previous few cases, and that includes her relationships with coworkers.

Her immediate superior is Charles Wetherby; his wife is terminally ill so whatever might have been between them is dismissed by Liz as an impossibility. There's also the rakish scoundrel Geoffrey Fane, who always plays fair at work but nowhere else. Peggy is Liz's faithf
Michael Martz
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Dead Line', the 4th in Stella Rimington's Liz Carlyle series, is a tricky one. The British secret service is made aware of the potential for the disruption of an international conference in Scotland, and from there it becomes a sometimes tedious search for the who, what, when, where, and why.

As with her prior novels, Ms. Rimington provides great descriptions of tradecraft and the inner workings of both the security services and the political atmosphere surrounding them. What I most enjoy about
Any Length
I did not like this book at all. No stars at all.
It was too slow moving, the chapters felt stilted and the back ground painted by the author for each scene felt false and unreal. The characters didn't feel right either. Peggy who was supposed to be a whiz with computers was more concerned with cooking a meal at the time of big pressure leading up to the conference. The background given to some of the other characters also felt "made up" and not natural. The plot was way too slow and all the chap
Henri Moreaux
I was drawn to this book by the blurb, it sounded like the basis for an exciting spy thriller. Sadly, whilst this book has the elements of an exciting spy thriller, it is far from such.

The narrative it at times rather dry and the plot isn't unique in terms of the method of getting to the climax, it's merely a rehash of the methods of a hundred other spy movies & books implemented in a way that makes you feel drowsy.

It's set in Britain so predictably there is no gun play, but there's also no
Carolyn Gwin
I'll probably finish the series but can't whole heartedly recommend to other spy/thriller book lovers. The author's background gives her novels huge credibility but so far her story lines are coming up short.
Tim Byron
Brief Chapters - not enough space to do serious character development - doesn't really gather momentum - no desire to read any more of the series
Jeff Crosby
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage, 2010
Clever, well paced counter espionage tale. The book is not particularly suspenseful, but it has strong, interesting characters. The plot is effectiely driven by procedure.
Rachel England-Brassy
Below par
Si Straw
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stella Rimington brings a very authentic touch to her Liz Carlyle series of thrillers and Dead Line is no exception. There is more than a touch of Lynda La Plante to the styling of protagonist. Tightly written, the investigative process is well detailed as Carlyle battles both her, as yet, unknown adversary and the prejudices of the world she inhabits as the plot surges towards the conclusion. Rimington's denouement's are perhaps not the most climactic but the ride along the way is most satisfyi ...more
Unley Libraries
Tuesday Fullarton Book Club 3/5

Mixed opinions from the group. As the forth book in the series some characters were established and some readers felt it was difficult to catch up. The rest of us thought it was a well constructed novel, keeping you guessing until the end and then there was another twist! Easy read, authentic and unpretentious, impressive the author had first hand knowledge of the subject matter.
MI6 MI5 FBI CIA Mossad Syria Middle East peace conference Gleneagles... it has it all. Good page turner
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story of spies, rivalry between Mossad, CIA, MI5, MI6 and a Syrian plot at gleneagles - good page turner
Kay Rollison
Dame Stella Rimington is Chair of the judges for this year’s Man Booker Prize. She is a former Director General of MI5, Britain’s counter-espionage agency. She has written an autobiography called Open Secret, which apparently doesn’t give any away, and spy stories featuring Liz Carlyle, also of MI5. Since she will be judging writing, I thought I’d see how she goes about it herself.

Dead Line, published in 2008, is the fourth in the series. A Middle East peace conference is to be held at Gleneagle
Oct 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
I picked this book up without knowing the author or any of her works. As a result, I found that it is at least a second book in a series using a continuing cast of characters. A condition I run into more often that one might suppose, not through laziness, but the desire to "select and go" - usually quickly. And so, I find someone whose work I like and could have started with book #1, but don't. (The Cece Caruso mystery series is another recent example.)

Usually this does not detract from my enjoy
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Dead Line is the fourth Stella Rimington novel centred on MI5 intelligence officer Liz Carlyle. However it can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel. I was somewhat disappointed by Rimington's last novel, Illegal Action, but with Dead Line she's back on form. This is a fast and enjoyable read.

The story centres on a plot to disrupt an upcoming Middle Eastern peace conference to be held at Gleneagles. It's an immediately intriguing storyline that quickly becomes complex, with many disparate threa
Joe Robles
May 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
#4 in the series and this time Liz is trying to prevent a Middle East peace conference to be held at Gleneagles from being derailed. Lots of double dealing involving Mossad, Syria, the CIA etc and it all got a bit convoluted. The conversation at the end between Liz and her CIA counterpart, where they methodically explain the loose ends to each other was a bit clunky, but perhaps necessary. The Gleneagles setting was well described.

The "love triangle" between Charle, Joanne and Liz seems finally
Valerie Andrews
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't get enough of Stella Rimington's Liz Carlyle, a smart and spunky MI5 agent who juggles personal and professional intrigue with humanity and intelligence. As I finish one book, I eagerly anticipate the next one.

As the Israelis and Syrians prepare to sit down at a peace conference in Scotland with other world leaders determined to hammer out some type of accord, intelligence and counter-terrorism agencies work to ensure a peaceful conference. But a dead body in a church, a strangely-dresse
Craig W.
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good read from an authority on MI5.
Sketchy information, accidental relationships and interplay between UK and US intelligence services engage the reader in the effort to uncover a threat to a mid-east peace conference. Main characters are well drawn and sympathetic. Tense situations are presented so as to maintain interest throughout the story. The author has fun with the reader as well, not every bang or flash of light is a threat. The end is satisfying insofar as the mystery is concer
The fourth book in the Liz Carlyle series. This one is focussed around some sort of terrorist attack which is planned on a Middle East peace conference which is due to take place in Gleneagles, Scotland. For my review of the previous book in the series which was slow to start, I used a sporting analogy. To continue this theme I would have to describe the start of this book as being like Usain Bolt out of the blocks.

The pace of the story and the constantly changing answer to the question: Who is
Dec 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
Like a crack addict I went back to Ms. Rimington, even though I had only moderately enjoyed the other two. This one just screamed "read me" and it was slightly less disappointing, but ultimately not enough to put the author into positive, 3+ star, territory. I wanted a light read and I got it --it just wasn't a good one. Liz Carlyle is a likable character and the MI5 procedural bits feel authentic, but the plot was too reminiscent of an earlier episode (rogue agent with Daddy issues) and the act ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It twisted and turned all over the place. Deciding who was a 'goodie' or a 'baddie' was difficult at times. The gathering at Gleneagles in Scotland was more or less the basis for this story. Everything was woven around this. Liz Carlisle was a very believable character as were others involved in her business.
I had my suspicions about Peggy for a while, I will not say if they were justified or not as I don't wish to spoil the story.
An excellent read.
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage
Stella Rimington was head of MI5, and this novel has an authenticity about it. Having said that, the life of a counter-espionage agent must be very boring with its interminable meetings. Liz Carlyle is an attractive heroine. Rimington's prose is clean and clear, but it lacks the nuances and tensions which make Gerald Seymour and John Le Carre so gripping. Having said that, one cannot fault the finale at Gleneagles as the Middle East Conference gets underway.
Hilary Lang Greenebaum
This was my first in the series and I enjoyed it, overall a bit complicated to keep track of who wore the white/balck hat but wasnt bored. Last week end there was an author profile in our newspaper so that made it all make sense! Stella Rimington was head of MI5 and really was a spy in real life. The book rings true in many small details as well as larger plots and intrigues. Well it feels authentic but I wouldn't really know!
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started December 9th, 2013.
Not in the mood for the other book Closed Hearts I just started.
And finished. Better than her last one, no slow middle part.
Complex and given the political situation with Israel and Syria, as real as when it was written (aka nothing much has changed).
Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I really like this series and Liz Carlyle as a character. Here Scotland's hosting a Middle Eastern peace conference, and MI5 has received warning that someone will try to disrupt it. Liz tries to figure who and how.

Not as much fun to read, since The Bad Guy is revealed to us pretty early on, but I still enjoy watching her work. I also like that she's honorable -- she's in love with her boss, but he's married, so she is silent.
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one but not quite as much as I liked the first three. Frankly, I found this one a bit confusing and had a hard time remembering exactly who was part of which organization and who was working for whom. Of course, such confusion turned out to be the whole point of the story; so I guess it's not surprising that I was confused.
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Dame Stella Whitehouse Rimington joined the Security Service (MI5) in 1968. During her career she worked in all the main fields of the Service: counter-subversion, counter-espionage and counter-terrorism. She was appointed Director General in 1992, the first woman to hold the post. She has written her autobiography and nine Liz Carlyle novels. She lives in London and Norfolk.

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