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At Risk by Stella Rimington
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really liked it
bookshelves: thrillers, reviewed

I've had my eye on Rimington's Liz Carlyle books for a while - how often do you get to read a spy novel written by a spy?

You can tell that the author knows the real business of intelligence work: her characters are doing a job. They have real-people worries, and real-people christmas parties (with 50 rubber David Shayler masks). Intelligence work is also the result of a team effort - every person bringing their own little piece of the jigsaw.

The story follows Liz Carlyle, as she tries to locate an "invisible" - an enemy agent dangerous because he or she has a legal right to reside in the target country, so is very difficult to spot. Not only must Liz identify the "invisible", but also the target. Something is about to go down - but what?

The best part of the book for me, was right at the end. Rimington has not taken the easy way out of making the enemy simply easy automata: people have reasons for what they do, and sometimes those are reasons that you can sympathise with, or understand. Sometimes not. Threat is not always about big plans by evil geniuses; sometimes, the threat is small, and human, and tragic - but no less dangerous.
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Reading Progress

June 19, 2016 – Started Reading
June 19, 2016 – Shelved
June 21, 2016 – Shelved as: thrillers
June 21, 2016 – Shelved as: reviewed
June 21, 2016 – Finished Reading

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